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Prevalence of the optic disc anomalies in the adult South Indian population
  1. Shikha Talwar Bassi1,
  2. Ronnie George2,
  3. Swarnali Sen2,
  4. Rashima Asokan3,
  5. Vijaya Lingam2
  1. 1 Neuroophthalmology Services, Sankara Nethralaya, Medical Research Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  2. 2 Glaucoma Services, Sankara Nethralaya,Medical Research Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  3. 3 Elite School of Optometry, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shikha Talwar Bassi, Neuroophthalmology Services, Sankara Nethralaya,Medical Research Foundation, Chennai 600 006, Tamil Nadu, India; shikha_bassi{at}


Purpose To determine the prevalence of congenitally abnormal disc (all anomalies) in an adult population in southern India.

Methods Subjects aged ≥40 years (n=6013) underwent a complete ophthalmic examination. Optic disc anomalies were diagnosed according to the definitions given in the article.

Results Optic disc anomalies were found in 81 eyes of 66 (1.1%, 95% CIs 0.00834 to 0.01361) patients. The prevalence of each anomaly in the descending order was peripapillary myelinated nerve fibre (0.28%), epipapillary glial tissue on the optic disc (0.28%), peripapillary vascular loops (0.16%), tilted disc (0.09%), optic disc coloboma (0.08%), optic nerve hypoplasia (0.04%), optic disc pit (0.04%), optic disc pigmentation (0.03%), optic nerve head drusen (0.03%), Bergmeister’s papilla (0.03%), optic disc pit and coloboma (0.01%).

Conclusions The prevalence of optic disc anomalies is 1.1% in the adult South Indian population.

  • optic nerve
  • epidemiology

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  • Contributors Substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data and drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content: all authors. Statistical analysis: STB and RA. Final approval of the version to be published: STB and RG.

  • Funding This study was supported by Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation, Chennai.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval The study was conducted in accordance with the tenets of the Declaration of Helsinki after the institutional review board approved the study.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Presented at The study has been presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting 2012 at Chicago.

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