Neuro-Ophthalmology Essentials

To facilitate competence in the neuro-ophthalmic examination, diagnosis and management of common neuro-ophthalmic conditions.

Comprehensive Ophthalmologists, Residents, Medical Students, Optometrists, Neurologists

Eye care providers will often encounter patients with neuro-ophthalmic conditions. These conditions may result in permanent visual loss and even death. It is essential that one be familiar with these conditions and have knowledge of how to recognize, diagnose and treat these potentially devastating problems. This course will cover the most common, critical and potentially deadly neuro-ophthalmic maladies that every eye care provider will encounter.

 The main topics covered include optic nerve and pupil abnormalities, conditions that effect ocular motility, occult visual loss and neuro-ophthalmic manifestations of selected systemic diseases. Each section will include examination techniques, crucial neuro-ophthalmic signs and symptoms, clinical findings and appropriate management. Numerous videos, clinical photographs and imaging studies are used to illustrate relevant abnormalities. Quizzes throughout the course will ensure knowledge transfer and ultimately facilitate the participant’s familiarity with a wide variety of neuro-ophthalmic conditions.

 The course is organized into 6 modules. You can start on any date and enter the course 24 hours a day. 

Depending on your previous knowledge, you can go through it in 6 weeks using 2 to 3 hours a week. 

At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:
  • Recognize normal and abnormal optic discs and characterize the abnormalities.
  • Describe diagnostic and management considerations for the most common optic neuropathies.
  • Identify normal and abnormal pupils and be able to characterize pupillary abnormalities.
  • Describe the basics of the ocular motility examination and identify common ocular motility abnormalities.
  • Describe an approach to the patient who has visual loss or symptoms but has a “normal” examination.
  • Describe and identify neuro-ophthalmic manifestations of common systemic diseases.
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  • Optic Disc Examination
    • Examination
    • Congenital anomalies
    • Acquired abnormalities
  • Optic Neuropathies
    • Diagnosis
    • Inflammatory
    • Infectious
    • Ischemic
    • Papilledema
    • Miscellaneous (needs to be narrated)
  • Pupils
    • Examination
    • Relative afferent pupillary defect
    • Anisocoria
    • Light-near dissociation
  • Unexplained Visual Loss
    • Refractive/media
    • Retinal
    • Optic nerve/visual pathway
    • Non-organic
  • Ocular Motility
    • Examination
    • Fusional abnormalities
    • Cranial nerve palsies
    • Inter/supranuclear
    • Myasthenia gravis
    • Muscle
    • Nystagmus: Childhood
    • Nystagmus: Adult
  • Neuro-ophthalmic manifestations of systemic diseases
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Thyroid eye disease
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Cerebrovascular
  • Professor & Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Eye Institute.
  • Fellowship at Wilmer Eye Institute.
  • Practiced Neuro-ophthalmology exclusively for 26 years.
  • Published more than 120 papers in neuro-ophthalmology and medical education.
  • Currently serves as the International Council of Ophthalmology’s Director for Education.

Dr. Karl Golnik

Dr. Ama Sadaka

  • Ophthalmologist and assistant professor at the Lebanese American University Medical Center Rizk Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Medical Degree from the American University of Beirut (AUB).
  • Completed her Ophthalmology Residency at University of Cincinnati.
  • Neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital along with oculoplastics training.

Registration and Payment Instructions

Select your registration from the below options. The system will then direct you to submit payment via PayPal. Within 48 business hours of payment confirmation you will receive an email, to the address associated with your Paypal account, with a welcome message to your course as well as your login information and instructions.

Registration is open. You may start the course on any date.

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  • Pretests
  • Audiovisual lectures
  • Review mindmaps
  • Posttests
  • Questions and answers forums