is a physician specializing in diseases that originate in the nervous system and affect vision. Neuro-ophthalmology
, a subspecialty of both neurology and ophthalmology, requires specialized training and expertise in problems of the eyes, brain, nerves, and muscles.
Some commonly seen diseases that a neuro-ophthalmologist may see include optic neuritis, optic neuropathy, temporal arteritis, papilledema, ocular myasthenia gravis, brain tumors, or strokes affecting vision, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, unexplained vision loss, headaches, double vision and strabismus, blepharospasm, thyroid eye disease, unequal pupil size and eyelid abnormalities.
Only the most complex and difficult cases are referred to neuro-ophthalmology. The neuro-ophthalmic evaluation is one of the most comprehensive work-ups that you will experience. It may take a few hours to complete.
You will be asked to give an account of your current problem and relate your entire medical history, including prior hospitalizations, operations, serious illnesses, medical problems in your family members, current medications, and medicine allergies.
According to current statistics, there are only 36 neuro-ophthalmologists in the state of Florida. You would have to travel to Sarasota or Miami to find the next available neuro-ophthalmologist. Our practice takes pride in dedicating the time required for our patients' treatments. We apologize if this may, in any way, prolong your wait and we appreciate your patience.