Optic Nerve

Type of Nerve: Sensory
Chief Function(s) of Nerve: Vision

The optic nerve , cranial nerve II, transmits visual information to occipital cortex.  The nerve is easily found by locating a large "X-shaped" structure just caudal to the olfactory bulbs. The fibers anterior to the intersection of the "X", are optic nerve fibers.  Axons caudal to the intersection, called the optic chiasm, are optic tract fibers.

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