Westlake Eye is now providing Neuro-ophthalmology services in their Austin and Kyle locations. Neuro-ophthalmology is a field that covers visual problems that stem from all parts of the nervous system – from the eye, muscles, optic nerve, and brain. These can be conditions limited to the eye and optic nerve or be related to a general medical condition.
Common conditions evaluated and treated by neuro-ophthalmologists include:
- diseases of the optic nerve (including giant cell arteritis)
- visual field defects
- visual loss
- double vision
- thyroid eye disease
- idiopathic intracranial hypertension
- myasthenia gravis
- unequal pupil size
- eyelid abnormalities
Orbital and oculoplastic surgeons specialize in conditions that involve the upper face, eyelids, and orbit. Common conditions evaluated and corrected by orbital and oculoplastic surgeons include droopy eyelids and eyebrows, blepharoplasty, eyelid malposition and tumors, excessive tearing, artificial eye implants, and conditions involving the orbit including tumors and fractures. While sometimes eyelid surgery can be for cosmetic reasons, there are often functional benefits, such as improvement in your visual field while reading or driving.
Often neuro-ophthalmological disorders require surgical intervention to the orbits and eyelids. A physician who has completed both fellowships has the unique ability to evaluate and surgically correct when necessary.
Preparing for the Neuro-Ophthalmology, Orbital, and/or Oculoplastic Evaluation
- As many neuro-ophthalmology conditions can stem from a general medical condition, it is important to request your treating physician to send all relevant information to the office. This includes office notes, a list of medications, laboratory results, and any imaging scans that may have been completed. If possible, please bring a copy of the scans (on a CD or DVD). You can pick these up from the medical records office of the facility the scan was completed.
- Neuro-ophthalmology and orbital evaluation is very comprehensive. It includes a full medical history, eye exam (with possible dilation of your eyes), peripheral vision testing (if necessary), and may take a few hours to fully complete.
- After review of all your previous records and scans (if applicable), we will discuss the diagnosis and further steps and treatment.