Traumatic Brain Injuries
75% of head trauma survivors need rehabilitation. 90% of them need visual care.
More than 80 percent of what we learn is processed visually. It is easy to understand why visual dysfunction from Closed Head Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury (CHI/TBI) can profoundly affect the speed and level of recovery.
Vision symptoms may be among the earliest observed following head trauma and injury. Double vision, visual blur, headaches, eyestrain, dizziness, disorientation and reading difficulties present as some of the early changes in visual status.
Neuro-optometry provides specialized Diagnosis and Treatment for vision dysfunctions resulting froma CHI/TBI. With proper Diagnosis and Treatment, many visual symptoms can be eliminated, and the visual system restored to its highest potential. Proper vision intervention encourages a faster and more successful recovery in other sensory and movement areas.
The Optometry Department at Hope Clinic is committed to providing comprehensive and caring vision services to survivors of CHI/TBI. Our mission is to help each person reach the highest visual abilities and goals.
Diagnostic Vision Evaluation
The journey through Hope Clinic begins with a complete Diagnostic Vision Evaluation. A thorough case history precedes binocular (both eyes) vision measurements and findings in Eye Health, Eye Refraction (optics), Ocular Motility (eye tracking), Accommodation (eye focusing), Convergence/Divergence (eye alignment) and Vision Perception. Peripheral (side vision) visual status is measured with a computerized perimeter. Visagraph(TM) computer testing graphs binocular vision function while reading.
A Consultation and full written report follow the extensive Vision Evaluation. Treatment options and alternatives are presented for consideration by the individual and family. All information will be shared with CHI/TBI recovery centers and other medical and professional providers upon written release.
Treatment provided at Hope Clinic for visual dysfunctions from CHI/TBI may include Lenses, Prism Lenses and Neuro-Optometric Vision Therapy/Orthoptics vision services. Medical/Surgical intervention is case-managed.
Neuro-Optometric Vision Therapy/Orthoptics involves the use of special instruments and techniques to treat Ocular Motility (eye tracking), Accommodation (eye focusing), Vergence (eye alignment) and Visual Information Processing/Visual Perception dysfunctions. These techniques and instruments create an environment where we can monitor the input of each eye while both eyes are working together. Special lenses and prisms are then utilized with the instruments and techniques to gradually restore eye function and perception. A comparison is often made with physical therapy in that both treatments involve the retraining of neurological signals from the brain to body’s functional systems.
The goal of the treatment is to restore all areas of visual function to their highest potential.
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Contact Hope Clinic to begin the process of learning how Vision Therapy can help you or your child! Hope Clinic offers two online options: Schedule a Free Screening or Schedule a Full Functional Vision Evaluation, or call us at (425) 462-7800.