Success with Visual Disabilities: Brain Injury, TBI, Concussions, Head Injury, Stroke
Some children and adults who have suffered a significant traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as concussions complain about eye or vision symptoms.
Alyssa was an Honors high school and Dean's List college student whose reading and handwriting skills dropped to a primary school level after her concussion.
Through visual rehabilitation, I have reclaimed huge tracts of my life. I drive, shop, work around the house, help others around their homes, eat, and read with pleasure. [More]
Vision therapy has helped Justin academically and physically, ... areas that had suffered after his concussion and TBI from the car accident. [More]
When I received Vision Therapy, it was like a door that was closed in my life was opened. [More]
With all the well-meaning therapies I received, Dr. X's Vision Therapy approach was by far the most productive one with impressive results. [More]
Every day I notice the changes Vision Therapy has wrought. Other stroke patients remark on it to him; his therapists at the V.A. Hospital, too! [More]
We sought out Vision Therapy because my son had daily bad headaches at least in part from his eyes not tracking together. He was in a car accident which caused this. [More]
Megan says: "I was very concerned that I would never see 'normal' again. I had double vision after the accident. ... Vision Therapy is a lot of hard work, but the end results are well worth it. I see one of everything again." [More]
My eyes ran a marathon each session, but it was worth it. ... after having a hypertensive stroke and losing my vision, ... many years ago, ... I must say it's a treat to close my eyes and rinse my hair in the shower without falling! [More]
I want to thank you for all your help and support in treating me after my ... car accident ... I can't believe with all the doctors I saw, no one was able to pinpoint this problem. [More]
It seems as though his brain had to learn what his right eye had to do all over again and with your good work, it did. [More]
One of the results of the accident is that Tanya suffered from many visual problems. [More]
I corresponded on the Web with others who have the same brain disorder, Cavernous Angioma of the brain stem. All of us have had to deal with double vision and a numb side. What did I gain by doing Vision Therapy? I believe a much, much faster recovery, and possibly, in the long run, better vision than I started with before the stroke. [More]
... driving was only a dream when I started Vision Therapy. Now it is a reality! [More]
Read full stories below.
I chose to do Vision Therapy because I was desperate, as I had tried many other therapies in the past. I had become quite debilitated since I could no longer drive for more than 10 minutes. I could not shop for groceries, and on most days I could manage no more than the simplest housekeeping chores. I got sick at every meal as nausea and dizziness severely limited my activities.
After Justin's automobile accident, we were very concerned about how his concussion head trauma had affected his visual perception. We noticed a lot of frustration, especially in the assimilation and "processing" of information. We could see his frustration turn to anger, and he would shut out information because it was just too much and too hard for him to try to process.
Before I received Vision Therapy, I had problems with visual perception and other disabilities. I was not sure if I would ever drive, and the doctor had her doubts also. My disabilities affected my life in every way.
After my stroke, Dr. X corrected my "Midline Shift Syndrome" optically. As a result, I was able to walk straight again. The tireless staff, with the help of a lot of computers, blinking lights, mirrors and prisms, managed to reconnect and synchronize my two eyes. Eye tracking, focusing, and ultimately reading were restored. With all the well-meaning therapies I received, Dr. X's Vision Therapy approach was by far the most productive one with impressive results.
Thank you for Jim's fantastic Vision Therapy, which was so ingeniously and competently administered. You can't imagine what a difference it has made with reading and just plain noticing things. Every day I notice the changes Vision Therapy has wrought. Other stroke patients remark on it to him; his therapists at the V.A. Hospital, too! It truly is remarkable.
We sought out Vision Therapy because my son had daily bad
headaches at least in part from his eyes not tracking together.
He was in a car accident which caused this problem. He was
unable to read more than a few minutes at a time; his concentration
was bad; his pleasure in reading was very low. His body coordination
was somewhat off. We had already gone to a psychologist, neurologist,
and a psychiatrist. They were only nominal help.
This letter expresses heartfelt thanks from the Kayser family for your hard work and dedication to your patients.
Before Vision Therapy, reading was a prelude to a good nap! Now I have actually finished a book for sheer enjoyment without falling asleep. Going to the mall and judging which step to get on the escalator was always entertaining for my shopping partners and mall patrons. Heights are no longer an issue for me, though bungee jumping is still out of the question.
It worked for me!! I have a brain tumor. Pressure on the optic nerve caused double vision. It went away and came back. Vision therapy has given me complete single vision (binocular vision) looking forward and to the right, but I'm still working on left views. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get more vision therapy because of the insurance company. One old-fashioned doctor said "no." My father and I said that I'm living proof it works. My dad finally asked what the doctor would do if it were his daughter in my position. He said he supposed he would have her practice vision therapy
I want to thank you for all your help and support in treating me after my ... car accident ... When I came to you, I had a list of symptoms ranging from dizziness and nausea to trouble reading and trouble retaining what I read. I was amazed to find that my symptoms matched up to one of your pamphlets describing Post Traumatic Eye Syndrome. The therapy has helped. I'm reading again and my retention of what I read has improved. I still have my only wish that I found out about Vision Therapy earlier. I can't believe with all the doctors I saw, no one was able to pinpoint this problem. Thank you.
Since Paul's brain injury which affected his right eye, he could not judge his footing, going downstairs, stepping off the curb, grabbing for an object was difficult. His depth perception was truly off. It seems as though his brain had to learn what his right eye had to do all over again and with your good work, it did.
What did I gain by doing Vision Therapy? I believe a much, much faster recovery, and possibly, in the long run, better vision than I started with before the stroke. I believe that the fast start that I took getting into Vision Therapy made my recovery far more successful than many others in the same situation. The additional support system of being with the positive and encouraging vision therapists, twice a week, also had a very positive impact on my recovery. I could not have done this at home on my own. I have regained my life!
One of the results of the accident is that Tanya suffered from many visual problems. She was seen by an eye specialist at the hospital who told me that there was nothing that could be done for Tanya. Vision Therapy has helped with Tanya's balance, coordination and eye movement. I would strongly recommend Vision Therapy before listening to "nothing will help."
Where would I be without Dr. X? Not very far. I was completely lost when I started Vision Therapy. [The optometrist] really knows his business and how to treat a very fragile person. I take the driving tests next week ... driving was only a dream when I started Vision Therapy. Now it is a reality!
Many children and adults who have suffered a significant head injury complain about eye or vision symptoms. For example, after a TBI or concussion, they might report seeing double (double vision) or getting headaches while reading or have trouble seeing, comprehending and/or concentrating while reading or working at the computer. In many other cases of post-concussion or post-tbi, it is not obvious that the person's difficulties are caused by vision changes from the traumatic brain injury. Such vision problems often do not go away on their own and need to be addressed with visual rehabilitation therapies, such as neuro-optometric vision therapy.
Dr. Merrill Bowan
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