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Neuro-ophthalmology—A subspecialty you may not have known existed.

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Did you know we use about 1/2 of our brain function for vision-related activities? Those with vision related problems may have other problems causing their vision to fail.  

A Neuro-ophtamlogist is physician trained in both neurology and ophthalmology, and requires specialized training and expertise in problems of the eye, brain, nerves and muscles. Neuro-ophthalmologists complete at least 5 years of clinical training after medical school and are usually board certified in Neurology, Ophthalmology, or both.

Some of the common problems evaluated by neuro-ophthalmologists include: optic nerve problems (such as optic neuritis and ischemic optic neuropathy), visual field loss, unexplained visual loss, transient visual loss, visual disturbances, double vision, abnormal eye movements, thyroid eye disease, myasthenia gravis, unequal pupil size, and eyelid abnormalities.

You can ask your family doctor to refer you to a Neuro-ophtamlogist or for more information you can check out: North American Neuro-Ophthalmogy Society's Website.


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