An 81-year-old woman presented with light perception vision in her left eye and had pallid swelling of the left optic disk. Temporal artery biopsy was normal. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed enlargement and enhancement of the left orbital optic nerve. There were vitreous cells, but a vitrectomy specimen showed only a benign lymphocytic population. Her vision deteriorated to no light perception in the left eye, and an optic nerve biopsy revealed a diffuse astrocytoma of World Health Organization grade II.