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
  • Light sensitivity and Visual Disturbances

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 reading comprehension problems
  • 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