David Hirsh

David Hirsh, MD

  • Ophthalmology

Appointments: (614) 761-7000

About Me

I am a neuro-ophthalmologist, trained in neurology and ophthalmology residencies, as well as two years in a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship.

Neuro-ophthalmology is a specialty in the borderland between neurology and ophthalmology. Ophthalmologists may have more expertise in vision exams than diseases, while neurologists may have more expertise in diseases than vision examination. So, there is a need for physicians who have expertise in both.

Being an ophthalmologist, I know the ophthalmic diseases which can masquerade as neurologic vision loss, and vice versa. Common conditions that I evaluate include double vision, optic nerve disease, multiple sclerosis-related vision problems and stroke-induced vision loss.

I immensely enjoy the opportunity that being at Ohio State gives me to teach medical students, neurologists and ophthalmologists in training. I also enjoy the stimulating, productive interactions that come from having subspecialty ophthalmologists right here.

I’m very focused on educating my patients as well. The more patients know and understand about their illness, the less frightening it will be for them.


  • Co-director, ophthalmology residents’ neuro-ophthalmology lecture series
  • Lecturer to neurology residents
  • Neuro-ophthalmic lectures for students, technicians and others

Specialties and conditions I treat

  • Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Strabismus
  • Diplopia
  • Optic Nerve Diseases
  • Pupil Disorders
  • Hypertensive Retinopathy
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Susac Syndrome
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Miller Fisher Syndrome
  • Kearns-Sayre Syndrome
  • Ophthalmoplegia, Chronic Progressive External
  • Ophthalmoplegia
  • Oculomotor Nerve Injuries
  • Optic Nerve Injuries
  • Supranuclear Palsy, Progressive
  • Retinal Artery Occlusion
  • Scotoma
  • Optic Nerve Tumors
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Iritis
  • Conjunctivitis, Bacterial
  • Eye Pain
  • Photophobia
  • Low Tension Glaucoma
  • Optic Atrophy
  • Optic Disk Drusen
  • Optic Neuropathy, Ischemic
  • Papilledema
  • Duane Retraction Syndrome
  • Optic Atrophies, Hereditary
  • Amaurosis Fugax
  • Blindness, Cortical
  • Optic Nerve Glioma
  • Wolfram Syndrome
  • Oculomotor Nerve Diseases
  • Anisocoria
  • Horner Syndrome
  • Miosis
  • Mydriasis
  • Tonic Pupil
  • Adie Syndrome
  • Nystagmus, Congenital
  • Nystagmus, Pathologic
  • Ophthalmoplegic Migraine
  • Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Syndrome
  • Esotropia
  • Exotropia
  • Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome
  • Optic Atrophy, Autosomal Dominant
  • Optic Atrophy, Hereditary, Leber
  • Vision Disorders
  • Ocular Motility Disorders

Locations where I practice

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Education and training

Medical Degree

Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Sch. of Med. SUNY at Stony Brook
7/1/1985 - 6/30/1988

Henry Ford Health Systems
7/1/1991 - 6/30/1994

Henry Ford Health Systems
7/1/1990 - 9/30/2001

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My background


University of Michigan Hospitals
7/1/1988 - 6/30/1989

Henry Ford Health Systems
7/1/1989 - 6/30/1990

Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology

American Board of Ophthalmology

My Department



122 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.4
  • Listens Carefully 4.5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.3
  • Knows My Medical History 4.6
  • Shows Respect 4.6
  • Time Spent Together 4.7

Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/28/2017, Dr. Hirsh has reported no financial relationships with medical device, research and/or drug companies.