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Dr. Thomas Mizen, MD is an ophthalmology specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 38 years. He specializes in ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology.
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This content was provided by Dr. Mizen "Neuro-ophthalmology is one of the subspecialties of ophthalmology that bridges neurology and neurosurgery. I get to see patients who have disorders of vision not on an ocular problem but rather on a brain problem. More often than not, I'm usually making a diagnosis and then trying to help the patient out with visual aids when we're finished. The surgical procedures I perform are usually those on the optic nerve or for the eye muscles for double vision. In younger patients who experience loss of vision from an inflamed optic nerve, as can occur with optic neuritis, recovery rates are as high as 84 percent with appropriate therapy. As patients get older and experience optic nerve strokes, unfortunately recovery is about 30 percent. Then what we need to do is to guide the patient through the pathway of rehabilitative services which are available to them. The role is of course to minimize vision loss, but then the role is to maximize patient comfort and performance of daily activities when we're finished."