Should You Be Seen By a Neuro-Ophthalmology Specialist?

A large portion of the brain is dedicated to vision and control of the eyes, and the relationship between the brain and the eyes is very complex. Vision problems related to the brain and nervous system require a neuro-ophthalmologist with in-depth knowledge of these problems and their progression, who can examine your history, symptoms, test results and other information to find a precise diagnosis.

Physicians who specialize in neuro-ophthalmology take care of visual problems that are related to the nervous system; that is, visual problems that do not come from the eyes themselves. Many parts of the brain are used for vision-related activities, including sight and moving the eyes.

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Our neuro-ophthalmologist will develop a personalized plan of care that may include consultation with Inova neurologists and neurosurgeons to make sure you get the best treatment plan for your condition. Some common problems evaluated by neuro-ophthalmologists include:

  • Abnormal eye movements
  • Blepharospasm
  • Double vision
  • Idiopathic Intracranial hypertension
  • Ocular myasthenia gravis
  • Optic nerve problems (such as Optic neuritis and ischemic optic neuropathy)
  • Thyroid eye disease

What to Expect

In order to identify your problem and determine the best treatment for you, our neuro-ophthalmology specialist will:

  • Review your current condition as well as your medical history.
  • Perform a partial or complete eye examination.
  • Perform a partial or complete neurologic exam to test your strength, sensation, and coordination.
  • Review the findings of our neuro-ophthalmologic evaluation to identify your condition and determine the best treatment.

Treatment options vary widely depending on your condition and may include observation, medication or, when necessary, surgery.

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