INI Neuro-ophthalmology Services
Neuro-ophthalmology Service at the Illinois Neurological Institute provides expert evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for patients who have vision problems with a neurologic basis.
During your first visit, our team performs a detailed eye examination and conduct a variety of tests to help us pinpoint the exact nature of your problem. Making an accurate diagnosis is critical in identifying any risk of permanent visual loss or life-threatening disorders, or ruling out more serious conditions. Once we have arrived at a diagnosis, we discuss your individualized treatment plan with you.
With extensive training in both neurology and ophthalmology, our physicians have specialized expertise in diagnosing and treating the many disorders affecting both neurologic pathways and the visual system, from more common conditions such as MS and pituitary tumors to rare neuro-ophthalmic conditions.
Much of the brain's capacity is dedicated to visual function and eye movements. As a result, many types of neurologic diseases can affect vision in some way. Our service often sees patients who are experiencing symptoms such as:
- Optic nerve problems
- Visual field loss
- Unexplained visual loss
- Transient visual loss
- Visual disturbances
- Double vision
- Abnormal eye movements
- Unequal pupil size
- Eyelid abnormalities
These and other symptoms are frequently caused by one of the following conditions:
- Multiple sclerosis (MS): A chronic disease of the central nervous system, MS and neuro-visual complications of MS can lead to visual problems
- Myasthenia gravis: With this complex autoimmune disorder, antibodies destroy neuromuscular connections to cause problems with the nerves that communicate with muscles
- Pituitary tumors: These usually benign brain tumors press against the optic nerves, causing vision problems
- Migraine: Visual disturbances are one of the common symptoms of migraine
- Stroke: Dimness or loss of vision in one or both eyes may be attributable to stroke
- Autoimmune disease: These diseases can often affect the optic nerve and/or parts of the brain that serve vision
For adult patients, we offer both diagnostic and treatment services. Our physicians evaluate patients from neurologic, ophthalmic and general medical perspectives to diagnose the origin of visual problems. We can also clarify retinal problems, which may sometimes accompany and/or mimic neurologic symptoms.