What is a Neuro-Ophthalmologist?
Neuro-ophthalmologists take care of visual problems related to the nervous system. Neuro-ophthalmology, a subspecialty of both neurology and ophthalmology, requires specialized training and expertise in problems of the eye, brain, nerves and muscles. Sometimes the problem is confined to the optic nerve or the nervous system and other times it is related to a general medical condition. Neuro-ophthalmologists have unique abilities to evaluate patients from the neurological, ophthalmological, and medical standpoints to best diagnose and treat a wide variety of problems.
Some of the common problems evaluated by neuro-ophthalmologists include optic nerve problems, visual field loss, unexplained visual loss, transient visual loss, visual disturbances related to intracranial tumors or increased intracranial pressure, double vision, abnormal eye movements, thyroid eye disease, myasthenia gravis, unequal pupil size, and eyelid abnormalities.