Treatment after a brain injury often requires care from multiple medical specialists.  For Kansas City brain injury patients dealing with vision issues following a brain injury,a neuro-optometrist is the specialist to see.  Neuro-optometrists treat vision problems which begin with the brain itself, not just the eyes. 

Vision therapy for brain injury patients involves a variety of measures designed to change the brain's processing of visual information.  Unlike traditional eye doctors who treat common eye problems and diseases, neuro-optometrists utilize eye exercises and visual devices that will be closely targeted to the patient's individual condition.  The vision therapy program will be monitored closely by the therapist.  Certain eye exercises can be performed at home, while other therapies require sessions with a therapist. 

Eye patches, therapeutic and prescription lenses, as well as prisms, optical targets and vestibular equipment are all possible weapons in the neuro-optometrist's arsenal.  Additionally, therapy can include computer programs and working with targets fitted with timers. It is important to understand that the brain continues to develop after adulthood.  New stimulation can form new neural pathways.  Vision therapy can help the brain repair damaged connections.  Left alone, the brain will compensate for the injury; however, with vision therapy the brain's repairs will be specifically targeted to maximize the healing process. 

The addition of vision therapy to a recovery regime can help brain injury patients return to normal function and increase quality of life.  Specifically, vision therapy will help improve reading and visual acuity, as well as memory and concentration issues.  Walking, coordination, and balance problems affected by the brain injury can be helped with vision therapy. 

Brain injury patients undergoing other forms of therapy, such as occupational or physical therapy, and are not seeing satisfactory progress should consider vision therapy.  Patients who are struggling with concentration, memory, and reading problems may not tie them to eye issues.  This is where a visit with a neuro-optometrist may prove beneficial.  Misdiagnosis often labels these problems as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which can lead to the use of strong and unnecessary medications. 

Dealing with the many effects of a traumatic brain injury requires patience and long term efforts in order to restore the patient's quality of life.  

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.