Your ability to see relies on your brain. The brain interprets images from light reflecting off your retina and interprets them as giving us depth, shape, and color.
Traumatic injuries that may involve stress to the brain such as a stroke or concussion as well as diseases that affect your brain’s functionality may also affect your vision. Several inherited brain conditions can also interfere with the development of the visual system.
The effect of injuries or conditions impacting your neuro-visual system may not be noticed early on. Once the symptoms are recognized, treatment will be provided by a neuro-optometrist who has the training and expertise to diagnose and provide effective treatment for your condition and needs. Occasionally, vision therapists or optometrists also trained in neuro-optometric rehabilitation can treat vision problems related to dysfunction from brain injury.
We provide neuro-optometric rehabilitation and will work with you to provide high-quality care and restore your quality of life.
The brain is an amazing part of the body able to retain itself even after traumatic injuries. Neuro-optometry is a specific field of optometry that works to reprogram the brain’s way of processing information from our eyes. Your brain and visual system are intricately intertwined and, when functioning properly together, they allow us to interpret the world around us.
We tailor our treatment plans based on each patient’s vision conditions and needs. A combination of visual strength exercises, specialized lenses, and various vision skills tests help us to retrain our brains to process visual information properly.
Common visual conditions we treat in our office include:
Asthenopia (blurred vision)
Difficulty gauging distance, movement, direction, and speed
Diplopia (double vision)
Inability to differentiate colors
Problems with hand-eye coordination or motor skills
Vertigo (nausea and dizziness related to vision)
Anyone who experiences any of the symptoms or conditions mentioned previously should undergo a neuro-visual assessment. Patients with visual problems as a result of brain injury or disease will greatly benefit from receiving neuro-optometric rehabilitation.
All candidates undergo a thorough comprehensive eye exam to determine the overall health of the eyes. Any additional information from the patient’s doctors such as a neurologist or physiotherapist will also be taken into account. We will then perform a neuro-visual assessment to determine what neuro-visual conditions are present. After your diagnosis, we will work with you to tailor your treatment program to your needs.
The length of your treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. Your program length is often dependent on the cause as well as your condition and compliance throughout treatment.
Though you may experience improvements in your vision early on, neuro-optometric rehabilitation can be a lengthy process as it takes time to retrain your brain and eyes to work together again.
Depending on your insurance, partial coverage for neuro-optometry treatment may be possible. However, it is not often covered in most vision insurance plans.