September is Traumatic Brain Injury Month


Dr. Ashley

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Your Vision

Vision is more than simply what the eyes see. It is a complex function of the brain that affects perception, cognition and learning. If the brain is injured, vision can be affected in multiple ways.

A concussion is a common traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the CDC, as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur each year in the U.S. Vision problems following a concussion or other TBI can range from mild to severe. Any of the following symptoms may indicate a post-traumatic vision problem:

  • Eye strain
  • Visual fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Movement of print or stationary objects
  • Covering or closing one eye
  • Loss of visual field
  • Double vision (diplopia)
  • Decreased attention span
  • Print seems to move or go in and out of focus while reading
  • Letters or lines run together or jump on the page while reading
  • Loss of place while reading
  • Skipping lines or words while reading
  • Difficult remembering what has been read
  • Poor eye-hand coordination
  • Difficulty tracking moving objects
  • Pulling or tugging sensation around eyes
  • Blinking or eye rubbing
  • Dry eyes
  • Red/watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity

Patients who experience any of these symptoms may benefit from neuro-optometric rehabilitation. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation is an individualized, supervised treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual deficiencies. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control:

  • Eye alignment
  • Eye teaming
  • Eye focusing abilities
  • Eye movements
  • Visual processing

To learn more about the neuro-optometric rehabilitation services that we offer, please visit


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