Skip to main content

Optometry and Rehabilitation

Very few in the health care professions, including head trauma rehabilitation centers, are adequately aware of visual problems resulting from Acquired Brain Injury and the visual-perceptual consequences. Unfortunately this creates a gap in rehabilitative services, resulting in incomplete treatment and frustration for the patient, family and treatment team.

Vision care professionals can play an important role in the rehabilitation effort. Through vision therapy and the proper use of lenses, a behavioral optometrist, specifically trained to work with Acquired Brain Injury patients, can help improve the flow and processing of information between the eyes and the brain.

Acquired Brain Injury can come in many forms. Below are some common diagnoses:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Mild Acquired Brain Injury
  • Mild Closed Head Injury
  • Post-Concussive Syndrome
  • Cervical Trauma Syndrome
  • Post Traumatic Vision Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy

Hidden Visual Problems

Vision is the most important source of sensory information. Due to the close relationship between vision and the brain, Acquired Brain Injury can significantly interfere with the visual flow and processing of information. Resulting in vision problems such as:

  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Reading difficulties; words appear to move
  • Comprehension, attention and concentration difficulties
  • Memory difficulty
  • Double vision
  • Aching eyes
  • Headaches with visual tasks
  • Loss of visual field
Woman holding head in hands