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-ophthalmologic complaints include blurred vision, loss of vision, double vision, difficulty tracking with the eyes, vertigo, drooping eyelids, eye pain, changes in 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-ophthalmologic 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:
- Hormonal/pituitary imbalances
- 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.