Neuro-ophthalmology is a subspecialty within the field of ophthalmology that focuses on the diagnosis and management of brain disorders that affect vision.

At Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Dr. Kimberly Cockerham is a board-certified ophthalmologist with fellowship training in neuro-ophthalmology. Her scope of practice in neuro-ophthalmology focuses on adults with abnormal optic nerve function or double vision.


Disorders Connected to Neuro-Ophthalmology

The following disorders can cause decreased vision or visual field defects due to optic nerve dysfunction.

  • Unexplained visual loss
  • Papilledema (swelling of the optic nerve head)
  • Optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
  • Compressive optic neuropathy
  • Traumatic optic neuropathy
  • Hereditary optic neuropathy
  • Vascular optic neuropathy
    • Acute ischemic optic neuropathy
    • Giant cell arteritis

Additionally, these disorders can cause double vision or diplopia.

  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Cranial nerve dysfunction
    • Compression
    • Stroke
    • Brain mass

How do I schedule a Neuro-Ophthalmology examination?

In order to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cockerham, your doctor will need to contact Dr. Cockerham’s administrative assistant, Sonia. All patients need to be referred by an ophthalmologist and/or neurologist. Sonia will coordinate scheduling and determine if the practice is accepting new neuro-ophthalmology patients at this time.

If the practice is accepting new patients they must bring copies of all examinations, laboratory evaluations and imaging reports with CD to their first appointment. We accept Medicare and/or PPO health insurances. During your examination, additional testing, imaging, and laboratory assessments may be necessary to identify the cause of the decreased or double vision.


If you would like to learn more about Neuro-Ophthalmology call 1-800-244-9907 to make an appointment at Central Valley Eye Medical Group.


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