Neuro-ophthalmologists take care of visual problems that are related to the nervous system; that is, visual problems that do not come from the eyes themselves. We use almost half of the brain for vision-related activities, including sight and moving the eyes. Neuro-ophthalmology, a subspecialty of both neurology and ophthalmology, requires specialized training and expertise in problems of the eye, brain, nerves and muscles. Neuro-ophthalmologists complete at least 5 years of clinical training after medical school and are usually board certified in neurology, ophthalmology or both.
Although some problems seen by neuro-ophthalmologist are not worrisome, other conditions can worsen and cause permanent visual loss, or become life threatening. Sometimes the problem is confined to the optic nerve or the nervous system and other times it is related to a general medical condition. Neuro-ophthalmologists have unique abilities to evaluate patients from the neurologic, ophthalmologic, and medical standpoints to diagnose and treat a wide variety of problems. Costly medical testing is often avoided by seeing a neuro-ophthalmologist.
Some of the common problems evaluated by neuro-ophthalmologists like Dr. Bose include:
Meet Dr. Swaraj Bose, MD
Dr. Swaraj Bose is a leading neuro-ophthalmologist, orbital surgeon and strabismus specialist serving patients in Beverly Hills and Culver City area, providing the best care for a broad array of conditions, including complex and specialty issues such as optic neuropathies, lacrimal disorders, eyelid disorders, cranial nerve palsies and ocular diseases. As an accomplished surgeon and research scientist, Dr. Bose works closely with patients to determine the best course of care for optimal outcomes, even in the most complex cases. His advanced skills and expertise combined with a personal, compassionate approach help patients feel confident in the medical and surgical care they receive, and he is committed to taking time with each patient to ensure every question and concern is completely addressed.
After receiving his bachelor of science degree in zoology at Delhi University, Dr. Bose completed his medical degree at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi and an internship and residency in general medicine and ophthalmology in India. Upon his arrival in the U.S., he completed an additional internship in internal medicine at the Veterans Administration Hospital and New York University Medical Center, and a residency in ophthalmology at New York University Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Bose has completed fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology, neuroplastics and orbital surgery (Doheny Eye Institute University of Southern California – Los Angeles), neurovascular neuro-ophthalmology (New York University Medical Center and New York Eye & Ear Infirmary), and glaucoma research and visual psychophysics (Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania).
In addition to his private practice, Dr. Bose is an associate professor of ophthalmology and neurology at the University of California, Irvine, and an attending physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. He has received several awards and accolades, including Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Ophthalmologists, Castle-Connolly’s Best Doctor in Southern California and Physician of Excellence Award (OCMA). In addition, Dr. Bose has held several university research and teaching positions, has served as principal and co-investigator on numerous NIH-funded clinical studies, and has been widely published.
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