About Our Center
Neuro-ophthalmology is a branch of medicine concerned with visual problems related to diseases of the brain rather than diseases of the eyes themselves. With training both in neurology and ophthalmology, our neuro-ophthalmologists have the unique experience to evaluate patients from both standpoints.
Neuro-ophthalmology is an uncommon specialty, with parts of the world still underserved. Many patients are referred to our Neuro-Ophthalmology Program for further evaluation after seeing a neurologist, ophthalmologist, optometrist, or a combination of the three. Our neuro-ophthalmologists will take as much time with you as possible and strive to provide you with the answers you need. Barrow is also home to specialists in a variety of neurological conditions that underlie eye and visual problems, allowing you to receive comprehensive treatment under one roof.
Note: At this time, a referral from a neurologist or ophthalmologist is required to make an appointment with a Barrow neuro-ophthalmology provider.
The Barrow Difference
Neuro-ophthalmology is an uncommon specialty, with parts of the world still underserved. Many patients are referred to our Neuro-Ophthalmology Program after seeing a neurologist, ophthalmologist, optometrist, or a combination of the three.
Committed to Providing Answers
With training in both neurology and ophthalmology, our neuro-ophthalmologists has the unique experience to evaluate patients from both standpoints.
Our neuro-ophthalmologists are committed to spending as much time as possible with each patient and strive to provide an answer when other physicians can’t.
Experience in Optic Nerve Disorders
The symptoms above may be caused by an optic nerve disorder. The optic nerves carry messages from the eyes to the brain. These include:
- Hereditary Optic Neuropathies
- Nutritional Optic Neuropathy
- Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
- Optic Neuritis
- Toxic Optic Neuropathy
- Traumatic Optic Neuropathy
Collaboration Across Subspecialties
Barrow is also home to specialists in a variety of neurological conditions that underlie eye and visual problems. This allows our patients to receive further evaluation and comprehensive treatment in one location. Depending on your diagnosis, our team may refer you to a Barrow expert who specializes in one of the following conditions:
- Brain Tumors
- Intracranial Hypertension
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Pituitary Disorders
Advancing the Field Through Research
While some neuro-ophthalmological conditions can improve with treatment, the field remains largely diagnostic. However, the neuro-ophthalmology program is working to change that through collaborative research projects.
Variety of Symptoms Evaluated
Diagnosis begins with evaluating symptoms. Our team is experienced 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)