A traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, or acquired brain injury can cause vision issues depending on the location and severity. 65% of the sensory information to the brain is visual, so it is important to make sure the visual system hasn’t been affected by the head trauma.
If you or someone you know has a TBI, it is important to visit a neuro-optometrist who can check for vision difficulties and put together an individual visual rehabilitation plan.
Below are common visual symptoms of a brain injury:
- Double Vision
- Aching Eyes
- Blurred Vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Reading trouble
- Difficulties with reading, comprehension, attention, concentration and memory
- Headaches with visual tasks
- Trouble focusing or maintaining visual contact
- Visual field loss
- Eye movement control difficulties
- Eye teaming difficulties
Receiving treatment such as lenses, prisms, filters, occlusion or neuro-visual therapy can significantly improve the progress of rehabilitation. Since the visual system affects the input and output of information to the brain and motor systems, fixing the visual problems can often speed up the recovery process in other parts of the body affected by the brain injury.