Neuro-optometric Rehabilitation is a therapy which utilizes different therapeutic prisms, lenses, filters and occlusion to help stimulate parts of the brain which are not functioning to their highest potential due to interruptions caused by a brain injury.
Approximately 65-85% of all information processed by the brain comes through the visual system. By using different therapeutic lenses and prisms, all of our Optometrists can help to guide healing and changes in the brain. A prism is a special lens that can alter the path of light (energy) and change our visual and functional world to increase information processing in the brain. In many cases, neuro-optometric rehabilitation is the missing piece of the complex treatment plan following a brain injury.
Symptoms to watch for following a Acquired Brain Injury would be:
- Personality changes (often times other symptoms can cause extreme frustration or depression for the patient)
- Change in posture
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulties with reading
- Balance problems
- Blurred Vision/Double vision
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Problems with depth perception
- Eye turn
- Concentration/attention changes
- Hearing/hypersensitivity to noise
- Sleep pattern changes
- Difficulty navigating
We coordinate care with other medical professionals that the patient may already be seeing such as neurologist, occupational or physical therapists and primary care doctors to ensure patients have a multidisciplined treatment plan. Occasionally, our doctors may also recomment vision therapy as a part of the patient’s treatment. For more information about vision therapy, please visit www.covd.org.