Brain Trauma / Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation
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Brain Injuries and Vision
Brain injury can affect a person in many ways extending from physical limitations to changes in perception and cognition. Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is an all-encompassing term for damage to the brain and it is common for an injury to have profound affect in neurological processing. This can adversely affect the way a person functions in their activities of daily living. Examples are speech issues and physical changes such as impaired motor function. The visual system is often involved, as well.
An ABI can also be a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) caused by external force to the head. Examples are a motor vehicle accident, a fall, or contact sports. It can be the result of a medical condition such as stroke, tumor, aneurism, meningitis and cerebral palsy, or other neurological insults.
Vision is Linked to the Brain
Traumatic Brain Injury often results in an interruption in communication between the eyes and the brain. Vision Problems are often overlooked in diagnosing brain injury symptoms, particularly during initial treatment of the injury. Vision problems that are left untreated can have serious consequences.
Dr. Blair and Dr. Jackson both specialize in Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation and can help anyone who has experienced Brain Trauma. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation is an individualized treatment regimen for patients with visual deficits as a direct result of physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and other neurological insults. Treatment regimens encompass medically necessary non-compensatory lenses and prisms with and without occlusion and other appropriate medical rehabilitation strategies.
Common Vision Problems & Symptoms Following a Brain Injury
- Eye focusing – Blurred vision or ability to shift focus between objects between near and far distances may be compromised.
- Eye teaming - Your eyes may not work together properly as a team even to the point of experiencing double vision.
- Eye movements – You may experience difficulty with eye movements when reading or trying to follow a moving object (like a ball being thrown). Losing your place while reading is a common complaint.
- Motion sensitivity – The integration between the vision and balance system can be disrupted, making it difficult to process motion properly. Symptoms can include discomfort and even dizziness when scrolling on a computer screen or phone, or when in busy environments such as grocery stores, social settings, or sporting events.
Symptoms may vary among individuals, but some typical symptoms include: Visual Field Loss, Eye Pain and Headaches, and Sensitivity to Light
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