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Neuro-ophthalmology FAQs

02/12/2019

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What does a neuro-ophthalmologist do?

A neuro-ophthalmologist is an ophthalmologist who has undertaken further specialist training in brain and nervous system disorders that affect the eye and vision.

Why is my vision affected after a stroke?

A stroke can damage the blood vessels that supply the brain and optic nerve, resulting in loss of vision. The nerves that make the eyes move can also be damaged. The type of vision loss depends on the part of the brain affected by stroke. Some people experience blurred vision, double vision or a loss of side (peripheral) vision.

Are blind spots and blurred vision signs of multiple sclerosis?

Blind spots and blurred vision are symptoms of many eye conditions. Multiple sclerosis can only be diagnosed after a range of tests. Consult your optometrist or GP if you have any issues with your eyes or vision.

When should I see a neuro-ophthalmologist?

Your doctor or optometrist may decide to refer you to a neuro-ophthalmologist if they suspect a neurological disorder is contributing to your loss of vision or eye problems.

References and further reading

General resource

Stroke Foundation: Vision loss after stroke fact sheet

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