Neuro-ophthalmologists receive training in both neurology and ophthalmology to treat complex vision conditions related to the nervous system. They have expertise in eye, brain, nerve and muscle problems.
The eyes and the nervous system are highly interconnected. Humans use almost half of their brains for vision-related activities, including sight and moving the eyes. Our two eyes work like cameras that must focus on the same point for the neurological machinery to put one image together.
Because of specialized training, a neuro-ophthalmologist is able to offer a patient a diagnosis for an otherwise unexplainable condition. At that point, the neuro-ophthalmologist can work with the patient to reverse any vision loss or intervene in some capacity to improve the patient’s vision.
Dr. Timothy Minton is a neuro-ophthalmologist at Yorkshire Eye Clinic. He discusses why he chose the specialty and explains more about it in this video.
Neuro-ophthalmology conditions include:
- Optic nerve problems
- Unexplained or temporary vision loss
- Double vision and visual disturbances
- Abnormal eye movements
- Thyroid eye disease, also called Graves’ disease, a condition that causes the muscles and soft tissues of the eye socket to swell.
- Myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease that leads to fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigue. Initial symptoms can relate to the eyes, including drooping eyelids and double-vision.
For help with a neuro-ophthalmology issue, call Yorkshire Eye Clinic at (605) 692-7315 or (800) 477-2954.