Neuro-Ophthalmology is the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders that affect the eye and visual function. Visual symptoms that can't be attributed to problems in the eye itself may be signs of a neurological problem. These can include a sudden loss of vision (full or partial), blurred or double vision, loss of color perception, a droopy lid or a pupil problem.
A change in your ability to see, from a neurological perspective, can happen at any age, and can be caused by many conditions, including:
- Hormonal/pituitary imbalances
- A weakening of nerves controlling the eye muscles
- Infection, disease or pressure on the optic nerve
- Tumor or stroke
- Certain diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
The LifeBridge Health Krieger Eye Institute can help
Below is a list of just some of the conditions that we treat:
- Optic Neuritis
- Disease of the Optic nerve
- Effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the eye
- Double Vision
- Stroke and the eye
- Increased intracranial pressure
- Optic nerve swelling
- Fleeting visual loss
- Unexplained visual loss
- Migraine and the eye
- Pupil abnormalities
- Cranial Nerve Palsies
- Eye movement disorders
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Eyelid Twitching (Blepharospasm)
Dr. Michael Altman specializes in Neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology at the LifeBridge Health Krieger Eye Institute. In addition to coordinating the resources and specialists at our Institute, he puts his diagnostic technology and surgical expertise to work, evaluating and treating neurologically-based vision problems.
We begin with extensive examination of your personal health history, lifestyle, and family history, along with a thorough eye and medical exam, with an emphasis on the neurological system. While some conditions can be treated medically through drug therapy, others may be treated through surgery. Some conditions cannot be treated, except through a change in your medical condition.
For appointments and more information, call 410-601-2020.