Neuro-ophthalmologists are physicians who treat diseases which affect vision that originate from the nervous system. Often times, by examining the eye, a neuro-ophthalmologist can diagnose a neurological impairment, which explains loss of vision and headaches. Thus, neuro-ophthalmologists have the capacity to initially diagnose life-altering conditions such as strokes, cancer, and multiple sclerosis.
Neuro-ophthalmic symptoms may include blurred vision, double vision, asymmetrical pupils, eyelid or facial contractures, eye or head pain, and unexplained vision loss. Neuro-ophthalmic diseases cover a wide range of conditions, which may require medical or surgical interventions. It is not uncommon for these patients to require co-management with a neurologist, endocrinologist, oncologist, or primary care physician.