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Traumatic Brain Injury

Research suggests that about 80% of learning comes from vision. When measuring a person’s sight, it is more than just visual acuity. Vision is a process of taking information from the eyes, and having the brain develop a meaning from what is seen. This process is learned, and derived through many different skills.

Research shows that nearly 1.5 million people per year suffer a “major” Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

As many as 50% of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) patients suffer from visual disorders. According to William Padula, O.D., many individuals that recover from a TBI will have binocular function difficulties in the form of strabismus (crossed eyes), phorias, oculomotor dysfunction, and/or convergence and accommodative abnormalities.

Commonly, TBI patients suffer from intermittent blur, dizziness, and problems with visual spatial awareness. Symptoms of Visual Problems related to Traumatic Brain Injuries: Visual Balance Problems, Blurry or Unstable Vision, Double Vision, Trouble Reading or Viewing your Computer, Lack of Depth Perception, Sensitivity to Light, Dizziness While Driving, or Visual Field Loss.

Vision problems after a concussion can affect a person’s daily life including work, school, sports, and socializing. Most post-concussion vision problems can be treated effectively with therapy. Without treatment, persistent visual problems may limit the success in recovering from a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Treatments range from eyeglasses for near work such as reading or computer use, to specially tinted lenses to reduce light sensitivity. Vision therapy to treat vision disorders resulting from these injuries are eye exercises designed to assist in minimizing the visual symptoms and to assist in returning back to normal daily life. These therapeutic techniques help reduce residual symptoms like nausea, dizziness, inability to focus, difficulty converging on near targets, headaches, etc.