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Neuro-ophthalmology

Karl C. Golnik, M.D.

Karl C. Golnik, M.D. is the Neuro-Ophthalmologist at Cincinnati Eye Institute (CEI). The eye generates the visual signal, but in order for a person to see, this signal must be transmitted to the brain.

A Neuro-Ophthalmologist is concerned with the visual pathways in the brain and with visual abnormalities (visual loss, double vision) that occur when Communication between the brain and the eye is damaged. Neuro-Ophthalmology bridges the gap between several specialties including neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and ophthalmology. Patients with unexplained visual loss, double vision, or a wide spectrum of disorders including brain tumor, aneurysm, stroke, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and thyroid eye disease may benefit by consulting a Neuro-Ophthalmologist.

Dr. Golnik received his Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his Ophthalmology Residency at University of Virginia. He returned to Wilmer Institute at Johns Hopkins for his Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship. He joined CEI in 1994. Currently, he is Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology and Neurosurgery at University of Cincinnati, and Vice-Chairman and Residency Program Director for the Department of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Golnik is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist who has published more than 80 articles and book chapters in the field of Neuro-Ophthalmology. He has received the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society Resident/Fellow Award, the Pierre Jenkins Award for Resident Education, the Resident Teaching Award at University of Cincinnati in the Department of Ophthalmology and Neurology, the Senior Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Straatsma Award for resident education, and the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine.

He lectures nationally and internationally while serving as Editor-in Chief of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Ophthalmic News and Education network, President of the Program Director's Council, Secretary of Education for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology, and Chairman of the International Council of Ophthalmology's International Task Force on Coordination and Education of Program Directors of Ophthalmic Residencies.

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