Neuro-ophthalmology is a unique medical sub-specialty that bridges the gap between the eye, ophthalmology, and the nervous system, neurology. Our neuro-ophthalmologists specialize in diseases of the nervous system that affect vision and diseases of the eye that can mimic neurologic disorders. Since it can be challenging at times for patients and providers to know precisely where a patient’s visual problem is arising from, neuro-ophthalmololgists must be equally familiar with diseases of the eye and nervous system.
Patients seen in the neuro-ophthalmology clinic can expect visits to last from 1-4 hours depending on the nature of their particular problem. Since the spectrum of diseases seen in neuro-ophthalmology clinic is broad, the history and examination are thorough and cover both the eye and the neurologic system. Additional testing is often required on the day of the clinic visit. Follow-up testing and additional office visits are common.
Many patients referred to our neuro-ophthalmology clinic have seen other health care providers for their problem and undergone testing. In that case, it is very important that patients either request their prior medical records be faxed over to our office in advance or bring the records with them to the visit. This aides our physicians in making the correct diagnosis and avoids expensive, redundant testing. If patients have had neuro-imaging (e.g. MRI or CT scans) then it is vital that the patient bring a copy of the imaging with them to the appointment on a disc. The imaging center where the study was performed will typically make a copy of the images for the patient at little or no cost.
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