What is neuro-ophthalmology?
Neuro-ophthalmology is a speciality that focuses on the neurological problems associated with eyes. Since we use almost half of our brain for visual activities, it is understandable that many neurological issues have defects in visual function as well. Neuro-ophthalmology deals with the treatment of visual problems that are related to the nervous system.
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Why Choose Centre For Sight For Neuro-Ophthalmology Treatment?
Neuro-ophthalmology treatment at the Centre of Sight begins with a comprehensive eye examination. At Centre for Sight, we are equipped with electrophysiology machines (Visual evoked potential-VEP, Electroretinogram-ERG) to diagnose and monitor neuro- ophthalmology disorders.
Our department holds advanced equipment to help in the diagnosis of
Multiple neuro-ophthalmic disorders, including:
Humphrey visual field analyzer
Evaluation of the eye movements and ocular alignment
Optical coherence tomography
Fundus photography and autofluorescence
Electrodiagnostics – VEP (Pattern and Flash), ERG (Pattern and Flash)
Common neuro-ophthalmology disorders
Common neuro-ophthalmology disorders are optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve), optic neuropathy of any cause, papilledema (optic disc edema), ocular myasthenia gravis, brain tumours affecting vision, idiopathic intracranial hypertension or pseudotumor cerebri, unexplained visual loss.
Symptoms of Neuro-Opthalmology Disorders
A sudden diminishing of sight and in worse cases, even total loss of sight
A sudden eye stroke (loss of vision called transient ischemic attack)
Visual hallucinations, where patients see things, shapes or silhouettes where there are none
Diplopia (Double vision)
Intractable headaches without any seeming cause or plausible reason
Abnormalities of the pupil (slow reaction, the difference in the size of the pupils)
Difficulties in identifying colours or differentiating between them
Intolerance to bright light which often causes momentary blindness or headaches
A specialist, a neuro-ophthalmologist can only effectively identify the above symptoms and initiate subsequent treatment of their causes.
Why Neuro-Ophthalmology Disorders Require Timely Intervention?
Neuro-ophthalmology deals with vision-related problems caused by any diseases or disorders concerning the nervous system.
Since we use a significant portion of our brain for activities related to our sense of sight, not all optic problems come from the eyes. These problems affect not only the vision but also eye movement, alignment, and pupil reflexes. Once the nerve pathways suffer any damage, often the damage is progressive and irreversible, unless managed early. That’s why neuro-ophthalmology disorders require prompt action and treatment.
The symptoms for such cases often indicate optic nerve disease or damage, which causes an issue in the visual pathway. There can be many other symptoms that can be flagged and referred to a neuro-ophthalmologist.
While ailments related to neuro-ophthalmology are not always severe, they have the potential to cause permanent damage or even prove fatal if not treated in time.
How can I get in touch with the best neuro-ophthalmologist in India?
Get in touch with one of the best neuro-ophthalmologists in India at Centre for Sight. Our experienced team of neuro-ophthalmologists not only handles complex cases of neuro-ophthalmic conditions daily but also focuses on saving the patients vision with the utmost care.
We have one of the best neuro-ophthalmologists in India who are available at many centres across the country. We are equipped with modern infrastructure and the latest machines to treat neuro-ophthalmology disorders.
Our neuro-ophthalmology department is also known for its active participation in publishing research papers, studies for the same and is an authority in the subject. Contact us to get treated with one of the best neuro-ophthalmologists in India.
What is the job of a neuro-ophthalmologist?
A neuro-ophthalmologist treats patients with several symptoms ranging from vision loss, double vision, drooping eyelids, visual field defects, headache, eyelid and facial and neuro-ophthalmology disorders. They also diagnose and treat patients with ophthalmic symptoms of other neurological diseases. Centre for Sight has one of the best neuro- ophthalmologists in India to diagnose all neuro-ophthalmic conditions.
What does neuro-ophthalmology deal with?
It is the ophthalmic subspecialty or sub-branch that deals with eye-related conditions caused by neurological diseases that may include various optic nerve disorders. This field is a combination of other different primary specialities like neurology, neurosurgery, and radiology, with ophthalmology as its parent speciality.It is the ophthalmic subspecialty or sub-branch that deals with eye-related conditions caused by neurological diseases that may include various optic nerve disorders. This field is a combination of other different primary specialities like neurology, neurosurgery, and radiology, with ophthalmology as its parent speciality.
What are the most common neuro-ophthalmology disorders or issues affecting the eyes?
Some of the common neuro-ophthalmology disorders include traumatic optic neuropathy, optic neuritis (inflammation and swelling of the optic nerve), ischemic optic neuropathies (Decreased blood supply to the optic nerve), papilledema, pituitary tumours, and cranial nerve palsies.
What are the symptoms of optic nerve damage?
The most noticeable signs and symptoms of optic nerve damage are visual loss, defective colour vision, and pain on eye movements or decreased contrast appreciation etc.
How can optic neuritis be diagnosed?
Diagnosis of optic neuritis can generally be made on clinical grounds alone. However, some blood investigations and MRI may be necessary because inflammation is often related to diseases that can affect other parts of the nervous system and the body, as such.
What is diabetic optic neuropathy?
It is a type of optic nerve damage that happens when the optic nerve gets damaged due to excessive blood sugar and diabetes. In the later stages of the disease, the blood supply to the optic nerve stops, leading to vision loss.
What is nutritional optic neuropathy?
It is a type of nerve damage that happens when the optic nerve gets damaged due to toxic elements such as alcohol and tobacco. Nutritional optic neuropathy can also occur due to the deficiency of folic acid and vitamin B12.
Can neurological problems cause vision problems?
Neuro-ophthalmology disorders happen because of the conditions that affect the nervous system. These neuro-ophthalmology disorders can affect the functioning of eyelids, eye muscles causing double vision and optic nerve involvement causing visual loss. Our neuro-ophthalmologists in Delhi offer comprehensive clinical care to a broad spectrum of patients suffering from eye ailments.
Are lifestyle changes and medication helpful in neuro-ophthalmology treatment?
Fortunately, several neuro-ophthalmic conditions can be diagnosed with medication though sleep adjustments and a balanced diet can control and prevent certain neurological conditions.
Who is a neuro-ophthalmologist?
A neuro-ophthalmologist is a trained eye specialist, who specialises in diagnosis and management of eye disorders, relating to the nervous system.
When do I need to visit a neuro-ophthalmologist?
If you face issues in moving your eyes, experience double vision or are referred for a visual loss issue by your ophthalmologist, then these issues can be a result of injury to the nerves, muscles, or the brain. A neuro-ophthalmologist can check your symptoms and suggest a treatment plan for it.
How can I find a neuro-ophthalmologist near me?
Are you looking out for a neuro-ophthalmologist near you? Centre for Sight group of eye hospitals is located near you to provide comprehensive eye care. Meet our expert neuro-ophthalmologists today because we value your vision.
Where can I get in touch with a neuro-ophthalmologist in Delhi?
Reach to Centre for Sight to get in touch with neuro-ophthalmologists in Delhi. Our neuro-ophthalmologists in Delhi offer treatment for all neuro-ophthalmology disorders.
Our neuro-ophthalmology treatment can be sought outside Delhi as well. We have our centres in Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Agra, Meerut, and Moradabad for treating neuro-ophthalmology disorders.
What causes thyroid eye disease to happen?
Thyroid eye disease is also known as Graves eye disease. This happens when immune cells attack the thyroid gland. As a result, the thyroid gland secretes an excess amount of thyroid hormone. The eyes and eye muscles also start to expand because the immune cells attack those areas too.
What is optic neuritis?
Optic neuritis is swelling of the optic nerve of the eyes. The causes of this eye disorder can be many like some eye injury or an autoimmune disease.
What happens during the tests conducted for neuro-ophthalmology treatment?
As part of neuro-ophthalmology treatment, you will undergo the most comprehensive eye examinations. These tests will take a few hours and might make the next day as well. Your neuro-ophthalmologist will ask about the entire medical history, previous hospitalizations, previous surgeries, etc. Your neuro-ophthalmologist will go through your scans and also review records before discussing the diagnosis for you.
How do the eyes and brain work in a coordinated manner enabling us to see?
Theres a lot of neurologic machinery that plays its role while enabling us to see. Our eyes work like a camera. The /images coming to our eyes goes to the brain for processing through the optic nerves. Mind and the eyes work together in a way that these /images are put together, and we can see one clear picture.
Can migraines cause visual deformity?
Visual problems like blurring, flashes, etc. are often early symptoms of a migraine. Migraine is a neurological brain issue that is often connected with headache and visual disturbances.
Many people suffer from vision disorders as they get older, is it a part of normal ageing?
As we hit age forty, it starts becoming tough for our eyes to move the natural lenses. Thus, it gets difficult for the eyes to focus. This condition is presbyopia. You need to seek an eye specialist and get your eyes treated.
What are some of the optic nerve disorders?
Some of the optic nerve disorders are:
● Optic neuritis
● Traumatic optic neuropathy
● Compressive optic neuropathy
● Optic nerve swelling (Papilledema)
● Ischemic optic neuropathy
Are neuro-ophthalmology disorders fatal?
Some neuro-ophthalmology disorders are not worrisome, while some conditions can lead to vision loss and can be life-threatening as well. At times, these can be confined to the optic nerve or the nervous system. But there are chances that it may transform into a general medical condition. Neuro-ophthalmologists have the unique ability to diagnose patients with ophthalmologic, neurologic, and medical standpoints to treat.
What is steroid therapy?
Steroids are synthetic drugs that are often given to treat various inflammatory conditions and diseases, often given under medical supervision. Steroid therapy aims to stop the inflammatory phase of thyroid orbitopathy and partially to shrink the muscle swelling. Side-effects of steroids are evident with continued treatment. Keep your neuro- ophthalmologist informed if you notice any changes.