Have You Had a Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury?
Do you experience blurry or double vision? Have difficulties maintaining attention, reading, driving or using a computer?
A variety of vision problems may develop following a traumatic brain injury (including concussion) and stroke. Fortunately, a neuro optometrist can treat these and other vision problems caused by the events below:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Because more areas of the brain are used to process vision than any other system, traumatic brain injuries often result in vision problems. In fact, studies show that 90% of TBI patients experience some form of vision disruption, which is caused by interrupted communication between the eyes and the brain.
Mild Brain Injury (MTBI) - Concussions
Though considered mild, a concussion is still a brain injury that can cause ongoing debilitating symptoms and alter the normal function of one’s brain.
The most affected demographic are children and teens, and of those, more than 60% experience visual symptoms. Older people are also prone to concussions. If you or a family member has sustained a concussion or even whiplash — such as from a violent blow to the head — we strongly urge you to get your eyes examined as soon as possible.
A stroke (also called a cerebrovascular accident, or CVA) occurs when there's a sudden interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain, or a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding brain cells. The ocular changes associated with stroke can be categorized as sensory (visual acuity and visual field), motor (extraocular muscle motility) and perceptual.
To learn more or to obtain treatment, contact EyeCare Associates for a neuro-optometry consultation today.
The Intersection of Neurology and Optometry
Neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy is a customized treatment program for patients whose stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, neurological condition or disease has resulted in visual deficits. It applies the latest methods and treatments of neuro-plasticity and vision function to help patients develop or regain the essential visual skills necessary for learning and optimal daily function.
An undiagnosed vision condition, or one resulting from a traumatic brain injury or neurological disease, can result in the following problems:
- Blurred vision
- Eye-teaming and eye-tracking problems
- Visual field loss
- Extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Eye focusing problems
As part of an interdisciplinary approach, neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy targets the underlying cause of the symptoms listed above.
If you or a loved one is suffering from neurological disease, trauma or conditions, visit our team of eye doctors for a comprehensive eye exam and neuro-optometric solutions.
What Others Are Saying About Us
At the beginning of our Vision Therapy journey, I can say I was skeptical. How can Vision Therapy change things like anxious behavior, confidence, and school performance? Little did I know, just six months of Vision Therapy would change my daughter's life!
At just seven years old, my daughter came to me with a secret. When she tried to read, the words walked off the page making it very difficult to concentrate and understand what she was reading. Up until that point, I thought my daughter just had generalized anxiety as I had noticed anxious behaviors in the home, and my daughter's teacher noticed it in the classroom. We started seeing a psychologist with the hope of working on coping skills. I also decided to take my daughter to an occupational therapist just to make sure sensory processing issues weren't interfering. The occupational therapy evaluation appointment changed everything.
The occupational therapist evaluating my daughter recognized visual motor issues right away. It was suggested I took my daughter to a Behavioral Optometrist. I hesitated. My daughter was seeing an Optometrist. I didn't know what a Behavioral Optometrist could do for us.
In January 2017, we had our very first appointment with Dr. Randy Schulman. Dr. Schulman's evaluation was very long and thorough more so than any eye doctor appointment I every had. At the end, Dr. Schulman explained to us our daughter had the visual system of a pre schooler. She lacked depth perception, the ability to focus at points near and far, and the ability to track making her visually impaired. My daughter struggled in every area you could struggle in. Dr. Schulman suggested 6-9 months of Vision Therapy.
After a short discussion, my husband and I decided to start Vision Therapy right away. Weekly, we met a therapist and spent time working on activities to stimulate the brain eye connection hoping eventually my daughter would be able to see the world like I could. My daughter and I also did 15 minutes of home therapy five days a week.
Within a month, we noticed a level of confidence never seen before. Prior to Vision Therapy, my daughter rarely smiled, said hello to people, or held her head up high. Now my daughter was laughing, interacting with peers who weren't in her tight circle of friends, and had this new sass that everyone was happy to see! We also noticed an overall decrease in the anxious behaviors we were seeing at home and in the classroom.
May 2017 my daughter participated in her dance recital. In years prior, I had noticed my daughter rarely looked out at the audience, she was always looking to her left and right which I now know was her trying to judge how far she was to the dancers next to her. Prior to Vision Therapy she has no spacial awareness. This year, my daughter danced the entire time with a smile on her face and even danced with a cane!
By the end of the 2017 school year, my daughter had made so much progress in reading. In the beginning of the school year, we had opted not to have her participate in extra reading help as she was noticeable frustrated reading. I am confident her growth in reading from January to June was due to Vision Therapy.
My daughter graduated Vision Therapy in August of this year. We are still committed to home exercises and regular checkups with Dr. Schulman. I highly encourage any parent who has a child struggling with anxiety around school, reading or math difficulties, or attention difficulties to see a Behavioral Optometrist. Dr. Schulman and her team forever changed not only my daughter's educational path but also changed her my daughter's ability to actively participate in activities with her peers.
Thank you, Dr. Schulman, for changing yet another life.
Learn More About Neuro Optometry | FAQ
Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy is very effective in resolving a range of vision problems resulting from brain injuries and neurological disorders.
The highly trained Trumbull-based our team of eye doctors will diagnose issues with eye-teaming, focusing, and visual tracking, and prescribe the most effective neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy program so that you can live your best life!
Do Vision Problems Develop Right After a Brain Injury?
Visual problems following a brain injury tend to be overlooked during the initial treatment, since the patient may have serious and life-threatening issues that require urgent medical attention. Furthermore, symptoms may not even present themselves until some time has passed following the injury. The earlier you see a Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist, the better.
Note that early diagnosis leads to more efficient treatment.
Who Can Benefit From Neuro-Optometry?
Neuro-optometry helps those with:
- Head and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Cerebral vascular accidents (CVA)
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Diabetic neuropathy
How Long Is the Vision Rehabilitation Process?
Certain rehabilitation programs may last weeks or months, whereas others may last years — it all depends on the severity of the injury and the resulting visual impact.