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Visiting the Neuro-Opthomologist

Written by on October 21st, 2014 –

eyeMany of us living with Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optic (NMO) are likely to experience optic neuritis at some point, making it necessary for us to see a neuro-opthomologist. I thought I would take this opportunity to share what happens during a neuro-opthomology appointment.

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that focuses on the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. Most people with visual issues see an opthomologist on a yearly basis. Generally speaking, an opthomologist is an expert in medical and surgical eye problems and will perform standard tests to evaluate the health of your eyes and if needed, prescribe glasses or contact lenses to correct your vision.

Neuro-ophthalmology is the sub-specialty of both neurology and ophthalmology focusing on visual problems that are related to the nervous system, so those of us living with MS or NMO are usually referred to a neuro-opthomologist through our clinic when we develop optic neuritis. A neuro-opthomologist’s skill set is very specific and they have a number of specialized tests allowing them to recognize even subtle changes to the optic nerve so they are better able to diagnose optic neuritis and other neurological conditions that can affect vision.


Hello, 2014!

Written by on January 3rd, 2014 – 11 Comments


I hope you’ve all had a great holiday season and that the new year brings with it a fresh start; just remember, go easy on those resolutions!  😉

As a new blogger to this site, I thought I would take a minute or two to introduce myself.  I’m Ashley, a flower-loving, 30-year-old living in Port Credit Ontario.  I was introduced to our complex MS-world this year, having experienced my first ‘flare-up’, Optic Neuritis in my left eye in late April.  It greeted me just two weeks after I defended my thesis, and took my vision in a matter of days.

Here’s how it happened:

Monday: Headache and a dull pain behind my left eye, L-shaped floater formed by the evening.  It was in my central vision field but I did not find it alarming, I figured I was just tired and stressed from school/work.

Tuesday: L-shaped floater spread to my entire eye, it looked like I was looking through a very dirty window.  No matter how hard I tried or blinked, I could not see clearly and it became excruciatingly painful to move my eye in any direction.

Wednesday: I made an appointment with my optometrist and was lucky enough to get in to see her the next day.  She discovered/showed me the optic neuritis, and after reviewing my family history, she recommended I see my family doctor ASAP to be tested for MS.