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.
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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