Vision Therapy for Concussion Recovery: Enhance Healing and Visual Function

Published on
May 2, 2023

It is estimated that up to 90% of patients who experience a concussion may encounter some form of vision-related symptoms or problems. Concussions are a common type of brain injury that can cause a range of symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision. While rest and avoiding physical activity are often recommended for concussion recovery, vision therapy can also be a valuable tool in the healing process. In this blog, we’ll explore what vision therapy is and how it can help those recovering from concussions.

How Can Vision Therapy Help with Concussion Recovery?

Following a concussion, the visual system can be disrupted, leading to symptoms such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light, and difficulty with reading and other visual tasks. Vision therapy can help address these issues by retraining the visual system to work more effectively.

Vision therapy for concussion recovery typically involves exercises and activities that focus on:

Eye tracking: the ability to follow a moving object smoothly and accurately

Eye teaming: the capacity of both eyes to work together effectively

Depth perception: the ability to perceive the relative distance between objects

Visual memory: the ability to remember visual information

Visual processing speed: the capacity to quickly and accurately process visual information

Through these exercises, vision therapy can help reduce symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and visual discomfort while improving overall visual function.

The Benefits of Vision Therapy for Concussion Recovery

In addition to enhancing visual function, vision therapy can also offer a range of other benefits for those recovering from concussions. These include:

Faster recovery: by improving visual function, vision therapy can help speed up overall concussion recovery time.

Improved cognitive function: the visual system is closely connected to other cognitive processes, such as attention and memory. By enhancing visual function, vision therapy can also help improve these processes, leading to overall better cognitive function.

Reduced risk of reinjury: if the visual system is not functioning properly, it can increase the risk of falls and other accidents, which can lead to reinjury. Vision therapy can help reduce this risk by improving overall visual function.

Improved quality of life: by reducing symptoms such as headaches and visual discomfort, vision therapy can enhance overall quality of life for those recovering from concussions.

Vision Therapy as a Complementary Treatment for Concussion Related Vision Problems

It’s important to note that vision therapy should not be used as the sole treatment for concussions. Our neuro optometrist will work in tandem with your entire care team to ensure that your treatment is as effective as possible.  

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is a specialty within optometry whereby the eye doctor, sometimes referred to as functional optometrist or behavioral optometrists, assess vision more comprehensively by looking at more than just the health of the eye, but the entire visual system. Vision therapy is a type of therapy that involves exercises and activities designed to improve the function of the visual system. The visual system includes the eyes, brain, and the connections between them, and is responsible for processing visual information. Vision therapy is often used to treat a range of visual problems, such as lazy eye, double vision, convergence, binocular vision problems and difficulty tracking objects. 

Vision therapy is normally done for a number of months once per week in the office under the supervision of a vision therapist as well as home activities done daily. Vision therapy is customized to each patient and their visual needs and progress during therapy. 

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Schedule a Functional Vision Exam for Concussion Treatment

If you or someone you know is recovering from a concussion and experiencing visual symptoms, consider visiting our eye doctor to see if vision therapy could be a useful tool in the recovery process. Don’t let visual symptoms slow down your recovery – take action today to get back to your best self. Call us at (562) 925-6591 to schedule a functional vision exam.

Patients with functional vision issues visit our clinic from all over California, and we are proud to be a leading provider of functional vision services for patients from Bellflower, Long Beach, Lakewood, and Los Angeles.

Recovering from a concussion can be a challenging and lengthy process, but incorporating vision therapy into your treatment plan can play a vital role in improving your visual function and overall quality of life. By addressing the root causes of visual problems that may arise post-concussion, vision therapy helps enhance your recovery and reduce the risk of reinjury. Schedule a functional vision exam with our eye doctor today to determine if vision therapy is the right choice for you or your loved one during the concussion recovery process.



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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