Organ: Optic nerve

Optic nerve: Nerves connecting the eyes and the brain
Optic nerve: The optic nerve is the eye's main nerve to the brain. 1
Introduction: The optic nerve connects the retina (which receives visual images) to the brain's visual processing areas. The retina converts light images into electrical or nervous signals that are then sent down the optic nerve to the brain.
Introduction: The optic nerve is a bundle of more than 1 million nerve fibers. It connects the retina, the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye, with the brain . A healthy optic nerve is necessary for good vision.2
Condition count: 2 ; see list below.
Organ types: Eye (102)
Organs: all organs

Diseases list: The following list of medical conditions have 'Optic nerve' or similar listed as an affected body part in our database:


  • Optic neuritis ... optic nerve


  • Papilloedema ... optic nerve

    1. excerpt from Keep your eyes healthy: NIDDK
    2. excerpt from Facts About Glaucoma: NEI

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