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Cerebrospinal fluid pressure and the eye
  1. William H Morgan1,
  2. Chandrakumar Balaratnasingam1,
  3. Christopher R P Lind2,
  4. Steve Colley3,
  5. Min H Kang1,
  6. Philip H House1,
  7. Dao-Yi Yu1
  1. 1Lions Eye Institute, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
  2. 2School of Surgery, University of Western Australia, West Australian Neurosurgical Service, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Hospital Avenue, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
  3. 3Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor William H Morgan, Lions Eye Institute, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6009, Australia; billmorgan{at}


Cerebrospinal fluid pressure (CSFP) interacts with intraocular pressure (IOP) and blood pressure to exert a major influence upon the eye, particularly the optic nerve head region. There is increased interest regarding the influence of CSFP upon disorders affecting this region, in particular glaucoma and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. Additionally, a high proportion of astronauts develop features similar to idiopathic intracranial hypertension that persist for years after returning to Earth. The factors that affect the CSFP influence upon the optic nerve and globe are likely to influence the outcome of various ophthalmic disorders.

  • Glaucoma
  • Intraocular pressure
  • Optic Nerve
  • Physiology
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