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ABOUT VISION PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH BRAIN INJURIES

This site provides information and resources for people who having difficulties with their vision following a brain injury. Brain injuries can come in many forms. Below are some common diagnoses:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Mild Acquired Brain Injury
  • Mild Closed Head Injury
  • Post-Concussive Syndrome
  • Cervical Trauma Syndrome
  • Post Traumatic Vision Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident
Essentially, Traumatic Brain Injury or Acquired Brain Injury is an insult to the brain, such as a blow to the head, stroke, or neurological dysfunction. The insult can produce cognitive, sensory or physical impairments; most are amenable to rehabilitation. The following is a list of symptoms of visual problems which can result from brain injuries:

  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light, glare sensitivity
  • Reading difficulties; words appear to move
  • Comprehension difficulty
  • Attention and concentration difficulty
  • Memory difficulty
  • Double vision
  • Aching eyes
  • Headaches with visual tasks
  • Inability to maintain visual contact
  • Reduction or loss of visual field
  • Difficulties with eye movements, such as:
    1. ocular pursuits (eye tracking ability)
    2. saccadics (shifting gaze quickly from one point to the other)
    3. accommodative inability (focusing)
    4. binocular vision (eye alignment, eye teaming)
  • Visual field loss

These visual problems can be successfully decreased or eliminated with various treatments, such as:

  • Vision Therapy
  • Neuro-optometric Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Corrective lenses, such as prism lenses
  • Phototherapy programs (Syntonic Optometry, Light Therapy)

Eye muscle surgery (strabismus surgery) is a very questionable treatment option for visual consequences of brain injury, because -- unlike rehabilitative therapy, eye muscle surgery does not treat the problems occurring in the patient's brain.

To learn more, read the following articles:

Traumatic Brain Injury & Hidden Visual Problems

Brain Injury Success Stories

Conditions Treated by Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation

Frequently Asked Questions: Eye Muscle Surgery

Loss of Visual Field Due to Brain Injury

Visual Problems Associated with Neurological Events

What is Vision Therapy?

Visual training teaches the brain to see again after stroke

To locate an eye doctor who specializes in treating the visual consequences of brain injuries, go to Find a Doctor.

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To learn more, read the following articles:

Traumatic Brain Injury & Hidden Visual Problems

Brain Injury Success Stories

Conditions Treated by Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation

Frequently Asked Questions: Eye Muscle Surgery

Loss of Visual Field Due to Brain Injury

Visual Problems Associated with Neurological Events

What is Vision Therapy?

Visual training teaches the brain to see again after stroke


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