Silicon Valley Eye Physicians

How Can Vision Rehabilitation Help Those with Vision Loss?

A group of young basketball players with their coach.Vision problems that occur after a brain injury can range from being very subtle to dramatic. The more subtle vision disorders can often be the most irritating because they require very specialized testing to detect, so the patient can often feel like no one believes that they have a problem. The doctors at Silicon Valley Eye Physicians in Sunnyvale , have a unique vision rehabilitation program to help victims of vision loss regain normal visual function.

Double vision is a common occurrence after stroke or head injury. It is vital to the rehabilitation process that double vision is treated as soon as possible; otherwise the overall rehabilitation will be significantly delayed. Double vision can cause problems with:

  • Handwriting
  • Anxiety with visual tasks
  • Reach and grab inaccuracies
  • Balance and movement difficulties like drifting when walking, stumbling or falling
  • Driving difficulties with lane positioning, proper speed maintenance, multitasking, navigation

People who suffer from Acquired Brain Injury (ABI), Neuro-Developmental or Neuro-Degenerative Disorders commonly have various Functional Vision Problems leading to decreased performance of Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). Sometimes when one suffers a head injury their sense of where the middle of their body is can change. This can cause vision loss issues including:

  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Consistently stays to one side of hallway or room
  • Bumps into objects when walking
  • Poor walking or posture: leans back on heels, forward, or to one side when walking, standing or seated in a chair
  • Perception of the floor being tilted
  • Associated neuromotor difficulties with balance, coordination and posture

Vision problems associated with brain injuries can be disabling and increase dependency as well as risk of secondary injury unless treated.

Treatment can involve special therapeutic lenses (worn similar to glasses) or may involve a more in-depth program. Neuro-optometric rehabilitative therapy is a non-invasive process for the rehabilitation of visual, perceptual, and motor disorders. Working one on one with our vision therapist, you learn how to regain control of your vision.

Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation is a sub-specialty of optometry that focuses on the variety of visual disorders that occur as a result of brain injuries, developmental delay or other neurological disorders.

Our eyes are a part of the brain. When some-one suffers any type of injury to the brain, whether it is a stroke, car accident, or developmental delay, their vision will be adversely affected.

A Neuro-Optometric Evaluation involves in-depth testing which evaluates how well your vision functions and to what degree it is interfering with the overall performance of activities of daily living such as reading, balance and movement, tying shoes, pouring liquids, etc.

The Neuro-Optometric Evaluation is unique because, in addition to a traditional eye exam, basic binocular visual skills, and eye health, it places the patient into performance testing to determine how the visual process is interacting with other sensory feedback mechanisms. In addition, visual information processing skills are evaluated as they relate to vocational and avocational tasks.

Signs of Post Trauma Vision Problems

  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Attention or concentration difficulties
  • Staring behavior (low blink rate)
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Losing place when reading
  • Can’t find beginning of next line when reading
  • Comprehension problems when reading
  • Visual memory problems
  • Pulls away from objects when they are brought close to them
  • An eye turn
  • Difficulty shifting focus from near to far
  • Words move or blur when reading
  • Unstable peripheral vision
  • Associated neuro-motor difficulties with balance, coordination and posture
  • Perceived movement of stationary objects
  • Consistently stays to one side of hallway or room
  • Poor walking or posture: leans back on heels, forward, or to one side when walking, standing or seated in a chair
  • Perception of the floor being tilted
  • Visual perceptual or visual processing problems
  • Visual Field Neglect or Loss
  • Visual motor integration disorders

If you have even one of the above symptoms, this is a sign that you may have a vision disorder. Please call our office to schedule a neuro-optometric rehabilitation evaluation.

Silicon Valley Eye Physicians

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Silicon Valley Eye Physicians is a leading vision care provider that has been serving the community for over 60 years. Our doctors are members of prestigious organizations, including: 

  •  The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • The Cornea Society
  • The California Optometric Association

We are happy to conduct examinations and make diagnoses over the phone using our telemedicine service. To schedule in-person exams for your entire family, call our Sunnyvale office at (408) 739-6200 or request an appointment online.

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