Neuro-Optometric Rehab

Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Vision Therapy in Osprey, FL

After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), nerve damage can cause serious visual effects for many people. Luckily, the brain can recover to a certain degree and begin processing visual information as necessary. Traumatic brain injury treatment methods vary, but vision therapy is a crucial component for people who have certain vision problems after a TBI. At Family Eye Care & Vision Therapy, our optometrist Dr. Michael Orwasky, provides vision therapy services for Osprey, Venice, Sarasota, and surrounding areas.

close up up a man's eye and an eye exam chart after vision therapy

What Happens to Vision After a TBI?

After a concussion or other type of TBI, the nerves involved in processing vision can be temporarily or permanently damaged. This may manifest in the visual systems in any number of ways:

    • Double vision
    • Blurred vision
    • Trouble following movement
    • Perception of movement where there is none
    • Sensitivity to light
    • Eye alignment

However, while functional vision is affected, visual acuity may not be. Sometimes, people who are having considerable difficulty performing certain functional vision tasks such as tracking movement can pass a visual acuity test with no trouble. For this reason, brain injury recovery that involves vision symptoms can often be lacking if an optometrist who does not specialize in neuro-optometric rehab performs a basic eye exam without testing for functional vision problems.

Another issue that may be associated with a traumatic brain injury is balance difficulties. In some cases, this can develop if the part of the vision system that provides input to orient you in space is affected. This is even more likely to be missed as a possible visual symptom, and it may be difficult to treat if the underlying cause is not understood. People orient in space more with their peripheral vision than their central vision, but peripheral vision testing during a basic eye exam is usually cursory and may not catch these issues.

Types of Brain Injury Recovery Programs

There are a variety of brain injury recovery methods that are used in vision therapy. Prisms and various lenses that help people become more aware of how their vision in functioning and how to compensate are the main methods in most cases. However, neuro-optometric rehab is specifically defined as creating an individualized treatment plan for people with brain injuries and vision problems, so the plan that is ultimately used will be tailored to your needs.

Family Eye Care & Vision Therapy Can Help

If you or a loved one are suffering from vision problems after a concussion or other TBI, vision therapy may be able to help. To learn if you are a good candidate for this type of vision therapy, make an appointment with our vision specialist in Osprey, Dr. Michael Orwasky, today. We can be reached at (941) 966-6700.


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