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February 1977

Optic Nerve Hypoplasia With Good Visual Acuity and Visual Field DefectsA Study of Children of Diabetic Mothers

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Medical Center (Dr Petersen), and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Dr Walton), Boston.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(2):254-258. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450020055011

• Seventeen children, born of severely diabetic mothers, exhibited segmental optic nerve hypoplasia with normal visual acuity and altitudinal or sector field defects corresponding to the hypoplastic areas of the disc. This is the first group of patients with optic nerve hypoplasia in which a possible cause has been identified. Optic nerve hypoplasia is neither a rare abnormality usually associated with serious central nervous system defects, nor is it always accompanied by decreased visual acuity.

(Arch Ophthalmol 95:254-258, 1977)