Neuro Ophthalmology Service | Research and Innovation

Boston Children's clinicians are engaged in a variety of studies with significant potential to advance the fields of ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology.

Learn more about our researchers and their projects:

Boston Children's Neuro-Ophthalmology Service uses the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment approaches available, incorporating minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. Our offerings include:

  • non-invasive imaging with optical coherence tomography (OCT)
    This state-of-the-art technology uses light waves to capture detailed, cross-sectional images of structures in the eye. OCT, which has been used before to diagnose and treat retinal disease and glaucoma, is ideally suited for detecting and monitoring several important neuro-ophthalmic processes. Click the image at right to see an example of OCT at work.

Optic nerve head image generated with OCT.

Shown at right, clockwise from far left: an optic nerve head with edema; the corresponding image generated by OCT; and a readout showing the quantitative value of the nerve height. Click the image to view a larger version.

  • the optic nerve sheath fenestration procedure, a well-tolerated surgical procedure for treating patients who have optic nerve swelling related to elevated intracranial pressure. During the procedure, the neuro-ophthalmologist makes a small incision in the sheath covering the optic nerve and uses this "window" to safely drain the excess fluid out for re-absorption by surrounding tissues.