What to Expect on Your First Visit
Before your neuro-ophthalmology exam, we ask that you please read the following instructions so you know what to bring and what will happen during the visit. We also recommend that you arrange for transportation home after the exam as your eyesight will be blurry.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office and we'll be happy to assist you.
Preparing for the Neuro-Ophthalmology Examination:
- Request that your treating physicians send all relevant information to us prior to your appointment, including office notes, results of laboratory tests, visual fields, OCTs, retina pictures, and reports of CT and MRI scans.
- If you have had a CT or MRI scan performed, arrange to pick up the actual films or a copy in a CD/DVD and bring them with you at your appointment.
- You will probably have your pupils dilated during the visit. The eye drops last about 4 hours and will make things look bright and blurry up close. Have someone else drive you to the appointment and bring your sunglasses.
- Ladies, in order for the physician to get a good look at your eyelids and to avoid ruining your appearance when the eye drops are administered, do not wear eye makeup.
- Bring a complete list of medications with you, including the name and dosage of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
What happens during the evaluation?
- The neuro-ophthalmologic evaluation is one of the most comprehensive examinations you will experience. It may take a few hours to complete. You will be asked to give an account of your current problem and relate your entire medical history, including previous hospitalizations, operations, serious illnesses, medical problems in your family members, and medication allergies.
- You will have a complete eye examination. This may include testing of your peripheral vision (visual field test), taking pictures of your eyes and your optic nerves (HRT/OCT), and Ultrasound of your eyes.
- You may have a partial or complete neurologic exam to test your strength, sensation, and coordination.
- The neuro-ophthalmologist will review the records and scans from previous evaluations, if applicable.
- After the examination, the neuro-ophthalmologist will discuss the diagnosis (or possible diagnoses), the need for any additional testing and possible treatment.