Neuro ophthalmology concerns problems with the brain and nervous system that affect the eyes. Such problems can be caused by a nystagmus, damage to the brain (stroke, MS, trauma), problems with the optic nerve, cranial nerve palsies. They may also happen for unexplained reasons.
Neuro ophthalmological conditions can often be very frightening due to the nature of the visual symptoms many of the conditions cause, such as eye movement irregularities and loss of sight.
Our neuro ophthalmology service is run by experienced consultants offering specialist diagnosis and treatment of a range of visual conditions brought on by damage to the brain and nervous system. Rest assured you’re in the safest hands.
Who should see a Neuro Ophthalmologist?
Anyone suffering from visual impairment (such as loss of visual acuity or a change in colour vision) caused by problems with the brain or nervous system could be seen by a neuro ophthalmologist.
Patients who are experiencing problems with double vision, involuntary eye movements or who
are having trouble moving their eyes could also be seen by a neuro ophthalmologist.
What to expect
You will liaise directly with your consultant’s private secretary and they will provide you with all of the information you need to be fully prepared for your appointment. For example, you may be asked to bring copies of your prescriptions, your glasses, relevant medical records and any copies of previous MRI or CT scans you’ve had.
During the appointment, your consultant will ask you about your symptoms and will carefully consider your medical history and any existing neurological problems you might be experiencing.
Once there is a good understanding of your history, the consultant will begin a physical evaluation which involves examining important structures of the eye such as the optic nerve and retina.
At the end of the appointment, your neuro ophthalmologist will discuss their findings with you and explain the possible treatment options.
I really cannot thank you enough for the enormous kindness you and your staff showed me when I came in for my MRI last week. I was extremely nervous, having panicked during an MRI scan before at another hospital. However, your staff put me at ease from the first moment I stepped foot in your department. I have now had my MRI done, and can go back to see my consultant with all of the information he needs. Thank you.