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


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

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

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Board Certifications

American Board of Ophthalmology

American Board of Ophthalmology

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140 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.4 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.3
  • Listens Carefully 4.3
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.2
  • Knows My Medical History 4.4
  • Shows Respect 4.4
  • Time Spent Together 4.6

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 09, 2018

Dr Hirsch was incredibly thorough with the exam. He made sure that I understood what was going on and what are the best options for treatment.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2018

Dr David made me feel like I was his only patient he had to care for that day. He made me feel very relaxed and comfortable. I would definitely recommend him to everybody I come in contact that would need his services.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2018

He did a great job.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2017

he was great

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2017

Asked questions & listened to answers attentively. Extremely knowledgeable and made sure I understood diagnosis & what tests mean.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2017

He was very good in telling me things about my problem with my eyes.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2017

Great, smart doctor & teacher.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2017

The doctor was very rough and not very personable. After waiting about 2 hrs to be seen my visit with Dr. Hirsh was about 10 minutes.

Reviewed on Nov 06, 2017

Dr. Hirsch is very good at what he does.

Reviewed on Nov 05, 2017

Dr. Hirsh is always very thorough and direct with me. I had an abnormal test result the last time I had seen him, and he made sure to bring me in to re-test and monitor my health issues promptly. I'm very happy with him, and trust him implicitly with my general neurological health, as well as his specialty of my eye health. Thank you to him and his nurses.

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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.