Opthamologist vs. NeuroOpthamologist
Hi there. I recieved a question inside another post asking if its smarter to go see a Neuro-opthamologist rather than a regular Opthamologist for MS. That question came up inside another post and I didnt want to hijack it, so I thought Id start another thread and let everyone contribute their thoughts.
My thoughts are that its not really necessary to go that route- to a Neuro-Opthamologist unless you are having eye issues related to MS; usually Optical Neuritis is what they treat, but every eye condition related to neurological diseases is treated and diagnosed by these guys...I started seeing a Neuro-Op because my Opthamologist could see inflamation of the optic nerve, but wasnt certain how to treat it. Knowing I have MS he was even more afraid to make recommendations so he referred me to a Neuro-op at the University Hosptial in the city. This referral led to one of the longest and most comprehnsive eye exams Ive ever had. Now I have been experiencing loss of vision in one eye for over 2 years, my prescription has changed to the point that in 2 years Ive gone from having regular glasses and wearing contacts 12 hours a day to having bifocals and not being able to wear contacts for more than 2 hours at a time...my ON caused me to have both flashes and halos for some time as well as major color blindness, which fortunately went away with the IV SoluMedrol which I was given. The Neuro-Op was able to determine the reason for this (ON) and treatment course...we went with IVSM because it was critical for me to get back my vision immediately (I drive in sales for a living). Thank goodness it worked. I have suffered with ON a few times in the past 2 years, however after that one initial bad time, it has resolved on its own since then.
I also want to add that if I hadnt had the extreme pain and loss of vision which led to the ON dx, I probably would have simply stayed with the regular Opthamologist as I feel he is qualified to handle most diseases of the eye- but this particular referral turned out to be a good thing for me.
So, an Opthamologist, or a Neuro-Opthamologist? Anyone have any input ?
RRMS- dx 05