Neuro-ophthalmology is an ophthalmic subspecialty that addresses the relationship between the eye and the brain, specifically disorders of the optic nerve, orbit, and brain, associated with visual symptoms. Eye Consultants of Atlanta provides care for patients with Neuro-Ophthalmologic problems, such as double vision and partial loss of vision that may be due to disorders of the nervous system and its intricate connection to the eyes. Common Neuro-ophthalmalogic complaints include: blurred vision, loss of vision, double vision, difficulty tracking with the eyes, vertigo, drooping eyelids, eye pain, changes in their pupils, and other visual symptoms. The potential causes of these problems vary widely, ranging from benign but bothersome migraines, to serious conditions such as brain tumors. Common Neuro-ophthalmalogic conditions include stroke, multiple sclerosis, thyroid eye (Graves’) disease, physical trauma, myasthenia gravis, cranial nerve palsies, optic nerve damage, and eyelid or facial spasm.
A change in your ability to see, from a neurological perspective, can happen at any age, and can be caused by many conditions, including:
A weakening of nerves controlling the eye muscles
Infection, disease or pressure on the optic nerve
Tumor or stroke
Certain systemic diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
About the Neuro-Ophthalmic Exam at Eye Consultants of Atlanta
Your first appointment may last up to 4 hours. Once your appointment is made a clinician assistant will be contacting you by phone to obtain a preliminary history. This information will help our doctors assess the urgency of your visit and determine a treatment protocol. To make your visit as smooth as possible, it is crucial to bring as much information about your previous medical work up as possible. This includes: prior exam notes, radiology studies (CT/MRI), pathology reports, and lab results. Ancillary testing is often very useful and can include visual field testing and sophisticated optic nerve imaging.
Often times, further work up may be required after an initial exam including CT scan, MRI, and or ultrasound studies. One of our secretaries will help arrange this. Additionally, many conditions will require the help of other physicians including: primary care physicians, neurologists, rheumatologist, endocrinologists, and neuro-surgeons.