What To Expect
Patients referred to the neuro-ophthalmology clinic may be experiencing blurred vision, loss of vision, double vision, difficulty tracking with eyes, vertigo, drooping eyelids, eye pain, or changes in pupils.
Potential causes of these problems vary widely, ranging from benign migraines to serious conditions such as brain tumors.
Other neurological disorders that may cause vision problems include stroke, multiple sclerosis, thyroid eye disease (Graves' disease), myasthenia gravis, physical trauma, and eyelid or facial spasm.
At the neuro-ophthalmology clinic, you can expect to find:
The physicians at the neuro-ophthalmology clinic affiliated with the Swedish Neuroscience Institute are board-certified neurologists who have advanced medical training in the specialized field of neuro-ophthalmology, assuring the highest level of expertise.
They are also active participants in national research studies, giving patients the advantage of the very latest in neuro-ophthalmologic diagnostic and treatment options.
They work in close collaboration with the medical center's neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, eye and reconstructive surgeons, physical therapists and diagnostic laboratory staff.
The neuro-ophthalmology clinic has access to the latest diagnostic tools and technology — from sophisticated visual-field machines and optical coherence tomography (OCT) to a 3 Tesla MRI (magnetic resonance imager) and the latest-generation spiral CT (computed tomography) scanner.
The clinic also offers leading-edge therapies, including Botox therapy for the movement disorders of blepharospasm (involuntary excessive blinking or eyelid spasms) and hemifacial spasms (spasms on one side of the face).
Comprehensive consultation and referral services
When you come to the neuro-ophthalmology clinic, a neuro-ophthalmologist will meet with you to discuss your symptoms, review your medical history and perform a comprehensive evaluation.
Based on what we learn from this initial consultation, we'll determine which diagnostic tests or treatments may be most beneficial to you and coordinate these follow-up services with the appropriate specialty-care providers.
We'll also update your primary-care physician, as well as your referring physician or eye specialist, with the results of your consultation and diagnostic work-up.
For more information
If you need care for a brain-related vision problem, talk to your primary-care physician, ophthalmologist, neurologist or optometrist. Services at the neuro-ophthalmology clinic at Swedish require a referral from a physician or an eye-care provider.