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Stanford Center for Optic Disc Drusen at the Byers Eye Institute

Department of Ophthalmology


Optic disc drusen is a condition that affects vision and the optic nerve - the connection between the eye and the brain. For unknown reasons, damaged optic nerve axons lead to calcium-containing deposits at the optic nerve head. These deposits are present in about 2-4% of the general population, and can lead to possible vision loss. There is still research being done on why this causes vision loss for some, but not for others.

At the Stanford Center for Optic Disc Drusen at the Byers Eye Institute, we have a premier group of faculty dedicated to investigating optic nerve damage, with hopes that we can protect and restore vision in patients with this condition. These include investigators who specialize in studies of the retina, optic nerve, and brain. We also have experts in clinical trial design who can help translate our findings to novel clinical studies.

The goals of our research include: (1) better understand patients with optic disc drusen and why some people develop vision loss, (2) develop an animal model of optic disc drusen and test possible treatment, and (3) learn how optic disc drusen is related to other optic neuropathies like ischemic optic neuropathy and glaucoma and how optic neuropathies affect the brain visual processing.


Y. Joyce Liao, MD, PhD


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Press & Media

For press and media to work with the Stanford Center for Optic Disc Drusen at the Byers Eye Institute, they must contact the Department of Ophthalmology and the Stanford Medicine Office of Communication & Public Affairs, as the Department of Ophthalmology falls within the School of Medicine. To find out more information, visit here.

After visiting the above website, draft a group email regarding press and media to:

• the necessary Stanford Medicine Office of Communication & Public Affairs contact(s)


• Kathryn Sill at


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