Neuro-ophthalmology deals with any neurological condition affecting vision, such as inflammation in the optic nerve (optic neuritis), strokes in the optic nerve or brain and tumors of many types.
One of only 8 or 10 neuro-ophthalmologists in the state of Texas, Dr. Smith characterizes himself as a “mystery buster.”
“I examine and treat patients with unexplained vision loss,” he says. “My patients generally come from ophthalmologists or optometrists. When those professionals don’t know why their patients are not seeing well, they send them to me for diagnosis.”
Dr. Smith spends a significant amount of time talking with patients to get detailed health histories. Next comes a thorough eye examination and, based on findings, a series of appropriate tests—such as an MRI brain scan, or visual field testing, or laboratory tests.
For example: If an MRI scan indicates a brain tumor or multiple sclerosis, Dr. Smith can refer patients to a Scott & White neurosurgeon or neurologist for further care. He also works closely with endocrinologists to treat patients whose vision is adversely affected by hormonal disorders.
Besides his patient practice, Dr. Smith directs the Scott & White Eye Institute’s Ophthalmology Residency program, widely regarded as one of the finest ophthalmology residencies in the nation.
“The team at the Scott & White Eye Institute is able to treat patients with any kind of vision disorder,” says Dr. Smith. “We’re backed by Scott & White Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals and teaching institutions in the United States.”
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