Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, and Concussions
Neuro-optometrists commonly treat traumatic brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury, and stroke.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Because more areas of the brain are used to process vision than any other system, traumatic brain injuries often result in vision problems. In fact, studies show that 90% of TBI patients experience some form of vision disruption, which is caused by interrupted communication between the eyes and the brain.
Mild Brain Injury (MTBI) - Concussions
Though considered mild, a concussion is still a brain injury that can cause ongoing debilitating symptoms and alter the normal function of one’s brain.
The most affected demographic are children and teens, and of those, more than 60% experience visual symptoms. Older people are also prone to concussions. If you or a family member has sustained a concussion or even whiplash — such as from a violent blow to the head — we strongly urge you to get your eyes examined as soon as possible.
A stroke (also called a cerebrovascular accident, or CVA) occurs when there's a sudden interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain, or a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding brain cells. The ocular changes associated with stroke can be categorized as sensory (visual acuity and visual field), motor (extraocular muscle motility) and perceptual.
The Intersection of Neurology and Optometry
Neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy is a customized treatment program for patients whose stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, neurological condition or disease has resulted in visual deficits. It applies the latest methods and treatments of neuro-plasticity and vision function to help patients develop or regain the essential visual skills necessary for learning and optimal daily function.
An undiagnosed vision condition, or one resulting from a traumatic brain injury or neurological disease, can result in the following problems:
- Blurred vision
- Eye-teaming and eye-tracking problems
- Visual field loss
- Extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Eye focusing problems
As part of an interdisciplinary approach, neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy targets the underlying cause of the symptoms listed above.
If you or a loved one is suffering from neurological disease, trauma or conditions, visit Dr. Todd Wylie for a comprehensive eye exam and neuro-optometric solutions.
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Call us or request to book a functional vision assessment at Advanced Eyecare & Therapies today. We look forward to helping you or your family member achieve full visual function, which can lead to increased success, confidence and a higher quality of life.
What Others Are Saying About Us
I first met Dr. Wylie and Chris during my high school, when we worked on my eye correction using games/exercises. Meeting with Chris, my vision therapist was more like hanging out with a friend rather than work, and that definitely made it more fun. I still remember every Tuesday I would get so hyped to go see her and my mom was forced to hear my excitement for the 20 minute car ride!
Dr. Wylie and Chris were truly an amazing team and I am so happy that our paths crossed in each other’s lives. With their help and my hard work they have made me a better reader, as well as making my future as a teacher more enjoyable. I will be able to help students make sure they get the correct help if I see the same similarities as what I experienced. To me reading is fun again, it does not feel like a chore.
Thanks again Chris.
Learn More About Neuro Optometry | FAQ
Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy is very effective in resolving a range of vision problems resulting from brain injuries and neurological disorders.
The highly trained Spokane-based Dr. Wylie will diagnose issues with eye-teaming, focusing, and visual tracking, and prescribe the most effective neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy program so that you can live your best life!
Do Visual Problems Manifest Right After a Brain Injury?
Visual aberrations following a brain injury tend to be overlooked during the initial treatment, since the patient may have serious and life-threatening issues that require urgent medical attention. Furthermore, symptoms may not even present themselves until some time has passed following the injury. The earlier you see a Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist, the better.
Note that early diagnosis leads to more efficient treatment.
Who Can Benefit From Neuro-Optometry?
Neuro-optometry helps those with:
- Head and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Cerebral vascular accidents (CVA)
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Diabetic neuropathy
How Long Is the Vision Rehabilitation Process?
Certain rehabilitation programs may last weeks or months, whereas others may last years — it all depends on the severity of the injury and the resulting visual impact.