A person who has suffered a brain injury or trauma that has affected the visual system can no longer think, move, and see as before. Vision should be automatic, but with acquired brain injury, it isn’t. Every function of the eyes – moving together, focusing, – requires great concentration and effort by the person affected by brain injury. So what used to be automatic, like focusing on an object, becomes an arduous task.
“Up to 40 percent of people with brain injury experience vision-related disorders that do not go away on their own.”
A Problem that Goes Undiagnosed
Symptoms suffered by those with a brain injury are often written off as delusional, incompetence, or whining by doctors, friends, and family. Many doctors are not looking for and, in result, dismissing these symptoms that are causing brain injury patients to often suffer in silence.
“80% of the brain is involved in vision.”
Vision Therapy Can Help
People experiencing these symptoms typically won’t find their help through writing, since the act of reading causes so much strain that they avoid it. We at Arizona Vision Therapy Center want you and/or your loved one to know that they’re not alone and their problem is treatable. With vision therapy, there is hope.
“Dr. Thomas is outstanding in both her knowledge and her interaction with patients! Having seen more doctors than I can count, to include another optometrist trained in vision therapy, Dr. Thomas is hands down the best. I had a very early traumatic brain injury which Dr. Thomas acknowledged and has treated me for with kindness and compassion. Her guidance with light and vision therapy have caused positive major shifts in my functioning. My husband’s words are: ‘If they offer 5 stars, Dr. Thomas deserves 6!’ For me, Dr. Thomas and her staff have offered me hope in the midst of great darkness.”- Sue R Hannah
Do you or your loved one have these symptoms?
- Double vision
- Nausea or dizziness
- Fluctuating vision acuity
- Pain in or around the eyes
- Problems concentrating
- Loss of balance
- Inflexible vision (ie: unable to tear your gaze away from a patterned floor or wall)
- Spatial shifts (ie: feeling as if the floor is tilting)
- Reading problems
- Easily fatigued, especially later in the day
- Can’t walk straight easily; difficulty navigating
- Avoids noisy and busy environments
Have you or your loved one experienced any of these situations?
Several situations that could potentially result in brain injury and cause a functional vision problem can seem less traumatic than they actually are, such as:
- A car accident involving injury to the head
- Falling and hitting chin or head
- An object falling and landing on head
- Toxic mold exposure
- Chemical exposure
- Alcohol poisoning
Who is the Acquired Brain Injury Program For?
If you have suffered a brain injury from trauma or stroke and are having symptoms such as double vision, dizziness, problems shifting your vision from distance to near, and fatigue, you may be a good candidate for the Acquired Brain Injury program.
Arizona Vision Therapy Center has a long history of diagnosing and treating the vision problems that come from brain injuries.
“I was referred here by my optometrist after a stroke left me with partial vision loss. On my first visit, Dr. Thomas spent more than 2 hours with me, to diagnose and fully assess what actually happened to me and what can be done to make my vision and my life better. It was quite a remarkable experience, and I will be continuing to work with her. I fully trust I have the best medical professional to guide me in this journey.”
How Brain Injury Therapy Can Help
This program is specifically designed to get you back to your life by reducing your symptoms and helping you to feel more comfortable in your environment. If your vision problems require more than lenses, we have the ability to provide high-quality vision training to help your visual system “remember” how to function at a higher level.
Strong network of providers
We are also part of a strong network of providers that can handle the other problems that occur in brain injuries such as cognitive difficulties and neuromuscular pain or discomfort.