Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, and Concussions
Neuro-optometrists commonly treat traumatic brain injury, mild traumatic brain injury, and stroke.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Because more areas of the brain are used to process vision than any other system, traumatic brain injuries often result in vision problems. In fact, studies show that 90% of TBI patients experience some form of vision disruption, which is caused by interrupted communication between the eyes and the brain.
Mild Brain Injury (MTBI) - Concussions
Though considered mild, a concussion is still a brain injury that can cause ongoing debilitating symptoms and alter the normal function of one’s brain.
The most affected demographic are children and teens, and of those, more than 60% experience visual symptoms. Older people are also prone to concussions. If you or a family member has sustained a concussion or even whiplash — such as from a violent blow to the head — we strongly urge you to get your eyes examined as soon as possible.
A stroke (also called a cerebrovascular accident, or CVA) occurs when there's a sudden interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain, or a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into the spaces surrounding brain cells. The ocular changes associated with stroke can be categorized as sensory (visual acuity and visual field), motor (extraocular muscle motility) and perceptual.
The Intersection of Neurology and Optometry
Neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy is a customized treatment program for patients whose stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, neurological condition or disease has resulted in visual deficits. It applies the latest methods and treatments of neuro-plasticity and vision function to help patients develop or regain the essential visual skills necessary for learning and optimal daily function.
An undiagnosed vision condition, or one resulting from a traumatic brain injury or neurological disease, can result in the following problems:
- Blurred vision
- Eye-teaming and eye-tracking problems
- Visual field loss
- Extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Eye focusing problems
As part of an interdisciplinary approach, neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy targets the underlying cause of the symptoms listed above.
If you or a loved one is suffering from neurological disease, trauma or conditions, visit Dr. Patrick Quaid for a comprehensive eye exam and neuro-optometric solutions.
What Others Are Saying About Us
I suffered a brain injury in what seemed like a minor car accident, I didn't hit my head or lose consciousness. I had several issues that would not resolve - light sensitivity, headaches/blurriness when reading, I couldn't handle busy environments etc... These issues greatly affected my life. I couldn't work, drive, shop, listen to music, tolerate overhead lights etc... everything depleted my brain and my energy. After over a year of trying various treatments to get better and being told by more than one - so called professionals - that I would just have to learn to live with these issues and accept it as my "new normal" - I was told about Guelph Vision Therapy Center now known as VUE Cubed. They changed my Life!
Some key things that they determined from my assessment were that I had lost a lot of my peripheral vision and that my brain couldn't make one image of what my two eyes were seeing so it just suppressed / cut out what one of the eyes was seeing. These issues were causing so many symptoms that no one else could explain. I want to point out that I was not aware that I had lost peripheral vision or that my brain was suppressing what one eye saw - I just had a wonky feeling and didn't know why. I began once a week vision therapy sessions and did about 5-10 minutes of daily vision therapy exercises at home. I am so Happy to say that over the course of 11 months I gradually improved and all of my vision / brain processing issues have resolved!
I would highly recommend VUE Cubed Vision Therapy to anyone with unresolved issues following a brain injury. Dr. MacKenzie and my vision therapist were very knowledgeable & friendly - they explained my symptoms & the exercises in a way that I could understand and they helped me to resolve my issues and be me again. I can't Thank them enough for giving me my Life back!
Learn More About Neuro Optometry | FAQ
Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy is very effective in resolving a range of vision problems resulting from brain injuries and neurological disorders.
The highly trained Guelph-based Dr. Patrick Quaid, Dr. Hadassah Rutman, & Dr. Daniel Cunningham will diagnose issues with eye-teaming, focusing, and visual tracking, and prescribe the most effective neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy program so that you can live your best life!
Do Visual Problems Manifest Right After a Brain Injury?
Visual aberrations following a brain injury tend to be overlooked during the initial treatment, since the patient may have serious and life-threatening issues that require urgent medical attention. Furthermore, symptoms may not even present themselves until some time has passed following the injury. The earlier you see a Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist, the better.
Note that early diagnosis leads to more efficient treatment.
Who Can Benefit From Neuro-Optometry?
Neuro-optometry helps those with:
- Head and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Cerebral vascular accidents (CVA)
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Diabetic neuropathy
How Long Is the Vision Rehabilitation Process?
Certain rehabilitation programs may last weeks or months, whereas others may last years — it all depends on the severity of the injury and the resulting visual impact.