Donate to Neuro-ophthalmologic Disease Research, Patient Care and Education

Neuro-ophthalmologic disease is the term used for various visual issues that are related to the optic nerve, eye movements and the parts of the brain devoted to vision. The optic nerve is the important “cable” that carries information from the retina and eye back to the mind. The optic nerve may be affected by a huge variety of conditions. Recognizing optic nerve disorder can be very significant in preventing permanent vision loss and, sometimes, identifying life-threatening ailments.

Neuro-ophthalmologists take care of visual problems that are about the nervous system; this is, visual problems which does not come in the eyes themselves. We use nearly half of the mind to get vision-related activities, including moving and sight the eyes.

Neuro-ophthalmologists complete at least 5 decades of clinical training following medical school and therefore are usually board certified in Neurology, Ophthalmology, or both. Funding for research in Neuro-Ophthalmology is very important to the advancement of research in the area of eye disorders, and your generosity to Northwestern Memorial Foundation can help save someone’s sight one gift at a time.

Although some problems seen by neuro-ophthalmologist are not worrisome, other conditions can worsen and cause permanent visual loss, or be life-threatening. Sometimes the problem is restricted to the optic nerve or the nervous system and other instances it is related to a general medical condition and is the reason that Northwestern Memorial Foundation needs more support. Neuro-ophthalmologists have unique skills to assess patients in the neurologic, ophthalmologic, and clinical standpoints to diagnose and cure a wide variety of problems. Costly medical testing can be avoided by visiting a neuro-ophthalmologist.

Neuro-ophthalmologic conditions include:

  • Abnormal movements of the eye
  • Adult strabismus
  • Asymmetric pupils
  • Double vision
  • Eyelid abnormalities
  • Optic atrophy
  • Optic neuritis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Unexplained vision loss
  • Vision loss due to poor blood flow
  • Vision loss due to traumatic brain injury
  • Visual field defects

Some causes include:

  • Infections: Bacterial and viral infections, such as Lyme disease, measles, mumps and some sexually transmitted diseases can cause inflammation of the optic nerve.
  • Autoimmune diseases: Multiple sclerosis, lupus, myasthenia gravis and other chronic conditions are related to optic neuritis and other neuro-ophthalmologic conditions.
    Medications: Some drugs, including quinine and some antibiotics, can cause neuro-ophthalmologic symptoms.
  • Cardiovascular disease: Clots, plaque and other issues with the blood vessels that feed the eye and optic nerve can cause vision problems.
  • Traumatic brain injury: Concussions and other injuries to the brain and head can cause temporary or permanent vision loss.
  • Tumors and other obstructions: Tumors and other obstructions could be the cause of a neuro-ophthalmologic disease.

Treatment will depend on your identification but may include medical treatments, botulinum toxin injections to prevent muscle strain for ailments, such as hemifacial spasm, and surgical therapies, such as eye muscle surgery to revive direct eye alignment, and laser operation for any range of eyesight disorders. A number of the surgical procedures may be completed in a hospital setting, with no overnight stay in the clinic.

Neuro-ophthalmologic Disease Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Northwestern Memorial Foundation helps fund comprehensive, cutting edge diagnostic testing, such as a comprehensive eye examination, measuring visual acuity, pupil reactivity, colour vision, unwanted vision and ocular alignment. Northwestern Memorial Foundation is a great way to support Neuropathologists and the various diseases that can affect many patients. According to the CDC, “Twenty-one million Americans report functional vision problems or eye conditions that may compromise vision.” Which is why your contributions are so very important and can help give the gift of sight to those in need.

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