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Neuro-Ophthalmology

Dr. FalardeauAt Casey Eye Institute, the Neuro-ophthalmology service sees patients with the entire spectrum of neuro-ophthalmology disorders.  Our doctors also participate in resident education and clinical research.

Doctors often refer patients to us with diseases that affect the optic nerve, brain, pituitary, pupils and eye muscles. These diseases include:

  • Ischemic optic neuropathy
  • Optic neuritis
  • Optic atrophy
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cranial nerve palsies
  • Brain tumors
  • Intracranial hypertension
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Psychiatric and unexplained visual complaints.

What Is Neuro-Ophthalmology?

Neuro-ophthalmology deals with the visual signs and symptoms of neurologic illness. The neuro-ophthalmologist’s job is to sort through the examination and history of patients for clues to the origin of the problems and determine what tests, if any, are needed for diagnosis and treatment.

Examination

The average neuro-ophthalmic examination takes between 60 and 90 minutes. It includes a detailed medical history and an examination that focuses on the vision pathway from the eye to the occipital lobes (the vision sensors in the brain). Tests include visual acuity, color vision, contrast sensitivity, pupil functions, eye movement and visual field (peripheral vision).

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We try to finish your examination in one visit. If we need neuro-imaging studies, such as CT or MRI, you may need to return on another day. If you already have neuro-imaging studies, please bring the films with you to your appointment, as this will help us diagnose your situation faster.

We send a complete report of the findings and recommendations from your examination to your referring physician.

Contact Us

Please call 503 494-3687 for an appointment or more information.

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