Neuro-Ophthalmology

The UNC Neuro-Ophthalmology Service provides evaluation and treatment of patients presenting with eye misalignments/strabismus, double vision, Graves’ disease/thyroid eye disease and other orbital diseases, and facial dystonias (blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm).  Patients with orbital diseases, including Graves’ disease, or thyroid eye disease, are frequently evaluated and treated by the Neuro-ophthalmology Service.  The Director, David A. Chesnutt, MD, also specializes in treating conditions causing double vision and abnormal facial movements such as blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm.  The Service is actively involved in research studies aimed at identifying patients with Graves’ disease who may have a higher risk of future development of severe eye problems and who may therefore benefit from earlier treatment aimed at prevention of such complications.

David A. Chesnutt, MD, has completed training in neuro-ophthalmology and additional training in oculoplastic and orbital surgery.  Adults are primarily evaluated, although occasionally children with the above problems are seen.  The Neuro-ophthalmology Service works closely with other specialty areas at UNC.