Vision Therapy For Traumatic Brain Injury
Serving Vaughan, North York, Mississauga, Brampton
What can be done?
The person who has difficulties with their eyes after a traumatic accident, should be seen by an optometrist who has specific training and experience with eye and vision problems related to brain injury. The evaluation will include:
Complete vision examination including health assessment
- Focussing evaluation
- Eye muscle evaluation
- Binocular vision assessment
- Evaluation of double or single vision
- Evaluation of depth perception
- Visual field examination
- Visual perception
- Visual impact on balance, posture and head tilt
What does therapy look like?
- Glasses for distance or reading
- Use of prism, tints or partial field occlusion
- Vision therapy to improve focussing and eye movement ability
- Tints for photophobia
- Colour for relaxation or stimulation of systems
Visual Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury
- Loss of visual clarity
- Light sensitivity
- Focussing problems
- Double vision
- Loss of visual field
- Difficulties in visual perception
- Problems reading
- Problems using the computer
- Hand eye coordination problems
- Balance problems
- Avoiding crowds
- Avoiding visually busy environments like grocery stores or malls
How does head injury affect my eyes?
Eye sight measured by reading the small letters on an eye chart. After a concussion you may be told that you have 20/20 vision. But vision is more than seeing those small letters. Vision happens in the brain, not in the eyes.
Information from the eyes, travels through about 70% of the brain including the frontal cortex, the midbrain, the occipital cortex and more.
There connections with other sensory inputs like touch, hearing and balance are made. Information travels back and forth through these connections.
When the communication within the brain is affected by concussion, the components of vision that combine central and peripheral inputs with other senses can have difficulty and symptoms will result.
Where can I find more information?
Our Website www.boltonoptometry.ca
NORA Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association www.noravisionrehab.com
Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation COVT&R www.visiontherapycanada.com
Optometric Extension Program Foundation www.oepf.org
College of Vision Development www.COVD.org
Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists ACBO www.acbo.org.au
Traumatic Brain Injury