Improve Vision After a Concussion With Neuro-optometric Intervention

Concussions are serious injuries and about 90 percent of the time, people suffer from vision problems after sustaining one. A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury that sometimes presents persistent symptoms. The vision impairment symptoms that persist are collectively called post-trauma vision syndrome (PTVS). 

These symptoms are not a sign that you injured your eyes. Instead, they signify that communication between your eyes and the brain is affected. Unfortunately, many doctors are unaware of the symptoms of PTVS therefore, cannot identify the condition. Others do not even know how to treat the condition. Fortunately, select eye doctors have an effective strategy for treating this common post-concussion condition through an individually tailored neuro-optometric rehabilitation program.

What Is Neuro-optometric Vision Rehabilitation?

It is a treatment modality focusing primarily on the visual disorders resulting from developmental delays, concussions, and brain injuries. The visual conditions that arise from a brain injury, like a concussion, do not always present during preliminary treatment. Also, it is impossible to know the extent of the visual disorder from a traditional eye exam. 

Neuro-optometric rehabilitation works to restitute visual abilities and capacities like:

  • Visual information processing.

  • Hand-eye coordination and other visual motor abilities.

  • Integration of vision with other senses.

  • Normal vision.

What Is Included in the Therapy?

The therapy is customized to the issues you may have. It utilizes strategies like therapeutic lenses and optical prisms to help restore normal visual function. Sometimes, the neural function of the brain is affected after a concussion and to help correct this, the eye doctor will use specialized computer-based activities. 

The main aim of the therapy is to redevelop neuro-optometric functionality and communication. At the treatment's end, you will regain better control of your visual system and, certainly, improve the quality of your life. 

What Vision Problems Occur After a Concussion?

Here are some common vision problems that may occur after a concussion. If you notice these, you will likely benefit from neuro-optometric vision rehabilitation.

Eye Focusing

You may notice that you need help to focus on some things. It mainly manifests when you try to switch focus from a near object to a farther one. 

Eye Teaming

Your eyes should work together so your brain can interpret the images correctly. But with poor eye teaming, you will most likely have double vision, even if intermittent.

Eye Movement

Another critical ability that will be affected after a concussion is eye movement. You will have difficulty following a moving object or keeping your eyes on a line while reading. 

Sensitivity to Motion

Due to disruption between the balance and vision systems, you may find it challenging to process motion correctly. The typical results of this are dizziness, motion sickness, and disorientation. You may experience these symptoms in busy environments like the mall or when scrolling your computer or phone. 

How Does Neuro-optometric Rehabilitation Help?

The therapy incorporates various unique treatments to help with specific issues. Here are the most common.

Vision Rehabilitation

It helps improve eye, brain, and body communication. The therapy will help enhance visual skills like eye tracking, peripheral vision, hand-eye coordination, and depth perception. 

Specific Glasses

The eye doctor may prescribe some lenses to help compensate for neural system damage and provide clear vision. The lenses may also have features that help minimize glare and light sensitivity.

Prism Lenses

These are a significant part of vision therapy, especially for double vision in binocular vision dysfunction (BVD) patients. They help correct balance issues with post-concussion victims. 


Another way eye doctors try to correct double vision is by selectively patching a part of your visual field. They do this by placing the patch directly on the lens. 

For more about improving vision after a concussion with neuro-optometric intervention, visit Clarendon Vision Development Center at our office in Westmont, Illinois. Call (630) 323-7300 to book an appointment today. You can also schedule an appointment online at

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