Do You Know How Traumatic Brain Injury Can Affect Your Vision?

A traumatic brain injury is caused by some type of trauma to the brain, be it an accident or a medical episode, such as a stroke. There is a close link between these types of injuries and vision issues. When going through rehabilitation after a traumatic brain injury, the effects on your vision must not be overlooked.

 

Do You Know How Traumatic Brain Injury Can Affect Your Vision? in Bellflower

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While the link between traumatic brain injury and vision problems is, unfortunately, overlooked too often, such injuries can lead to several noticeable vision problems. These problems are caused by the injury disrupting the communication between the eyes and brain.

In fact, more than 90% of the 2.8 million Americans who suffer a traumatic brain injury every year will experience some form of visual dysfunction, though at times those problems won’t manifest immediately after the injury, making them harder to spot.

 

How are Vision Problems Diagnosed Following a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Vision problems following a traumatic brain injury can be diagnosed by your optometrist or ophthalmologist, following a comprehensive eye exam. If one of your other healthcare providers notices an issue, they may refer you for the exam and treatment.

How are Vision Problems Diagnosed Following a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Vision Problems Following a Traumatic Brain Injury

Vision Problems Following a Traumatic Brain Injury

Someone with a vision problem stemming from a traumatic brain injury may not be aware that they are indeed suffering from a problem caused by their injury. However, there are several signs to watch for that can indicate a problem.

Blurred Vision: This can be constant or intermittent blurriness, and can extend to having difficulty focusing on objects. 

Double Vision: This is caused by a deficiency in eye teaming, their ability to work together. Double vision can range in severity.

Decreased Peripheral Vision: An issue also termed visual field loss, this can entail either a partial or complete loss of peripheral vision. Someone suffering from this problem may find themself bumping into objects, being struck by things they couldn’t see, or falling often

Difficulty Focusing the Eyes or Controlling Eye Movement: Brain injury can impact the ability to properly control eye movement and focusing. This can lead to a number of problems, from fatigue to eye strain to increased difficulty performing tasks which require precise eye movement.

 

Vision Problems Following a Traumatic Brain Injury

Loss of Vision in One or Both Eyes: Vision loss due to brain injury can be partial or complete, and may or may not be reversible.

Eye Strain: If there is a mechanical problem with eye function due to injury, the patient may experience eye strain which can cause headaches and make it harder to focus on tasks.

Sensitivity to Light: Also known as photophobia, this condition renders one extra sensitive to light. In particular, the condition can be at its worst when looking at light sources such as fluorescent lights, bright sunlight, and LCD screens.

Difficulty Focusing on Tasks: If the eyes aren’t functioning properly, it can become difficult for the patient to remain focused on tasks for extended periods of time.

Motion Sensitivity: The damage to the eyes and brain can impact how the body processes motion. This can lead to issues like vertigo or feeling of discomfort while doing things like scrolling on a digital device, traveling, or performing activities in busy environments.

Visual Memory Loss: Visual memory loss is when the patient loses some of their ability to remember visual information which is stored in either the long or short-term visual memory. This can lead to decreased reading comprehension, and difficulty recalling words, numbers, where an object was left, or other previously viewed data. 

Headaches or Eye Pain: This can come in the form of a range of headaches or a stabbing pain around the eyes. Often accompanied by redness, itching, or burning of the eyes.

What Can Be Done to Help?

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation has been shown to be very effective in helping patients recover from vision problems caused by traumatic brain injuries. Optometrists who specialize in this field are trained to properly diagnose, treat, and oversee rehabilitation from neurological conditions which affect the visual system. 

Following an evaluation to determine the precise nature of your issues, the optometrist will formulate a personalized treatment program designed to alleviate the problems and help restore your quality of life to what it was prior to the injury. The treatments help retrain your visual system to overcome the problems caused by the injury.

How are Vision Problems Diagnosed Following a Traumatic Brain Injury?
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Summary

Vision issues are a common occurrence following a traumatic brain injury, coming in numerous forms, and these issues can have a major impact on daily life. If you are experiencing a vision issue following a traumatic brain injury, contact us to schedule an evaluation.

 

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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.


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