Occipital Lobe and Pathology

The occipital lobe is governed with the perception of vision. The visual cortex lies in the calcarine sulcus, and consists of the striate cortex and para-striate cortex.



Impairment of Occipital Lobe Function

A cortical lesion will result in an homonymous hemianopia with or without involvement of the macular. The more posterior the lesion will determine the degree of macular involvement.


Anton’s Syndrome- bilateral cortical lesions will result in cortical blindness. Patient is in denial regarding his visual loss. Syndrome most likely seen in patients post strke.

Visual Hallucinations e.g migraine or epilepsy