As we get older, we lose 7000 retinal ganglion axons/year for 40% lost over a lifetime. This is .5% of your visual function lost every year! Thinning of retinal nerve fiber layer surrounding our optic nerve and in the macula/retina is like thinning hair and receding gums with age. In glaucoma, these ganglion cells areContinue reading “Normal Aging or Glaucoma?”
Thinning in the layers of the retina and retinal pigment epithelium around the optic nerve is called peripapillary atrophy. This can be a risk factor for glaucoma, and can also cause your blind spot to be larger than normal. Regular eye exams with fundus photos are recommended to monitor for any changes.