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At UT Southwestern Medical Center, neuro-ophthalmologists diagnose and treat a wide range of vision conditions related to the optic nerve, brain, and nervous system.
Our specialists use a multidisciplinary approach to eye care, working with neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, and other physicians to provide the best care for each patient.
Advanced Care for Complex Conditions
More than half of the brain’s function is involved with vision. Many eye disorders and vision loss can be associated with problems in the optic nerve or brain, not the eyes themselves.
UT Southwestern’s neuro-ophthalmologists offer expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of vision conditions – some of which are rare and complex – related to the nervous system, such as:
- Blepharospasm: Uncontrolled blinking, squeezing, or closing of the eyes
tumors or strokes that affect vision
in the visual field
or facial spasms
- Headache and migraines
- Involuntary eye movement, including nystagmus (also known as "dancing eyes"): An uncommon condition in which the eyes move rapidly in a predictable pattern – side to side, up and down, or in a rotary pattern. This can cause significantly reduced vision, temporarily or permanently. It can be inherited or caused by metabolic or neurologic issues, including multiple sclerosis, and is sometimes present in people with inner ear issues.
- Myasthenia gravis
neuritis or neuropathy
- Unexplained vision loss
Appointments at UT Southwestern require a doctor referral. If a patient is experiencing a neuro-ophthalmic condition, ask a doctor to refer to us for treatment.
Neuro-ophthalmology patients at UT Southwestern benefit from the latest imaging and other testing technologies that allow physicians to provide an accurate diagnosis of each patient’s condition.
After reviewing the patient’s complete medical history, previous imaging studies, and current medications list, a neuro-ophthalmologist might perform additional tests, such as:
- Color test
- Evaluation of eye movements and ocular alignment
- Imaging studies such as a computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI), or an ultrasound
- Visual acuity
- Visual field testing
Patients might also undergo a complete neurological evaluation.
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Fort Worth, Texas 76104 817-429-3050