Neuro-ophthalmology for Pituitary Disorders

Having a pituitary disorder can affect your vision because your pituitary gland is behind your eyes. The OHSU Northwest Pituitary Center works with specialists at OHSU Casey Eye Institute to diagnose and treat pituitary conditions that affect the eyes.

A neuro-ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in the sensory and nervous system of the eye, brain and nearby organs, including the pituitary gland.  When you are diagnosed with a pituitary disorder, a neuro-ophthalmologist should examine you to find out if your vision is affected. Some pituitary tumors develop slowly. You might not notice vision loss until it is too late and the tumor has caused blindness.

The neuro-ophthalmologists at the OHSU Casey Eye Institute see patients before and after surgery and in emergencies. They work closely with endocrinologists (hormone system specialists) and neurosurgeons (nervous system surgeons) to treat pituitary disorders.  

Your neuro-ophthalmologist examination includes:

  • Testing your eye function, including your sharpness of vision, how well you see color, how well your pupils open and close and your peripheral vision
  • Examination of the retina (back of the eye, including examination of the optic nerve)

Learn more about neuro-ophthalmology services