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Brain Injury Treatment

Your Edmonton & Sherwood Park optometrist can help improve visual skills after a stroke, head trauma, or concussion

To see clearly, your visual system relies upon a dynamic interaction between your eyes and your brain. In fact, at least 70% of all sensory cues to the brain are related to vision. Your eyes accumulate and convey information to your brain, where it is processed and interpreted into thoughts and actions.

So what happens when a person suffers a brain injury? Often, when there is trauma to the head, including stroke or a concussion, the person experiences vision disturbances that affect their quality of life. Fortunately, there is treatment. Our Edmonton optometrist will perform a thorough eye exam to assess visual function, and these results can be used to help design a personalized vision therapy program.

Symptoms of visual disturbances caused by brain injury

The vision-related symptoms of brain injury vary from person to person, depending mainly upon the type of injury sustained – such as trauma to the head, stroke, or concussion. The most typical visual symptoms include:

  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye turns
  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye fatigue, and sore or irritated eyes during computer use or reading on a digital screen
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Weak reading comprehension
  • Loss of place when reading
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Poor coordination

Vision therapy can help restore vision function

Vision therapy, also called neuro-optometric rehabilitation when used as a treatment for brain injury, offers a natural treatment for the effects of brain injury. A vision therapist can recommend exercises to teach the injured brain how to compensate for visual problems. The goal of these exercises is to eliminate vision-related symptoms and enhance quality of life. Vision therapy in our Edmonton eye doctor’s office is customized to enable people who had a brain injury to regain some or most of their functional vision.

Research confirms vision therapy is effective for brain injury

Concussion rates have been rising continuously in recent years, primarily due to sports-related injuries from contact sports, skateboarding, and boxing. In response, medical research has been focusing on the link between brain injury and vision problems, and on the effectiveness of treating these patients with vision therapy.

Many studies have confirmed that working with a vision therapist can improve several functional vision problems that concussions can cause. In specific, eye focusing, eye teaming, and eye mobility/tracking can all be improved. In sum, specialized vision therapy exercises work to retrain the brain and visual system to work together properly and efficiently.

Visit your Edmonton or Sherwood Park eye doctor for vision therapy treatment

Improving your vision is our mission! If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to a stroke, concussion, or other head trauma, our Edmonton optometrist can help restore visual function and enhance quality of life by providing vision therapy as treatment.

North Edmonton: 587-410-5747| Downtown Edmonton: 587-414-6127 | Sherwood Park: 587-414-6133