Acquired Brain Injury
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is caused by a trauma to the brain. The root cause may come from a stroke, neurological dysfunction or hit on the head. A common cause of an ABI in children and young adults is sports as they may fall, get hit, or get a concussion as a result of impact. An acquired brain injury does not discriminate and knows no age. As a result, a person may experience a decline or maladaptation to their state of consciousness. This in turn can cause a deterioration in sensory processing, cognitive ability and physical function. Regardless of the severity of the trauma, dramatic changes may occur to the individual's visual system.
The connection between vision and the brain is remarkably significant. Vision is the backbone of sensory information processing. When there is a disruption in the brain, there is a disruption in the way visual information is received and reacted upon. This results in disruptions in efficiency concerning information processing. A patient with an ABI may demonstrate disturbances in behavioral and emotional function, physiological maladjustment, and partial/total functional disability. Following an ABI, the visual system is not the way it what was. Something as simple as having the patient use their previously worn glasses can exaggerate visual issues.
You need good visual skills to work efficiently and with purpose! Sometimes, you simply need to retrain these skills!
What are symptoms following an Acquired Brain Injury?
- Double vision
- Blurry distance/near vision
- Light sensitivity
- Reading difficulties; lack in comprehension, frequently losing your place, words seem to move
- Eye pain, specifically when reading
- Dizziness & issues with balance
- Lack of attention and concentration
- Visual memory issues
- Loss of peripheral vision
What does Vision Therapy do for patients with an Acquired Brain Injury?
Through vision therapy and a pertinent treatment plan, our patients gain the skills necessary to enhance their visual system and improve upon their visual efficiency. Following the initial evaluation, our doctor will determine if the patient requires the use of corrective lenses, prism glasses, and relevant activities to improve their activities of daily living.