optic disk


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optic disk

[′äp·tik ‚disk]
(neuroscience)
The circular area in the retina that is the site of the convergence of fibers from the ganglion cells of the retina to form the optic nerve.
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You can locate the optic disk by noting where the blood vessels originate or the blue arcs terminate in Activities 6 and 10, respectively If you keep one eye closed and blink with the other eye while looking at a uniformly illuminated surface (such as the inner surface of a ping pong ball cut in half to fit over the eye), you may see a gray disk at the location of the optic disk (Palmer, 1991).
The anterior or intraocular optic nerve consists of a short segment (about 1 mm) that passes through the lamina cribrosa of the sclera and includes the optic disk as visualized on ophthalmoscopy.