Acquired brain injuries include: concussions, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and neuro-degenerative conditions. An acquired brain injury can have several effects on the visual system, which can include:

  • Impaired eye focusing
  • Impaired eye teaming or convergence palsy
  • Dry Eyes
  • Impaired eye movement or tracking
  • Wandering, turned, or crossed eyes
  • Peripheral or “side vision” loss
  • Visual attention neglect
  • Visual perceptual deficits

Post trauma vision disorders are very common, but can sometimes be very difficult for the patient to describe. In recent studies we have determined that around 70% of patients experience at least one post trauma vision symptom. These symptoms can include:

  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Light sensitivity
  • Attention or concentration difficulties
  • Staring behavior (low blink rate)
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Losing place when reading or comprehension problems while reading
  • Visual memory problems
  • An eye turn
  • Difficulty shifting focus from near to far
  • Words move or blur when reading
  • Unstable peripheral vision
  • Associated neuro-motor difficulties with balance, coordination, and posture
  • Perceived movement of stationary objects
  • Consistently stays to one side of hallway or room
  • Bumps into objects when walking
  • Poor walking or posture – tends to lean forward or back or to either side
  • Perception of the floor being tilted
  • Visual information processing problems
  • Visual field neglect or loss

If you have any of the above signs, be sure to schedule an evaluation at South Tulsa Vision Development Center as soon as possible.