Extensive and Thorough Optic Nerve Evaluation
You may be referred to one of our neuro-ophthalmologists if your doctor suspects your optic nerve -- the cable that connects your eyeball to your brain -- is not functioning properly. An extensive neuro-ophthalmologic examination uses sophisticated imaging and advanced diagnostic tools to evaluate your eyes and brain. This helps us uncover whether you have an optic neuropathy and whether it is caused by inflammation of the optic nerve (optic neuritis), poor blood flow, poor nutrition, compression on the nerve (caused by a brain tumor or aneurysm), a genetic disorder, or cancer. The evaluation is tailored to your specific visual symptoms and may take up to four hours to complete. Your evaluation will include a complete medical history, examination of your eye structure, inspection of your retina and optic nerve, and several imaging scans.