Mechanical properties of the optic nerve head

Junfei Tong, Linxia Gu

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Glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide, is characterized by gradual and progressive damage to the optic nerve. The portion of the optic nerve clinically visible on examination is referred to as the optic nerve head (ONH), which is exposed to both intraocular pressure and intracranial pressure. The biomechanical environment of the ONH has been correlated with the development of glaucoma. This review summarizes the material characterizations of major components in ONH and elucidates the role of aging, treatment, and testing approaches on the mechanical behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMechanical Behaviour of Biomaterials
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780081021743
ISBN (Print)9780081021750
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Biomechanics
  • Dura mater
  • Lamina cribrosa
  • Material test
  • Sclera

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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