The goal of our Neuro-ophthalmology Initiative is to improve care for patients with conditions that involve their eye, brain and nervous system.
Neuro-ophthalmology blends the skills and services of two medical disciplines: neurology and ophthalmology.
What conditions do neuro-ophthalmologists treat?
Most Asian developing countries share similar neuro-ophthalmic conditions among their populations.
Road trauma from motorbikes is the most common cause of optic-neuropathy and double vision because motorbikes are the most popular forms of transport and the use of helmets is not mandatory or enforced.
THE REACH OF OUR TRAINING, EQUIPMENT & SUPPORT
The aim of neuro-ophthalmology research is to better understand the relationship between neurological conditions and visual impairment. As neuro-ophthalmology is a new sub-specialty in all Sight For All’s partner countries, we will encourage for research opportunities in the future once the new trained doctors have the opportunity to start their own Neuro-ophthalmology clinics and have enough patients on them, this could take several years..
Since 2014, Sight For All has trained 12 Fellows in Neuro-ophthalmology. These Fellows are from Myanmar, Cambodia and Mongolia. Sight For All is also supporting training in Neuro-ophthalmology via an Online Ophthalmology Congress in June 2021 and an ongoing online learning program.
“A LIFE CHANGING OPPORTUNITY” IN MYANMAR
The Neuro-Ophthalmology Visionary Team, led by Prof John Crompton trained three fellows in the sub-specialty area – Dr Aye Kyaw Maung from Mandalay Eye Ear Nose and Throat Hospital (MEENTH), Dr Yin New Win from Yangon Eye Hospital and Dr Mon Mon Yi from the University of Medicine 2.
“I’d like to thank Sight For All, on behalf of the Myanmar Ophthalmic Society,” said Dr Yin New Win.
“This fellowship is a life-changing opportunity for me and for all the patients that I can now help. Please continue teaching programs like this to support young ophthalmologists, as well as our patients,” she said.
The Myanmar project, funded by the Geok Hua Wong Charitable Trust, follows Sight For All’s very successful 2014 Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship in Vietnam which trained three fellows – Drs Quang, Ngoc and Hung in this sub-specialty area.