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.
Vision Evaluation for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Our office provides a vision evaluation that is designed to be comfortable for someone on the autism spectrum, and provides information on:
- eye health
- need for glasses for distance, near or both
- binocularity or how well the eyes work together
- ability to change focus such as copying off the board
- comfort, efficiency and stamina for performing visual tasks
Vision Evaluation for Special Needs children:
We evaluate children with special needs using a variety of functional tests designed to determine their visual needs and abilities. If the child is non-verbal, signing or matching is used, and at times ability to see can be determined by the child’s attention to small objects.
GDC: Gift and/or Twice Exception Evaluation:
Students who have been referred through the Gifted Development Center or who are gifted or twice exceptional (both gifted and have learning issues) receive a thorough binocular vision evaluation. If referred from GDC, or a detailed report is requested, the charge includes a report faxed to GDC with a copy to the parents. The report details the results of the evaluation, any diagnoses and recommendations for glasses, optometric vision therapy, and if requested, school accommodations.