• Well defined, white bowl-shaped excavation inferiorly displaced in an enlarged optic disc
• Excavation location reflects position of the embryonic fissure relative to the primitive epithelial papilla
• More involved cases appear as enlargement of the peripapillary area with a deep, central excavation lined by glistening white tissue
• Superior disc typically spared, but occasional involvement of the entire disc occurs
• Defect can extend into the adjacent inferior and nasal choroid and retina
• Iris and ciliary body colobomas can coexist
• Visual acuity is primarily dependent upon integrity of the papillomacular bundle; may be mildly-to-severely decreased
• Visual acuity difficult to predict based on appearance of the disc
• Occur unilaterally and bilaterally with approximately equal frequency
• Occasional orbital cysts can occur with possible communication between the cyst and the excavation
• Can be accompanied by CHARGE association (CHD7)
• May arise sporadically or be inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern
Possible genetic counseling and/or prenatal testing (if mutated gene known or syndrome recognized in family)
Neuroimaging demonstrates a crater-like excavation of the posterior globe at its junction with the optic nerve
Thought to result from incomplete or abnormal coaptation of the proximal end of the embryonic fissure
COMMONLY ASSOCIATED CONDITIONS
May be accompanied by multiple systemic conditions such as:
• CHARGE Association
• Walker-Warburg Syndrome
• Goltz Focal Dermal Hypoplasia
• Aicardi Syndrome
• Goldenhar Sequence
• Linear Sebaceous Nevus Syndrome
• Increased risk of acquired visual loss through serous retinal detachment in cases of isolated optic nerve coloboma (versus the typical rhegmatogenous retinal detachments seen in chorioretinal coloboma)
• Microphthalmia may also be present in cases with coexistent chorioretinal involvement
• Full ocular examination including careful evaluation of the optic discs and evaluation for concomitant treatable amblyopia
• Systemic examination for other anomalies
DIAGNOSTIC TESTS & INTERPRETATION
Initial lab tests
None unless associated systemic abnormalities exist
Follow-Up & Special Considerations
Significant risk of acquired visual loss through retinal detachment dictates regular follow up with careful retinal evaluation.
Presence of intrascleral smooth muscle oriented concentrically around the distal optic nerve.
• Morning Glory Disc Anomaly (funnel-shaped excavation of the posterior fundus that incorporates the optic disc)
• Peripapillary staphyloma (relatively normal appearing disc located in a recess peripapillary excavation)
No medical treatment for the primary disorder
Impact resistant glasses for protection of the non-involved eye if subnormal visual acuity is demonstrated or suspected in the involved eye, or in cases of bilateral involvement.
Issues for Referral
• Low vision evaluation and support as indicated in cases with significant bilateral involvement
• Retinal surgery for detachment
COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES
None proven or indicated
• Amblyopia therapy and strabismus surgery as indicated
• Retinal detachment surgery as indicated
• Regular follow-ups to monitor for evidence of retinal detachment
• As needed for amblyopia and strabismus monitoring and treatment
• Low vision care
• Patient concerns about appearance if significant strabismus is present
• Monitor for possible development of acquired loss of vision from retinal detachment
• Possible genetic counseling in cases with family history of the condition
• Low vision intervention in patients with significant bilateral involvement
• Broad range of best corrected visual acuity
• Relatively high risk of subsequent retinal detachment
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377.23 Coloboma of optic disc
• Work to maximize visual potential, especially in bilateral cases. Difficult to predict eventual best corrected visual acuity based on the appearance of the optic disc.
• Use of a high plus lens to equalize the image size of the iris through spectacle lenses can help to provide a more normal appearance in patients with associated microphthalmia.
• Major ophthalmic concerns include protecting the better seeing eye, monitoring the involved eye for possible treatable overlying amblyopia and strabismus, and monitoring for acquired loss of vision in the involved eye from retinal detachment.
• Significant associated systemic abnormalities include CHARGE association.