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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Dear Friends,

We at Central Valley Eye hope you and your families are well. With COVID-19 infections continuing to rise, we are taking all necessary precautions to keep patients and staff healthy as we continue to provide the eye care that our community needs:
  • Whenever appropriate, we are rescheduling any patients with cough or cold symptoms
  • We have adjusted our schedule to decrease the number of patients in our waiting rooms. You can expect on average between zero and one patient to be in the waiting room at any given time.
  • We have increased our already strict sanitizing practices to extend into the waiting areas and halls.
  • Whenever appropriate, we are diverting visits to telemedicine (by cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop). Please contact us for further details at 209-952-3700.

    Additionally, some of our office locations may be closed on certain days. If you are unsure whether to come in for your visit, please call us.

    The doctors at Central Valley Eye will not be performing any non-urgent surgeries until further notice. Our surgery coordinators will be contacting patients to reschedule the surgeries that need to be postponed.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 209-952-3700.

    Warmest regards,

    Brandy Simpson
    Practice Manager
    Central Valley Eye Medical Group, Inc.