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Neuro-Ophthalmology Program

At a Glance: Our Neuro-Ophthalmology Program

An individualized branch of medicine treating visual problems related to diseases of the brain, rather than the eyes, neuro-ophthalmology is a specialty that’s often underserved. Yet, with training in both neurology and ophthalmology, our neuro-ophthalmologists have the experience to evaluate patients from each of these angles.

Additionally, Barrow is home to a multitude of neurological specialists familiar with the conditions that underlie eye and visual problems. This, in turn, allows you or your loved one to receive exhaustive, thorough treatment under one roof.

Note: At this time, a referral from a neurologist or ophthalmologist is required to make an appointment with one of our neuro-ophthalmology providers.

The Barrow Difference

Many patients are referred to our Neuro-Ophthalmology Program for additional evaluation after consulting with a neurologist, ophthalmologist, optometrist, or any combination of the three. Once referred, our neuro-ophthalmologists take as much time with you as possible in order to provide you or your loved one with answers. Our neuro-ophthalmologists are dedicated to providing an answer when other physicians can’t. 

Considering that a proper diagnosis starts with an in-depth evaluation, our team is highly-skilled in assessing a variety of visual and eye-related symptoms, including:

  • Abnormal Eye Movements (e.g. Nystagmus)
  • Double Vision (Diplopia)
  • Eyelid Abnormalities (e.g. Ptosis)
  • Forced Eye Closure (Blepharospasm)
  • Unequal Pupil Size (Anisocoria)
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Optic Nerve Disorder Expertise

In a nutshell, the optic nerves are responsible for carrying messages from the eyes to the brain. Given the weight of this task, the following optic nerve disorders can manifest due to a number of causes:

  • Hereditary Optic Neuropathies
  • Nutritional Optic Neuropathy
  • Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Papilledema
  • Toxic Optic Neuropathy 
  • Traumatic Optic Neuropathy

Collaboration Across Subspecialties

Barrow is home to specialists in a variety of neurological conditions that underlie eye and visual problems, which means our patients are able to receive further evaluation—and the right treatment—in one location. Depending on your diagnosis, our team may refer you to a Barrow expert who specializes in one of the following:

  • Brain Tumors
  • Intracranial Hypertension
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pituitary Disorders
  • Stroke

While some neuro-ophthalmological conditions can improve with treatment, the field at large remains largely diagnostic. However, our Neuro-Ophthalmology Program at Barrow Neurological Institute continues to work to affect the status quo through collaborative research projects.



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