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Leah Brickey

Leah was born on October 29th 2012, perfectly healthy and beautiful!

At around 3 months we noticed Leah wasn't focusing on objects or people so I took her to the doctors. She had a CT scan which came back perfectly normal. Then she had an MRI that came back showing her optic nerves were too small. We have been to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and they ran more tests and confirmed Leah has Optic Nerve Hypoplasic (ONH). She is currently receiving occupational & physical therapy and is doing amazing! She is so smart and I can't wait to see what her future holds.

Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH) is a medical condition arising from the underdevelopment of the optic nerve(s). This condition is the most common congenital optic nerve anomaly. The optic disc appears abnormally small, because not all the optic nerve axons have developed properly. The optic nerve, which is responsible for transmitting visual signals from the retina to the brain, has approximately 1.2 million nerve fibers in the average person. In those diagnosed with ONH, however, there are noticeably fewer nerve fibers, which range in number from patient to patient.