Under the direction of Prof. (Dr.) Prakash Kumar Chowdhury, the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service is staffed by experienced, skilled specialists who work with a patient’s referring physician to manage their condition or illness.
The optic nerve is the means by which the eye and brain communicate. Illnesses or medical conditions that affect the eye-brain connection are treated by neuro-ophthalmologists. These specialists diagnose and treat disorders that affect the nerves and muscles in and around the eye and also treat the ocular manifestations of glandular conditions, such as thyroid eye disease (Graves’ eye disease) as well as autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), and other diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
A variety of diagnostic studies will be incorporated into a patient’s treatment to thoroughly evaluate a condition, including:
- Vascular studies
- CT or MRI
- Color Doppler flow imaging
- Fluorescein angiography
In addition to the conditions listed above, the neuro-ophthalmologists at Bangladesh Eye Hospital,Chattogram also treat optic neuropathy, myasthenia gravis, and the ocular disorders that may occur with brain tumors, AIDS and stroke.
Dr. S. M. Masud Parvez
Prof. (Dr.) Prakash Kumar Chowdhury
Useful info and health tips
Patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) typically experience the sensation of having “tired" eyes that appear to become droopy or sleepy-looking as the day progresses. They also report fatigue in their limbs, face and jaw. They may have trouble breathing, talking, chewing or swallowing. MG is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body seems to turn on itself, producing antibodies to destroy healthy tissue. Women tend to have MG more than men. Many MG patients have eye disorders related to their condition. All of them require a thorough ophthalmologic exam as well as a careful family history because MG seems to run in families. Though there is yet no cure for MG, medications have greatly improved the quality of life for patients. Other treatments, such as plasmapheresis, a technique that aims to clear the excess antibodies from the blood, is also a possibility for some patients.
An inflammation of the optic nerve causing blurred vision and even temporary blindness. This condition is sometimes associated with multiple sclerosis. Persons who suspect they have this condition should see an ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Sometimes, optic neuropathies resolve on their own, but it is important to find out if there is any underlying illness.
This condition often affects the elderly and people with extensive arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Patients usually go to their physician complaining of decreased vision. Treatment includes steroids to prevent further deterioration of the optic nerve.