A traumatic brain injury often affects a person’s vision. Most often, it can affect an individual’s ability to tolerate bright lights, and causes difficulty with reading and computer work, and tolerating busy visual environments. These issues can affect a person’s ability to successfully return to school, work, and sports. Vision problems are common after a TBI; between 40-60% of people who have visual symptoms and are referred to a developmental optometrist are found to have visual dysfunction as a result of their injury.
At Niwot Vision, we have a traumatic brain injury residency trained optometrist who treats our patients and oversees the vision rehabilitation. We believe this is the best mode of practice for treating patients suffering from visual dysfunction. The visual system is complex, and multiple factors need to be taken into consideration when developing a treatment plan, including, ocular health, refraction, visual motor, and visual perceptual function. Very often patients have several issues affecting their visual function and these all need to be addressed concurrently. Lenses, prisms, filters, and tints can often be prescribed which can be a major help for a patient suffering from visual symptoms.