Neuro-Ophthalmology


What is Neuro-ophthalmology?

Neuro-ophthalmology is a sub-specialty of both Ophthalmology and Neurology. A Neuro-ophthalmologist has Fellowship training after a residency in Ophthalmology or Neurology. The sub-specialist addresses problems of the visual system that relates to problems with the nerves that travel to and from the eye and brain.

What are symptoms of a neuro-ophthalmic disease?

Symptoms of patients that prompt referrals to a Neuro-ophthalmologist include: double vision, jiggling eyes, drooping lids, sudden or progressive visual loss, and headaches.

What are the conditions that arise from neuro-ophthalmic symptoms?

Some of the ailments which cause these complaints include: multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, brain tumors, strokes, pseudo-tumor cerebri and cardiovascular disease. Our Neuro-ophthalmologists at USF are generally diagnosticians but some perform surgical procedures such as optic nerve sheath decompression which is employed to relieve pressure on the optic nerves when there is high pressure inside the head from tumors or idiopathic intracranial hypertension.