News Release: Emory Healthcare, School of Medicine

Sep. 15,  2009

Emory Eye Center Neuro-Ophthalmologists Author "Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated"

News Article ImageNeuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated. More info on publishers' web site.

With a combined 40 years of experience, Emory Eye Center neuro-ophthalmologists Nancy J. Newman and Valérie Biousse have collaborated to write Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated (Thieme Verlag), a book intended to de-mystify the perceived complexity of neuro-ophthalmology, according to the authors.  

While the book is aimed at medical students, residents and practicing ophthalmologists and neurologists, the authors expect that it will be a valuable resource for neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and otolaryngologists who see patients with disorders of vision and the brain.

With 640 pages and containing nearly 900 unique images, Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated covers anatomy and pathophysiology to diagnosis and management. It provides a unique approach to thinking about, assessing and treating neuro-ophthalmic disorders. It offers a "how-to" on performing the essential examination, and covers disorders of the visual afferent system, the pupil, ocular motor efferent systems and the orbit and lid. The authors also point out the important neuro-ophthalmologic manifestations associated with common neurologic and systemic disorders.

"It has the flavor of an atlas," says Newman, "but, on the other hand, we have incorporated a comprehensive approach to neuro-ophthalmology. Our goal is to make it attainable and understandable for practitioners of any sort who deal with disorders of vision or the brain.

"Because the visual pathways in the brain encompass nearly one-third of the brain, it is almost impossible to have a neurologic disorder without having a neuro-ophthalmic manifestation," she explains. "The emphasis is on how to think about these disorders, from symptoms and signs, to localization, differential diagnosis and management."

The highly visual guide provides essential information on clinical neuro-ophthalmology. Its intent is to be a multi-purpose neuro-ophthalmology atlas and reference in a convenient, portable format, both for clinical practice and in the classroom.

"It may be especially helpful for residents preparing for board examinations in ophthalmology, neurology and neurosurgery," notes Biousse.

Newman says, "Because neuro-ophthalmology is the ‘overlap' specialty between ophthalmology and neurology, the book covers all the disorders that may affect those parts of the central nervous system devoted to vision. Neuro-ophthalmologists are teachers. We teach ophthalmologists about the brain-and neurologists and neurosurgeons about the eye. We facilitate communication between specialties and among physicians. This book can help bridge that gap."

"Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated is going to be THE TEXT for studying and learning neuro-ophthalmology," says Timothy W. Olsen, director, Emory Eye Center. "This book is written by the sharpest clinical minds who are also experienced teachers of students at all levels - from medical students and residents to high-level subspecialists. This work represents a clinical distillate from years of experience, put together with great care in an organized and systematic text accented with wonderful illustration. Such visual learning makes all the difference in understanding the art of neuro-ophthalmology. We are exceedingly proud of this combined effort from Drs. Biousse and Newman for sharing their knowledge in this gift to learning."

Emory Eye Center has a mission to conduct pioneering research into blinding eye diseases, to educate and train eye professionals, and to provide excellent patient care. The Department includes 35 ophthalmologists, eight optometrists, ten basic scientists, 11 post-doctoral fellows, and nine researchers in other Emory departments who hold joint appointments in the Emory University School of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology. Ophthalmology research is supported by current NIH funding of $20 million through 2010. The Department remains in the top rankings (#9 - 2009) by U.S. News & World Report for the 13 years the magazine has held a ranking for Ophthalmology. It also ranks in the Top Ten in all four categories surveyed by Ophthalmology Times annual report.


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