What is a Neuro-Optometrist | Long Island Eye Doctor
I though it would be fitting for my first blog to be about my speciality, Neuro-Optometry. Now don’t worry if you are unfamiliar with this term. Neuro-Optometry is somewhat of an “up and coming” speciality within Optometry, although its fundamentals have been around a very long time.
Optometrists are doctors who specialize in the health of the eye itself (i.e. red eyes, cataracts, ARMD), Neuro-Optometrists are specialized in what occurs in the BRAIN that affects how you see! Now you may be wondering what this means? Well if you go through your day without noticing that your eyes are working, then your eyes and brain and working seamlessly together! However people who– for example, have sustained a brain injury, may have completely normal eyes, yet often have symptoms such as double vision, difficulty tracking, or headaches with reading. These symptoms are related to injury to the brain that affects how you see!
So what are the patients like? and what can I do to help them?
My patients are usually referred by their neurologists, physiatrists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. They also are referred by their family or friends who have been my patients, or have heard about me. They are far ranging from children with seizure disorders, to the young adult who has sustained a few sports concussions, to the adult who has had a brain injury from a car accident, to the elderly that has suffered a stroke.
The best part of my job is that I can truly help my patients, this is why I chose this speciality and this is why I am so passionate about it. Through my specialized testing I am able to gain an understanding of how my patient’s visual system is working inefficiently. Once I complete my testing, I have already mapped out a treatment course that will rehabilitate and restore their vision and improve their quality of life. Having the experience from treating thousands of patients with brain injury and neurological diseases, I am confident in my skills and have the understanding that there is always more to learn.
Thank you for reading, I hope you found the information helpful.
Amy Chang, OD, FAAO
(A patient performing a vision therapy procedure)