Neuro-Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus

Neuro-ophthalmology is a sub-speciality of ophthalmology that deals with neurological disease and the eye. The eye is part of the brain, and is directly connected to the brain by the optic nerve, the nerve that takes the vision from the eye to the brain. Therefore, there are many conditions which involve both the brain and the eye.

Neuro-ophthalmology can be divided into diseases of the eye and optic nerve (called the afferent pathway), and diseases of the nerves that control the eye movements (called the efferent pathway). Diseases of the afferent pathway cause loss of vision, and diseases of the efferent pathway cause poor eye movements, and double vision. The team also deals with adult squints (strabismus), as this is part of the efferent system.


We provides an emergency service for a number of conditions, the treatment of which can result in a significant improvement in vision, or quality of life. This service is delivered either through the eye inpatient ward at the Eye Centre or through the Neuro-sciences Service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB). Each of the consultants also work at the QEHB which is the location of the regional Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neuro-radiology Services. The grouping of these services is required for the treatment of the more serious acute Neuro-ophthalmic problems.

Clinics and Referrals:

We accept referrals from throughout the West Midlands and elsewhere in the UK for our expertise in neuro-ophthalmology, and we provide an outpatient service for routine conditions at BMEC and QEHB.


Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre

City Hospital

Dudley Road



Queen Elizabeth
 Hospital Birmingham, Eye Clinic

Mindelsohn Way





If you would like to get in contact with any part of BMEC, please dial our central number 0121 507 4440.

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