Neuro Ophthalmology

Boston Children's Hospital's Neuro-Ophthalmology Service focuses on disease processes that affect the interface between the eye and the brain, both with regards to the transmission of visual information to the brain through the optic nerve and the complex processing that generates coordinated eye movements.

The service, part of Boston Children's Department of Ophthalmology, is a truly interdisciplinary effort. Our pediatric neuro-ophthalmologist, Gena Heidary, MD, PhD, also collaborates with clinicians in Boston Children's:


About our pediatric neuro-ophthalmologist

Gena Heidary, MD, PhD, is the primary clinician for Boston Children's Neuro-Ophthalmology Service. She joined Boston Children's full-time after completing both a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus in our Department of Ophthalmology and a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  

Dr. Heidary holds a doctorate in neuroscience and is one of just a few dually fellowship-trained pediatric neuro-ophthalmologists in the U.S. In addition to her extensive background in pediatric neuro-ophthalmology, she is also experienced in managing adult strabismus and eye muscle problems linked to thyroid disease.

What is idiopathic intracranial hypertension, or pseudotumor cerebri? Read Dr. Heidary's answers to FAQ in Pediatric Views.




Boston Children's Hospital's Department of Ophthalmology is now home to a comprehensive Neuro-Ophthalmology Service for the evaluation and management of neuro-ophthalmic disorders that affect infants and children.

We are one of just a handful of pediatric ophthalmology programs in the world with a service dedicated entirely to eye problems caused by neurological conditions. 

Children's neuro-ophthalmologist Gena Heidary, MD, PhD, with a young patient.

In the news

Spotlight on the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service

Read a profile of the service in the February 2011 edition of Pediatric Views.