If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with an eye condition like NAION (non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy), you can have confidence in the experience and research expertise of our specialists at University of Missouri Health Care’s Mason Eye Institute. We’re learning more and more about the causes and future treatments of eye diseases like NAION, for which there are limited options.

As an academic health center, our doctors are also educators and researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, so we know about the latest eye disease treatments. Discoveries in our labs have helped treat many eye conditions. Researchers like ours make the scientific breakthroughs that lead to new treatments, or possibly a cure, for NAION.

Our research focus and experience benefit you because it means your care team is on the front lines of NAION care. You can be among the first to get new, leading-edge treatments through clinical trials. These are treatments you won’t find anywhere else in the region.

A team approach to NAION care

NAION is a condition that’s related to circulation and blood flow. The swelling of the optic nerve causes sudden, painless loss of vision. That’s why our ophthalmologists work closely with neurologists, cardiologists, vascular experts and other doctors who are experts in blood flow, to diagnose NAION and plan treatment. And, because people with high blood pressure and diabetes are at greater risk for NAION, we work with other specialists to help lower risk for those patients.

Our experts can diagnose your condition and rule out other causes without you having to go through testing you don’t need. Your doctor will use some of the same methods to diagnose NAION that are used for stroke or heart disease — such as an ultrasound exam of your carotid artery to see how your blood flows.

Your care team will develop a treatment plan to improve your quality of life, including:

  • Low-vision aids to make the most of your remaining eyesight
  • Stroke medicines (blood thinners, aspirin, blood pressure medicine) to improve blood flow
  • Vitamins and antioxidants to support good health

We know how hard it is to live with NAION, so we offer more than expert health care. We offer education, support and resources to boost your well-being. Your care team is there for you, every step of the way.