Priorities for Neuro-ophthalmology research

At a workshop held on 17 May 2013 attended by patients and eye health professionals the following top 10 priorities for neuro-ophthalmology research were identified:

Priorities

  1. What is the underlying cause of optic nerve damage in optic neuropathies, such as anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy, Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, optic neuritis and other optic neuropathies?
  2. What are the most effective treatments and rehabilitation for optic neuropathies, e.g. Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy and anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy?
  3. Can vision loss due to optic nerve diseases such as giant cell arteritis, Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, optic neuritis and optic atrophy, be restored, for example through gene therapy and stem cell treatment?
  4. What rehabilitation or treatment methods are most effective for vision loss following brain damage due to stroke, brain injury, cerebral vision impairment, tumours and dementias?
  5. What is the most effective way to assess vision in patients with neurological visual impairment i.e. stroke, dementia and cerebral/cortical visual impairment?
  6. Can the early stages of optic neuropathy be detected?
  7. How can optic neuropathies be prevented, for example anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy, Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy, optic neuritis and other optic neuropathies?
  8. Can treatments be developed for visual field and ocular motility manifestations following stroke?
  9. How can electronic devices improve or restore vision for people with optic neuropathies?
  10. Can an alternative or new treatment be developed that will treat the sight loss caused by giant cell arteritis?