The neuro-ophthalmologists at the WVU Eye Institute can help you with problems that involve the relationship between the eye and the brain, how the eye sends visual messages to the brain, and how the brain influences the eye. They also can work with you if you suffer with migraine headaches with visual symptoms and brain lesions that affect the eye.

Patients are typically referred by their local eye care provider or neurologist. Common visual complaints include double vision, vision loss related to optic nerve or visual pathway/brain pathology and vision loss of unknown etiology.

Our Services

Evaluations and testing performed and ordered by neuro-ophthalmology include:

  • Eye examination with refraction
  • Visual field testing
  • Color vision testing
  • Measurement of eye motility disorders and prescription of prism
  • Oct evaluation of optic nerve and macula
  • ERG and VEP
  • Temporal artery biopsy
  • Botulinum injections

Additionally, because of the vast facilities and subspecialty departments at West Virginia University, further evaluation of systemic problems impacting on the visual system can be obtained through state-of-the-art neuroimaging including MRI, CTA and PET. Consultations to the WVU School of Medicine Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Rheumatology and/or Medicine may also be required to address more complex physical problems.

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The neuro-ophthalmology service addresses eye and systemic problems such as:

  • Anterior ischemic optic neuropathy
  • Diplopia
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Hemifacial spasm and blepharospasm
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Multiple sclerosis-related eye complaints
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic neuritis
  • papilledema
  • Pupil disorders such as Horner’s syndrome and Adie’s pupil
  • Stroke related vision loss
  • Vision loss and optic neuropathies of undetermined etiology

What should I expected during my visit?

Please plan on spending 3-5 hours with us for your initial visit.  It is important to bring all past records, lab work, and neuroimaging tests.  Please be sure to bring any past MRI or CT scans on a disc for physician review.  Patients will typically have their pupils pharmacologically dilated to examine their retinas and optic nerves during the course of the initial evaluation.

Brian Ellis, MD

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