Vision Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury
Acquired or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a term used to group conditions caused by a disruption in normal brain function due to blunt, penetrating or acceleration trauma, whiplash, cerebral vascular accidents, suffocation/hypoxia and pharmacological toxicity. Basically, it is an insult to the brain, such as a hit to the head, stroke or neurological dysfunction and can otherwise be classified as Post-Concussion Syndrome or cervical-trauma syndrome.
In nearly all head injuries some aspect of the visual process will be affected. Vision is extremely pervasive in our thought and in the sensory input that the brain receives from the outside world (70% of all input to the brain from all sources is from the optic nerves and therefore enters through the eyes!) that almost any brain injury will affect our visual abilities.
- Sensitivity to Light
- Motion Sickness
- Headache or Eyestrain
- Vision Changes such as Blurry, Double "Shimmering Vision" or Visual Field Loss
- Tracking Difficulties
- Memory Difficulties
- Decreased Visual Processing Speed
- Attention and Concentration Difficulty
- Inability to Multitask
Our Vision Therapy program consisits of an individualized treatment plan designed to retrain the brain's ability to control the following:
- Eye Movements
- Eye Teaming
- Eye Focusing
- Visual Processing
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Peripheral Vision
- Visual Stamina
- Reaction Time
The visual system is stimulated through the use of manipulatives, specialized computer programs, balance devices and optical equipment including therapeutic lenses, prisms, patches and filters.