Optic Nerve Disorder (Disease)
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Houston Methodist specializes in diagnosing and treating complex neurological diseases affecting the optic nerve. Our board-certified doctors offer decades of experience and the latest therapies to ensure you get exceptional, personalized care.
We understand the worry and fear that comes with vision loss—and our goal is to deliver expert, compassionate care to optimize healing. Whether you need to find the source of your vision issues, or get a second opinion, our neuro-ophthalmology experts can help.
The optic nerve is part of the nervous system that carries impulses from the eye to the brain. These impulses are processed in the brain as sight. If the optic nerve or its path to the brain are blocked or damaged, vision may become impaired.
Symptoms of optic nerve conditions may include:
- Blurry vision
- Eye pain or redness
- Flashing lights
- Halos around lights
- Loss of color vision
- Vision loss in one or both eyes
- Vision loss long sides or center of vision field
If you are experiencing sudden vision loss, weakness on one side of your face or body, or severe pain or headache, dial 911.
Diagnosing and Treating Optic Nerve Conditions
How is optic nerve disease diagnosed?
Some people are born with optic nerve conditions that impair their sight. For others, vision problems occur as we age. Head trauma, tumors and blood clots can also cause damage to the optic nerve, as can drugs, nutritional deficiencies and some chemicals.
Neuro-ophthalmologists diagnose and treat brain- or nervous-system conditions that affect your eye health and vision. We’ll use a range of tests to help discover the cause of your symptoms. Our specialists have the experience to diagnose and treat patients with a variety of conditions, including:
- Cognitive disorders that affect vision
- Congenital optic atrophy
- Optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH)
- Ocular motility disturbances
- Optic neuritis
- Optic nerve tumors
- Visual manifestations of neurologic and neurosurgical disease
What treatments are available?
I need advanced care or a second opinion.