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The Barrow Difference

The Barrow Difference – Neuro-Ophthalmology

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-ophthalmologist has the unique experience to evaluate patients from both standpoints.

Dr. Damian Berezovsky is committed to spending as much time as possible with each patient. He strives to provide an answer when other physicians can’t. 

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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. Neuro-ophthalmologists like Dr. Berezovsky are experts in optic nerve disorders. These include:

  • Hereditary Optic Neuropathies
  • Nutritional Optic Neuropathy
  • Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Papilledema
  • 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, Dr. Berezovksy 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
  • Stroke
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Advancing the Field Through Research

While some neuro-ophthalmological conditions can improve with treatment, the field remains largely diagnostic. However, Dr. Berezovsky is working to change that through collaborative research projects.

After earning his medical degree, Dr. Berezovsky spent four years working with a scientist who studies vision. He joined the Barrow faculty in part because of the Institute’s commitment to neuroscience research.

Variety of Symptoms Evaluated

Diagnosis begins with evaluating symptoms. Dr. Berezovsky 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)
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Disturbances (e.g. Photopsia)

Take the Next Step

Call to request more information or an appointment, or view our specialty-trained neurologists.