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Neuro-Ophthalmology Expert Witnesses

Experts who can provide testimony on neuro-ophthalmology malpractice cases

Neuro-ophthalmology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on the relationship between the eyes and the brain. A neuro-ophthalmologist deals with the diagnosis and treatment of vision problems that are caused by neurological conditions such as strokes, brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases that affect the nervous system. A neuro-ophthalmologist will examine the eyes and optic nerves for signs of an underlying neurological problem. They may use tests to evaluate vision, eye movement, and the function of the optic nerves.

Some disorders neuro-ophthalmologists treat include:

  • Optic neuritis
  • Optic neuropathy
  • Papilledema
  • Ocular myasthenia gravis
  • Brain tumors, brain injury, or stroke affecting vision
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Unexplained visual loss
  • Headaches
  • Diplopia
  • Blepharospasm
  • Hemifacial spasm

Neuro-ophthalmology is considered a sub-specialty that bridges ophthalmology and neurology. Neuro-ophthalmologists in the United States must hold a medical degree (MD or DO) and complete a residency in either neurology or ophthalmology. Following residency, they must complete a one- to two-year fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology. Board Certification in neuro-ophthalmology is administered by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). Many neuro-ophthalmologists are also members of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS).

What is neuro-ophthalmology malpractice?

Like any medical professional, a neuro-ophthalmologist can be negligent in the practice of their profession. Failure to meet the accepted standard of care in a given situation can result in harm or injury to a patient. Several ways in which a neuro-ophthalmologist could be potentially negligent include:

  • Misdiagnosis
  • Failure to refer
  • Improper treatment
  • Lack of informed consent
  • Medication errors
  • Surgical errors
  • Informed consent

If a neuro-ophthalmologist is negligent in the care of a patient, it can lead to serious complications, including strokes, traumatic brain injury, diplopia, and optic nerve damage.

Neuro-ophthalmologists as expert witnesses

A neuro-ophthalmologist can play a crucial role in legal cases involving visual impairment or other neurological conditions that affect vision, including traumatic brain injuries and injuries to the optic nerve. Any case that involves loss of vision has significant stakes. A neuro-ophthalmologist can explain the mechanism of injury, the cost of treatment, and the long-term outlook for the plaintiff, all significant factors in awarding compensation.

In addition, in cases involving neuro-ophthalmologist malpractice, a Board-Certified neuro-ophthalmologist can explain the applicable standards of care and offer an opinion on whether those standards were met.

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