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Cinthia Guzman Covey, MD

Neuro-ophthalmology is a subspecialty within the field of eye care that concentrates on the nervous system and the connection between the eye and the brain. Robert Lesser, M.D. and Yanina Kostina-O'Neil, M.D. are Board-certified ophthalmologists and surgeons for The Eye Care Group in Connecticut who are highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of many common diseases associated with the effects on vision iniated from the nervous system.

Some of these diseases include double vision, thyroid eye diseases, pituitary tumors, ocular myasthenia gravis, brain tumors or strokes affecting vision, multiple sclerosis, temporal arteritis, optic nerve atrophy, nystagmus, optic neuropathy (ischemic, infectious, inflammatory, compressive, inherited), cranial nerve palsies and ocular motility disorders, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, optic neuritis, unexplained visual loss, and headaches.

One common effect a person may experience, for example, occurs from ocular migraines. An ocular migraine occurs when blood vessels in part of the brain responsible for vision temporarily spasm. Ocular migraines cause a disturbance in one's vision, known as an aura, which typically lasts from several minutes, to about an hour. An aura may appear as a blank spot, flickering colored lights, zig-zag lines, or a blurred area of vision like looking through heat waves. After the episode of visual distortion is over, a person may feel completely back to normal. If this is the case, no treatment may be needed, even if a person experiences multiple episodes over time. Other people may experience a kind of altered sense of awareness after an episode. Lights or sounds may be unusually intense. They may feel a little nauseous, and may also have a headache. If a person experiences any of these other symptoms, their ocular migraine may be progressing into a classic migraine, and they should be referred to a doctor for medical treatment.

To find out more information on ocular migraines and other diseases associated in the field of neuro-ophthalmology and to further your knowledge and understanding of these eye conditions related to the nervous system, please visit us here.

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