Neuro-ophthalmology Services at Hampton Roads Eye Associates – Oyster Point
Neuro-ophthalmology is the subspecialty of both neurology and ophthalmology concerning visual problems that are related to the nervous system. 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:
- Blepharospasm: A condition in which the eye blinks excessively and involuntarily. It usually occurs in persons in their 50′s or 60′s, and to women more commonly than men.
- Thyroid eye disease (Graves’ eye disease): Occurs when thyroid gland goes into overdrive and produces more hormones than the body requires which can cause the eyes to buldge, swelling, double vision and even loss of vision.
- Optic neuritis and MS: Inflammatory condition of the optic nerve and may include similar findings in the brain
- Ocular nerve weakness or palsies: most common symptom is double vision