The WVU Eye Institute provides specialized care for patients with vision conditions that involve the nervous system – how the eyes send visual messages to the brain and the brain influences the eyes. Our neuro-ophthalmologists work together with WVU Medicine neurologists and neurosurgeons to determine the cause of the problem and form an individualized treatment plan. Patients are typically referred by their local eye care provider or neurologist.

Conditions We Treat

We treat several vision problems related to the nervous system, including:

  • Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
  • Double vision
  • Eye twitching
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Migraine headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Optic neuritis
  • Papilledema
  • Parkinsonian syndromes
  • Pupil disorders, such as Horner’s syndrome and Adie’s pupil
  • Rapid, uncontrolled eye movement
  • Stroke-related vision loss
  • Sudden vision loss
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Tumors

Treatments and Services

Our neuro-ophthalmology service provides evaluation and treatment for many vision problems that relate to the nervous system. We perform a comprehensive eye exam to detect any issues, including refractive errors, color blindness, or decline in pupil or retina reactivity. Our neuro-ophthalmologists consult with WVU Medicine Neurology, Neurosurgery, Rheumatology, and other medical specialties to address any complex physical problems.

Treatment will depend on your diagnosis but could include medical therapies, like botulinum toxin injections for muscle spasms, laser surgery for vision disorders, or surgical treatments to enhance eye alignment and vision.