Neuro-optometrists commonly treat traumatic brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury, and stroke.
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.
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:
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 Dr. Sean Stevens for a comprehensive eye exam and neuro-optometric solutions.
Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy is very effective in resolving a range of vision problems resulting from brain injuries and neurological disorders.
The highly trained Simpsonville-based our 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!
Visual aberrations 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.
Neuro-optometry helps those with:
Head and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Cerebral vascular accidents (CVA)
Cerebral palsy (CP)
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.
The feeling of motion sickness can sometimes be caused by a problem in visual functioning. Read on to learn how issues within your visual system can trigger motion sickness, and how we can offer long-lasting relief with neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy.
Do you feel off-balance? It could be your eyes. To maintain balance, our eyes and brain need to communicate properly. Learn more about the connection between balance and vision and discover how neuro-optometric rehabilitation can help.
If you or a loved one suffers from dizziness, you may have a vestibular disorder. Read on to learn about this condition and discover how a neuro-optometrist can help.
About half of the brain’s activity and neurons are dedicated to your eyes and vision, making your eyes and vision vulnerable from a traumatic brain injury like a concussion. Neuro-optometric vision rehabilitation can help alleviate the symptoms of Post Trauma Vision Syndrome.
Kaleidoscope vision is usually a side effect of a migraine. Read on to learn why visual dysfunction can trigger migraines and how a neuro-optometrist can help.
Light sensitivity, or photophobia, can be caused by several eye conditions, including visual dysfunction. Speak with your neuro-optometrist if you suspect you have photophobia.
BVD can adversely affect your personal and professional life. Learn about stats and how eye exams can identify the condition.
Binocular visual dysfunction results from a miscommunication between the brain and the eyes. This causes the eyes to misalign and see two images of a single object. The brain and eyes struggle to reconcile this discrepancy, leading to headaches, dizziness, and other uncomfortable symptoms. We provide vision therapy and prism lenses to get your eyes working in tandem again.
Traumatic brain injury can result in visual, perceptual, and motor problems, which may adversely affect academic, occupational, and even athletic success. Neuro-optometry is an important component in the overall recovery and rehabilitation process and assists individuals in getting back to doing the things they love
Diplopia, more commonly known as “double vision,” is an eye condition that can negatively affect the way people live their lives. Depending on the cause of your double vision, a neuro-optometrist can often diagnose and provide a specialized form of vision therapy to treat the condition
If you think you may have vestibular dysfunction, know that symptoms can be treated and you can regain your quality of life.
What’s the link between anxiety and the visual system? Read on to find out!
Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change and adapt in response to new experiences, and is the basis for neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy. Read on to learn more about neuroplasticity, and how we use it to treat patients with visual dysfunction.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in headaches, confusion, dizziness, convulsions, poor concentration, and vision problems. These aberrations may affect professional, educational and other aspects of daily living. Fortunately, neuro-optometric rehabilitation can help.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) frequently disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. This can cause vision aberrations, such as blurred or double vision. If you're experiencing visual dysfunction due to a neurological insult or injury, a Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist can help.
Some people experience dizziness or balance issues following a mild concussion or another traumatic brain injury. If the symptoms are rooted in a visual defect, a neuro-optometrist can help.
Problems with vision, especially binocular disorder, can lead to infrequent headaches or even migraines. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy can help treat post-TBI or stroke patients with binocular disorder to improve vision and provide long-term headache relief.
Neuro-optometric rehabilitation is an effective treatment for people experiencing visual problems caused by brain trauma and various neurological conditions. This text aims to answer many of the questions you may have about this treatment.