Diagnosis of Ischaemic Optic Neuropathy

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Firstly, a medical assessment of the fundus (back of the eye) is performed. In most cases, a blood test is also done to determine the erythrocite sedimentation speed (ESR), the C-reactive protein (CRP) and the complete blood count (CBC) of the different blood cell types.

If arteritic ischaemic optic neuropathy is suspected, a biopsy of the temporal artery tissue is done to complete the diagnosis.

Other imaging tests can be performed in some cases, such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), computed tomography (CT) of the brain, a sleep study (polysomnography) and a coagulation study.

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