View Full Version : WEBINAR: Keeping an Eye on MS (May 9)

05-08-2017, 02:46 PM
Keeping an Eye on MS
Tue, May 9, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM MDT
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M. Tariq Bhatti, MD
Diane B. Whitaker, OD

Keeping An Eye On MS

Along with the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord, the eye - in particular the optic nerve - is part of the central nervous system (CNS). The reason visual problems are very common in multiple sclerosis (MS) is because MS is a disease of the CNS.

The three main visual problems that can occur in MS are:
Optic neuritis
Double vision
Nystagmus (or jumping eyes)

Medical treatment for the sudden onset of optic neuritis, double vision, or nystagmus is often steroids, which help accelerate the recovery of the visual problem. But in some individuals the visual problems may not fully recover and may become permanent. Vision rehabilitation strategies to address double vision include prisms and/or temporary occlusion until double vision resolves. Central vision loss resulting from optic neuritis responds optimally to magnification and contrast enhancement of viewed objects. The strategies and technologies that allow individuals to maintain optimal function after permanent vision loss from MS will be explored.

Please join M. Tariq Bhatti, MD; Professor of Ophthlamology, Neurology and Neurosurgery and Division Chief of Neuro-Ophthlamology from the Duke Eye Center and Duke University Medical Center, and Diane B. Whitaker, OD; Division Chief of Vision Rehabilitation at the Duke Eye Center, as they discuss vision problems in MS and resources available for people with low vision.

NOTE: An archive of this webinar will post after airing.