Neuro-Optometry

Neuro-optometric treatment retrains and strengthens the neural connections ​​​​​​​in the brain to improve visual function leading to better overall well-being.

What is Neuro-Optometry?

Neuro-optometry is a sub-specialty in the field of optometry that focuses on the function of the visual system after it has been altered by a neurological event. These events can include brain injuries, concussions, strokes and neuro-degenerative diseases.

This sub-specialty also addresses patient care needs when increased near visual demands or significant life stressors cause the visual system to decompensate.

Whether the patient suffered a neurological event or has decompensated eye postures, we frequently find that these patients also suffer from a Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD).

Why is Vision Impacted by Neurological Deficits or Increased Stress?

More than half of the brain is involved in processing visual information. Therefore, if the brain sustains an injury or significant stress of some sort, it is more than likely that vision will be affected in one way or another. Regardless of the underlying cause for the visual deficits, most patients will experience a similar set of symptoms of varying degrees.
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Symptoms of a Disrupted Visual System

  • dizziness

  • headaches

  • blurred vision

  • double or overlapping vision

  • difficulty focusing

  • feeling of eyes crossing or not working together

  • poor visual memory

  • difficulty concentrating

  • visual field loss

  • poor depth perception

  • anxiety while driving

  • panic attacks

What is Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation (NOR)?

Our doctors specialize in Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation (NOR), an individualized treatment approach using a variety of treatment modalities to support patients in their recovery and long-term success.

Based on history, symptoms, and diagnosis, patients may find symptom relief by wearing a new or updated glasses prescription with advanced lens options. In other cases, patients may benefit from a program that includes multiple treatment modalities for full recovery.

Neuro-Optometric Treatment Options

Lenses and Prism

  • Lenses that support near visual demands and enhance performance.

  • Lenses designed specifically for driving to reduce symptoms.

  • Prism lenses that relieve visual stress induced by misaligned eyes.

  • Lenses that maximize spatial perception which improves the patient’s orientation and mobility.

Binasal Occlusion and Tints

  • Reduce visual motion sensitivity to alleviate dizziness symptoms while driving.

  • Enhance eye coordination and eye tracking for improved reading speed and comprehension.

  • Reduce visual overload to alleviate light sensitivity and improve visual processing.

Vision Rehabilitation

  • Uniquely tailored vision therapy program that improves and enhances deficient visual skills.

  • Therapy is designed to achieve optimal recovery and regain in function while carefully monitoring for symptoms.

  • The treatment program is tailored to each patient’s needs and lifestyle for the most successful, long-term outcomes.

Syntonic Light Therapy

  • Light Therapy uses certain selected light frequencies (colors) to balance the autonomic nervous system through vision.

  • Clinically shown to be effective in the treatment of brain injuries and concussions.

  • Treatment is short-term and enhances the results of other interventions.

Outcomes of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation

Improved visual function leading to decreased or complete resolution of overall symptoms and improvements in daily activities.

Decreased or complete resolution in feeling overwhelmed or anxious while driving or in busy environments, such as malls or big box stores.

Improved integration of vision with other systems such as vestibular and proprioception, alleviating dizziness and leading to improvements in overall coordination and balance.

Significant reduction or complete resolution of headaches, migraines, eye strain and light sensitivity.

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation results are also reflected in our patient success stories.

The path to Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation starts with a Neuro-Optometric evaluation.

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