Papilledema is a serious condition that must be treated immediately by a neuro-optometrist or a neuro-ophthalmologist. This is a condition that can occur for several reasons, including increased intracranial pressure. For that reason, it's important to get help from a certified neuro-optometrist or neuro-ophthalmologist that can determine the root cause of your papilledema and rule out any dangerous conditions.
At Eye Wellness Center, we have a trained neuro-ophthalmologist on hand that can provide eye care, improving our client's vision, and preventing conditions like papilledema from severely impacting vision. If you're wondering whether your symptoms are due to papilledema or have a history of this or other disorders, it's important to visit us as soon as possible to get the “better eye care” you need.
What Is Papilledema?
Papilledema is a condition in which the optic nerve of the eye becomes swollen, along with optic disc swelling. This optic disc is where the optic nerves of the eye converge and enter or exit the eye. This occurs due to increased intracranial pressure, or pressure inside the brain. Increased intracranial pressure may result for a variety of reasons, which may include:
- Brain tumors
- Acute liver failure
- Blockages in the brain
- Sinus issues
- Bleeding in the brain
For us, the signs of papilledema will be clear once imaging tests are conducted. We can use these imaging tests to determine if the cause of papilledema is due to a neurological issue.
What Are the Signs of Papilledema?
The signs of papilledema will be most apparent to neuro-optometrists or neuro-ophthalmologists, who will be conducting tests measuring the pressure of your eye and taking a deeper look at your optic nerves. However, other signs of papilledema can include:
- Double vision
- Pulsative Tinnitus, which is a ringing in the ear that coincides with your heartbeat
What Treatment Does a Neuro-Optometrist Provide?
Papilledema can be a life-threatening condition, indicating that an underlying disorder or problem with the brain is present. A neuro-ophthalmologist on our team will help determine the best treatment, which can include emergency intervention if your papilledema is due to a brain tumor, infection, or bleeding.
MRI scans can help determine the best course of treatment. Medications such as antibiotics can help treat infections like meningitis that can cause papilledema. An neuro-optometrist or neuro-ophthalmologist can know what treatment will work to help save your vision, and possibly your life.
Get Eye Care and Papilledema Treatment from a Neuro-Ophthalmologist at on Our Team
If you notice you're suffering from severe double vision and headaches, don't wait to get help because it may be due to disc swelling. Schedule an appointment at with us at Eye Wellness Center to get the “better eye care” you need from a neuro-optometrist or neuro ophthalmologist on our team.