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Neuro-Ophthalmology

Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute

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
  • Brain tumors or strokes that affect vision
  • Defects in the visual field
  • Double vision
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Eyelid or facial spasms
  • Headache and migraines
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • 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.
  • Microcranial nerve palsy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Optic neuritis or neuropathy
  • Pseudotumor cerebri
  • Unequal pupils
  • 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.

Diagnosis

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:

Patients might also undergo a complete neurological evaluation. 

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