Vision Therapy after Brain Injury

What is Vision Therapy?

What is vision therapy?

Vision therapy is an individualized program of “procedures” or “exercises” for the eyes, specifically to support the connection of the eyes to the brain. 

What does vision therapy do? 

  • Help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities
  • Improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency
  • Change how a patient processes or interprets visual information
  • Improve deficits with balance and mobility

Causes & Symptoms

Can a brain injury cause vision issues?

Many of the diagnoses below can be accompanied by vision impairments:

  • Mild-severe Traumatic Brain Injury (including concussion)
  • Stroke 
  • Tumor resections 
  • Brain infections or inflammation
  • Anoxia
  • Anything to cause a disruption to the normal brain function, resulting in the following symptoms 

Common vision problems and symptoms following a brain injury:

  • Headache
  • Photosensitivity
  • Dizziness
  • Diplopia
  • Blurry vision
  • Closing of one eye
  • Eyes feeling tired
  • Uses their finger as a line guide when reading
  • Difficulty with reading 
  • Unable to read for sustained periods of time
  • Omitting words
  • Poor comprehension 
  • Moving head excessively when reading

When to Seek Vision Therapy

What do vision therapists do?

After completing a thorough assessment of the eye functions, and in collaboration with a Neuro Optometrist, vision therapists work to restore the skills required for the eyes to perform necessary movements and teaming abilities, in order to comfortably and safely engage in everyday life. Vision therapy can assist with successful return to work, school, safe mobility, driving, and community engagement. 

How to identify if you need vision therapy

  • If you suspect a visual dysfunction, start here with this questionnaire.
    • A score of 31 or more suggests visual dysfunction and would benefit from a Neuro Optometry Evaluation
  • If visual dysfunction is identified, seek a script for occupational therapy services for vision therapy, and evaluation from a Neuro Optometrist..