Special Cross-Trainers

 · Carolyn Crabb

A neuro-ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in visual problems that relate to the nervous system; that is, visual problems that do not come from the eyes themselves. This includes loss of sight due to injury to the brain or the optic nerves which transmits visual signals from the eyes to the brain. Such injury can be caused by trauma, inflammation, strokes, tumors, toxicities and infections.

Some of the common problems evaluated by neuro-ophthalmologists include:

• Optic nerve problems

• Visual field loss

• Unexplained visual loss

• Transient visual loss

• Visual disturbances

• Double vision

• Abnormal eye movements

• Thyroid eye disease

Myasthenia gravis

• Unequal pupil size

• Eyelid abnormalities

Neuro-ophthalmologists complete at least five years of clinical training after medical school and are usually board certified in neurology, ophthalmology or both. The largest international society of neuro-ophthalmologists is the North American Neuro-Ophthalmological Society (NANOS), which organizes an annual meeting and publishes the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. NANOS now has close to 600 members in the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, China, England, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, Taiwan, and Thailand.

We are excited to be an exhibitor at this year’s annual NANOS meeting, March 1-4. If you are attending please stop by our table and say hello!


Sources: Weill-Cornell, Loyola and NANOS

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