Causes and diagnosis of post traumatic vision syndrome

Published on
November 11, 2022

Post traumatic vision syndrome (PTVS) occurs when areas of the brain involved in visual function are damaged, most often as a result of a traumatic brain injury such as a stroke or concussion. Around 70% of our brains are dedicated to vision and vision processing, so it isn't surprising that traumatic brain injuries can affect the visual system.

What are the symptoms of post traumatic vision syndrome?

Symptoms of post-traumatic vision syndrome include:

  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty with reading and tracking
  • Poor visual spatial orientation skills
  • Light sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Balance problems

Is post traumatic vision syndrome caused solely by traumatic brain injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries are typically caused by car accidents, falls and strokes. Those with cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis frequently suffer from difficulties related to the visual system as well. So it doesn't need to be a traumatic brain injury, but any neurological event can certainly negatively affect the patient's vision system, causing more confusion and preventing them from becoming independent. Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation aims to improve quality of life and restore some degree of independence and function for patients.

How is post traumatic vision syndrome diagnosed?

In order to diagnose someone with a vision problem caused by a traumatic brain injury, a neuro optometrist, or an eye doctor that specializes in functional vision following a traumatic brain injury, examines not just your eyeball but also how you stand, how you move in space, how you direct your movements, and your posture. All of these factors are crucial in identifying a vision problem.

It's important to look at the whole person and not just the eyes, since the eyes are actually corridors of information that transmits information to the brain. When there's a disruption at the level of the brain, patients experience quite a bit of confusion. Such patients do not completely stop doing the activities that they're usually accustomed to doing at home, but do so less, which affects their emotional well-being. 

In such situations, eye doctors respond quickly to patients' concerns and reassure them. Empathy is crucial to understanding what these patients are going through.

Who should you see after a traumatic brain injury?

People who experience vision problems after a traumatic brain injury should consult a neuro optometrist who is experienced in treating such problems. Following an evaluation of your condition, our neuro-optometrist will develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This treatment, also called neuro optometric rehabilitation may include vision therapy exercises, prism lenses, light therapy and vision aids. Every person's recovery time and treatment will be different. Our goal at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach is to make sure traumatic brain injury patients are constantly improving and regaining independence.

Schedule a neuro-optometric exam

When you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, you need someone you can rely on to help you regain your independence. A team of highly qualified and compassionate neuro optometrists and therapists at [MBV name="practice-name"] will perform a thorough neuro optometric assessment to determine the specific treatment for your symptoms. Patients who have experienced a traumatic brain injury visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of low vision services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles. If you would like to schedule the exam, please call (562) 925-6591.


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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