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PREPARING FOR THE NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY EVALUATION
- Request that your treating physicians send all relevant information to our office prior to your appointment, including office notes, results of laboratory tests and reports of CT and MRI scans.
- If you have had a CT or MRI scan performed, arrange to pick up the actual films and bring them with you, or have the facility mail them to our office in advance of 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).
- 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-ophthalmolgist will discuss the diagnosis (or possible diagnoses), the need for any additional testing and possible treatment.