David A. Bellows, MD, FACS

Dr. Bellows has been practicing ophthalmology at The Medical Eye Center since 1980 with a specific focus on neuro-ophthalmic diseases and glaucoma.

Dr. Bellows completed his undergraduate studies with a degree in physiology from the University of Illinois. He completed his medical degree at the Chicago Medical School where he graduated in the top 10 of his class and was awarded the prize for Outstanding Performance in Surgery. In that same year he was inducted into Alpha-Omega-Alpha, the Honorary Medical Society. Dr. Bellows completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania’s Scheie Eye Institute. Dr. Bellows was recently chosen to further his study of neuro-ophthalmology at the Bascolm Palmer Eye Institute which has been voted the #1 eye training program in the United States for 10 years in a row by U.S. News and World Report.

Dr. Bellows is a board certified ophthalmologist and a member of the following professional organizations:

  • North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
  • European Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • New Hampshire Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
  • New Hampshire Medical Society

In addition to his work at The Medical Eye Center Dr. Bellows is on faculty at Tufts/New England Medical Center in Boston. He is an active staff member at the Elliot Hospital, Catholic Medical Center (where he served four terms as Chairman of theDepartment of Ophthalmology) and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manchester. He has also been awarded the “Top Doc” award by New Hampshire Magazine.

What is Neuro-Ophthalmology?
More than 30% of your brain is related to vision-related activities. Neuro-ophthalmologists care for visual problems that are related to the nervous system. These include disorders such as:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Thyroid eye disease (Graves’ Disease)
  • Eye movement disorders including:
      – Diplopia (double vision)
      – Cranial nerve palsies
      – Nystagmus
  • Optic nerve diseases such as:
      – Optic neuritis
      – Ischemic optic neuropathy
  • Tumors that affect the visual system such as:
      – Pituitary tumors
      – Meningioma
      – Orbital tumors
  • Orbital inflammatory diseases
  • Pseudotumor cerebri (idiopathic intracranial hypertension) which is an elevation of the pressure in the brain.
  • Visual field loss
  • Unexplained vision loss
  • Transient visual loss
  • Pupil abnormalities