The effects of a traumatic brain injury on vision are becoming increasingly well known. Concussions can bring on visually related symptoms such as:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision
- Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Ocular-motor dysfunction
- Cognitive difficulties with visual tasks
- Slower reaction time
Vision therapy is a common method for improving vergence (eye crossing), focusing issues, and movement problems. This is not to be confused with improving visual acuity. Repetition and dedication to quality practice of the exercises have a large influence on the success rate of the therapy.
Vision therapy is an effective treatment for patients of all ages. The process involves testing of many visual components such as visual attention span, visual processing speed, visual working memory and much more. Benefits of a successful course of treatment of vision therapy include:
- Improved Visual Skills
- Specialized Treatment for Each Patient
- Does not require prescription drugs
- Avoids surgery
Every visual therapy program is unique, but each involves various levels of non-surgical procedures. With a specialized goal, the patient will perform targeted exercises and activities which should, over time, help correct vision problems. Rather than simply waiting and hoping for symptoms to disappear, Visual Therapy aims to actively engage the brain. It involves replicating scenarios and exercises which help retrain the brain and eye muscles for a specific function.