Orbit and optic nerve
Coloboma of optic nerve

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 11 May 2018, last major update February 2014

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Definition / general
  • Unilateral abnormality of optic nerve head, of congenital origin
  • Complete coloboma may form large hole or posterior protrusion near optic nerve
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Large defect with mostly bare sclera, lined by fibrous or glial tissue
  • May involve retina and choroid along its edges