What's That in My Retinal Photo? Optic Nerve Pit3:25 PM
Most of the time, an optic pit is harmless -- you may have an enlarged natural blind spot in your field of vision, but most people are not bothered by this (optic pits are usually only in 1 eye). There is an association with serous retinal detachment, however. Since the optic pit it is usually located near the macula (central vision area), a detachment in that area can be devastating to vision. Therefore, a person with an optic pit is watched closely for signs of swelling or fluid leakage inside the eye. If this occurs, laser treatment can minimize the damage if caught early enough and prevent permanent severe vision loss.
Without someone looking, you would never know if you have an optic nerve pit, so make sure you are seen by an eye doctor for routine health care even if you have no vision complaints!