Neuro-Ofthalmology Unit (UNO)
RESEARCH, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF VISUAL SYSTEM PROBLEMS
Ophthalmology is the medical-surgical specialty devoted to the advancement of health, and to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders related with the visual system.
The importance of vision in modern life and the rapid evolution of technology have endowed ophthalmology with a great social impact and a great welfare demand.
Visual development is based on the balance between sensory and motor development and on cerebral and psychosocial maturing. For this reason the obtaining and maintenance of the best possible vision during infancy, and the recovery of capabilities lost over a lifetime, due to aging or to concurrent pathologies, should be sought.
Neuro-ophthalmology is a branch of ophthalmology devoted to the anatomophysiologic and pathologic study of the close relationship which exists between the eye and the Central Nervous System. 35% of the sensory fibers which enter the CNS do so via the optic nerves. 70% of the CNS participates in the visual function in some way. 65% of brain disorders imply some type of visual disturbance, and in many cases these are the first sign or manifestation of the brain disorder (e.g. Alzheimer’s, CVA or tumors).
EuroEspes Biomedical Research Center (CIBE) has set in motion a service for the research and treatment of disorders which affect the visual system. This new unit is called the Neuro-Ophthalmology Unit, and the patient is attended to by specialists in ophthalmology following action protocols based on high diagnostic technology and on genomic ophthalmology panels.
Neuro-ophthalmology is the subspecialty which encompasses the relationship between the brain and the eye, in particular disturbances of the optic nerve and the brain which are associated with visual symptoms. It encompasses pathologies of a neurological origin whose manifestation is ophthalmologic. The Unit makes an interdisciplinary assessment of a wide spectrum of patients with visual disturbances caused by disorders of the optic nerve, disturbances of the Central Nervous System, ocular motility disturbances and pupillary abnormalities.
Among the studies carried out in the Unit, the following may be highlighted:
- OPHTHALMOLOGICAL CHECK-UP
- RETINAL VASCULAR
- GENOMIC OPHTHALMOLOGY
You may wish to request the attention of the Unit if you suffer one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pupils of different sizes
- Reduction of the visual field
- Unexplained reduction in vision
- Disorders of Visual Perception
- Functional Visual Disorders
- Prevention and prediction of visual function problems
- Genetic risk of certain vision disorders
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