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Eugene F. May, MD

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Neuro-ophthalmology is the field of medicine that bridges neurology and ophthalmology. I see patients whose visual symptoms are or may be due to neurologic problems. Many patients with multiple sclerosis have vision problems, so a big part of my practice is dedicated to helping them understand what is causing their vision problem and what can be done to address it. I also have a special interest in diagnosis and treatment of neurologic vestibular disorders. Patients with neurologic vestibular disorders have vertigo, dizziness and imbalance. They frequently have seen multiple providers before coming to me for an explanation of their symptoms. My goal is to diagnose and treat the condition so people feel and function better.
University of Chicago
Medical School
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Professional Associations
American Academy of Neurology, Fellow of the North American Neuro-ophthalmological Society
Personal Interests
My children are all grown, so my wife and I are enjoying our home and neighborhood, reading, hiking, spending time with our friends and making time to visit our children.
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc, Neurology
Clinical Interests
  • abducens nerve disease
  • abducens nerve injury
  • abducens nerve palsy and paresis
  • abnormal pupil function
  • aura
  • blepharoptosis
  • botox injection
  • cranial nerve diseases
  • cranial nerve disorders
  • cranial nerve injuries
  • cranial nerve palsy
  • diplopia
  • dizziness
  • enlarged optic nerve
  • external ophthalmoplegia
  • facial spasm
  • hereditary optic atrophy
  • intracranial hypertension
  • kearns sayre syndrome
  • lisch nodule
  • marcus gunn phenomenon
  • multiple sclerosis
  • myasthenia gravis
  • neuromyelitis optica
  • neuroretinitis
  • neurosarcoidosis
  • nystagmus
  • ocular motility disorders
  • oculomotor nerve injury
  • oculomotor nerve palsy and paresis
  • optic migraines
  • optic nerve and pathway injury
  • optic nerve atrophy
  • optic nerve disease
  • optic nerve glioma
  • optic nerve injuries
  • optic nerve ischemia
  • optic neuritis
  • optic neuropathy
  • papilledema
  • pituitary adenoma
  • progressive supranuclear palsy
  • pseudotumor cerebri
  • sensorimotor disorders of eyelid
  • sensory disorders of eyelid
  • transient blindness
  • trochlear nerve injury
  • trochlear nerve palsy and paresis
  • venous sinus thrombosis
  • weakness of eye closure

Jung Henson L, EF MAY. A personal journey in advocacy. Neurology: Clinical Practice February 2013;39-43. 

Elmalem VI, BR Younge, V Biousse, JA Leavitt, ML Moster, J Warner, MJ Kupersmith, K Landau, MC Brodsky, LP Frohman, EF MAY, RL Tomsak, NJ Newman.  Clinical Course and Prognosis of Trochlear Nerve Schwannomas. Ophthalmology 2009;116:2011-2016. 

 Roy MJ, EF MAY, B Jabbari.  Life Threatening Polyneuropathy Heralding Renal Cell Carcinoma. Military Medicine 2002;167:986-89. 

Chun BB, AG Lee, WF Coughlin, DT Floyd, EF MAY.  Unusual presentations of sellar arachnoid cysts. Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology 1998;18:246-249. 

MAY EF and AR Truxal. Loss of vision alone may result in see-saw nystagmus. Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology 1997;17:84-85. 

Elliott MA, SJ Peroutka, S Welch, EF MAY. Familial hemiplegic migraine, nystagmus, and cerebellar atrophy. Annals of Neurology 1996;39:100-106. 

 MAY EF, GSF Ling, CA Geyer, B Jabbari. Contrast agent overdose causing seizures and parkinsonism. Neurology 1993;43:836-838. 

Scherokman B, SJ Vukelja, E MAY. Angiofollicular lymph node hyperplasia and peripheral neuropathy: Case report and literature review. Archives of Internal Medicine 1991;151:789-790. 

 MAY EF and B Jabbari. Stroke in neuroborreliosis. Stroke 1990;21:1232-1235. 

 MAY EF and PC Calvert. Aggravation of myasthenia gravis by erythromycin. Annals of Neurology 1990;28:577-579. 

 McCrea RA, A Strassman, E MAY, SM Highstein. Anatomical and physiologic characteristics of vestibular neurons mediating the horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex of the squirrel monkey. Journal of Comparative Neurology 1987;264(4):547-570.

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4.7 out of 5 (100 Ratings, 14 Comments)


Dr. May is my favorite physician. He listens to my concerns and never rushes through an appointment.

Kind & unhurried; reassuring.

good patient feedback, and listened sincerely to my questions/comments

The dr is not as verbal in his office visit in explaining details; however, he is extremely thorough and detailed in his written visit synopsis and fantastic with follow up and emails to me regarding information/findings and always asks to reach out with any questions. This was my first visit, so I also think it's a matter of getting used to his style.

I am very impressed with Dr. May's knowledge, "bedside manner", caring, and professionalism.

Dr. May put me through a number of tests and determined my double vision was probably caused by dry eyes! Much appreciated his analysis and recommendations for future care. He also told me what to do if double vision recurred.

Exceptionally knowledgeable and professional; completely exceeded my expectations!

I found Dr May to be incredibly condescending and unprofessional. He made it clear he thought I was merely a neurotic woman with a headache, asking me if I had thought about taking ibuprofen, and it wasn't until the MRI results showed a serious problem that he became more deferential. I posted medical records to him which he has subsequently misplaced. He denies ever having seen them despite having referenced them in our appointment. Misplacing records is forgivable. Lying about it is not. Every appointment I have had there I have been automatically given a full gamut of eye exams whether I feel I have needed them or not (having just had the whole series a few weeks earlier and not being there with regard to my eyes at all) and then charged for them yet again. Not everyone can afford to be so cavalier with their family's finances.

He was very well dressed and pleasant to talk to.

I can't praise Dr. May enough. I've been seeing him for years. I am very thankful that he understands my condition and is able to keep my [...] in check with the [...] treatment. Not only is he very knowledgeable, he is incredibly kind.

Dr. May is a consummate professional. He explains everything completely, determines what you want or need to know about and what treatment works for you. He seems sincere and compassionate and never rushes through the exam. Every physician should be as caring and thoughtful and personable as he is!

Dr. May is one excellent due & I feel VERY fortunate to be under his care!

He was very thorough. My history presents some challenges to tease out what is causing what.

Dr. May was professional and pleasant. He provided an explanation of my issues and will follow up with me in 3 months.
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