Bergmeister’s Papilla

  • Juan Orellana
  • Alan H. Friedman


The presence of glial tissue on the optic nerve head constitutes the condition commonly known as Bergmeister’s papilla, also known as an epipapillary veil. The glial tissue often fills in the optic cup such that the cup is obliterated. The nasal disc appears to be more involved with the glial tissue than is the temporal disc.


Public Health Visual Acuity Visual Field Optic Nerve Surface Structure 
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Selected Reading

  1. Bergmeister O (1877). Beiträge zur Entwicklungsgeschichte des Saugethierauges in Shenk SL (ed). Mitteilungen aus dem Embryologischen Institut der Univ Wien: Vol. 1: 63–81Google Scholar
  2. Roth AM, Foos RY (1982). Surface structure of the optic nerve head: epipapillary membranes. Am J Ophthalmol 74: 977–985Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Orellana
    • 1
  • Alan H. Friedman
    • 1
  1. 1.Mount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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