Neuro-Ophthalmology in Houston, TX
Eye Excellence, located in Houston and serving patients in Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas, provides a variety of vision services for our patients, including neuro-ophthalmology treatments.
What Is Neuro-Ophthalmology?
Neuro-ophthalmology is the field of medicine that treats conditions of the eye and brain connection. In these conditions, the problem lies not in the eyes themselves but in the nerves that connect the eyes to the brain. Almost half of the brain is engaged in visual activities, including moving the eyes and seeing. When a problem arises in these nervous system connections, treatment is necessary.
What Is a Neuro-Ophthalmologist?
Neuro-ophthalmologists take care of visual problems related to the nervous system; that is, visual problems that do not come from the eyes themselves. We use almost half of the brain for vision-related activities, including sight and moving the eyes.
Neuro-ophthalmologists are specially trained to deal with problems of the eye and nervous system connection. These medical specialists receive an additional five years of training beyond their medical degree and are board-certified in neurology, ophthalmology or both medical fields.
They have unique experience and training in evaluating patients from the neurologic, ophthalmologic and medical standpoint to diagnose and treat a wide variety of problems.
Common Neuro-Ophthalmology Conditions
Eye Excellence treats a number of neuro-ophthalmology conditions, including transient vision loss, peripheral vision loss, abnormal eye movements, double vision, unequal pupils, eye pain and other problems, such as the following:
- Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (AION)
- Benign Essential Blepharospasm (BEB)
- Microvascular Cranial Nerve Palsy
- Optic Neuritis
- Pseudotumor Cerebri
- Thyroid Eye Disease
Medical Evaluation of Neuro-Ophthalmological Conditions
Patients who undergo evaluation for neuro-ophthalmology treatment generally complete four steps:
All physicians that are treating you for the eye condition must provide relevant records to Eye Excellence prior to your appointment. These documents should include office notes and results of MRI and CT scans, as well as laboratory test results.
If you have had an MRI or CT scan, the actual images contained on a CD should be brought with you at the time of your appointment. You can also have the images mailed to Eye Excellence in advance of your appointment.
A thorough evaluation and medical history will be done at the time of your appointment. This evaluation can take as long as three or four hours. An examination and ancillary tests will be done, along with the insertion of eye drops to dilate your pupils. The drops take about four hours to wear off and may produce blurred vision and light sensitivity during that period.
Bring along a complete list of the medications you are currently taking to your appointment. These should include both prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Depending on the outcome of your exam, you may be referred to a Neuro-ophthalmologist.
For refractive surgery or treatment of other eye conditions in Houston, Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas, contact Eye Excellence today to discuss how we can make your life happier and healthier.