Neuro-ophthalmology is the field of medicine concerned with the visual problems that arise from conditions affecting the nervous system. It is a highly specialized field that requires intimate knowledge of both the eye and the brain and how these two vital organs interact. Often, a neuro-ophthalmmolgist is uniquely qualified to diagnose certain neurologic conditions presenting with visual symptoms, and correct diagnosis can be life-saving.
Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A., is pleased to offer patients with neuro-ophthalmic diseases compassionate care of only the highest standard. Our entire team are dedicated to helping those who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other diseases or disorders recover their eyesight.
If you or someone you love is in need of neuro-ophthalmology evaluation or treatment, our Wilmington, Delaware practice can help. Contact Eye Physicians and Surgeons, P.A., today for further information.
Symptoms of Neuro-ophthalmic Disorders
Common symptoms of neuro-ophthalmic disorders include unexplained loss of vision, double vision (clinically known as diplopia), other unexplained visual disturbances, spasms in the face or eyelids, visual distortions accompanied by severe head pain, and unequal pupils. Our team is highly trained and experienced in diagnosing these symptoms and prescribing a necessary course of evaluation and treatment. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment supports our efforts to make the most accurate and timely diagnoses possible.
Common Neuro-ophthalmic Diseases and Their Causes
Neuro-ophthalmic diseases can be caused by traumatic brain injuries and strokes, and are often associated with brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, optic nerve diseases, and other conditions of the central nervous system. Common neuro-ophthalmic diseases include optic neuritis (an inflammation of the optic nerve), ocular myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune disease resulting in muscle weakness in the eyes), and papilledema (a swelling of the optic nerve due to intracranial pressure). Other neuro-ophthalmic diseases include:
- Optic neuropathy (damage to the optic nerve)
- Blepharospasm (uncontrollable and abnormal muscles twitching of the eyelid)
- Thyroid eye disease
- Paraneoplastic syndromes (symptoms caused by the occurrence of cancer, but not as the result of localized cancer cells)
- Cranial nerve palsies
The treatment of neuro-ophthalmic disease depends on many factors, including its cause, its severity, and the symptoms it manifests. We carefully analyze each individual patient’s case in order to suggest the best course of action. To schedule a neuro-ophthalmology consultation at our Wilmington, Delaware eye care center, please contact our office today.