M. Tariq Bhatti

Professor of Ophthalmology
Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor of Neurology
Chief, Neuro Ophthalmology
Campus mail: Aeri Building (eye Center), Durham, NC 27710-3802
Phone: (919) 681-9191

Clinically oriented research interests include giant cell (temporal) arteritis, neuro-ophthalmic manifestations of mitochondrial diseases (Leber hereditary optic neuropathy), ophthalmic complications of endoscopic sinus surgery and optic neuritis in multiple sclerosis. Clinical practice is focused on a variety of visual, orbital and ocular motility disorders.

Education and Training

  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S. 1989
  • New York University, M.D. 1993
  • Yale University, Internship, Medicine
  • University of Florida, Residency, Ophthalmology
  • Emory University, Fellow, Neuro Ophthalmology
  • University of Florida, Assistant Professor, Neuro Ophthalmology
  • University of Florida, Director Of Ophthlamology, Ophthalmology
  • Drexel University, Fellow, Orbital And Oculoplastic Surgery


Orbito-Masticatory Syndrome.

We describe 2 unique cases of visual symptoms occurring during mastication in patients with lateral orbital wall defects.

Endodermal Cyst of the Third Nerve in a Child.

Endodermal cysts, also known as neurogenic, neuroenteric, foregut, bronchogenic, respiratory, epithelial, teratomatous, or gastrocytoma cysts, can be found in the central nervous system, predominantly in the subarachnoid space of the cervical and


A 62-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis experienced painless loss of vision in both eyes after starting fingolimod. Fundus examination revealed bilateral macular edema confirmed by optical coherence tomography.