Cerebral Palsy and Vision Issues

Cerebral palsy may be associated with a variety of vision problems and conditions, however, not all individuals with cerebral palsy will have vision problems. 

Cerebral Palsy and Vision Issues in Hixson

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Exploring the Impact of Cerebral Palsy on Vision: Understanding the Prevalence and Importance of Early Detection and Treatment

Many studies show that up to 75% of children with cerebral palsy have vision issues. Early diagnosis and treatment of these issues is crucial for optimal emotional and cognitive development.

Our pediatric developmental eye doctor recommends that all children should undergo regular developmental eye exams so that interventions can be put into place as early as possible for those who need them.

Cerebral palsy can affect vision in a number of ways:

Difficulty with eye movement

Some patients with cerebral palsy may have difficulty with eye movements such as tracking or following moving objects. This can make it challenging to engage in activities such as reading or watching television.

Focusing problems

Some patients with cerebral palsy may have difficulty with focusing their eyes. This can lead to blurred vision or the need to strain to see clearly.

Double vision

In some cases, patients with cerebral palsy may experience double vision, or diplopia. This can be caused by problems with eye alignment or other issues with the muscles that control eye movement.


Strabismus, or misalignment of the eyes, is common in patients with cerebral palsy. This can cause the eyes to point in different directions and can lead to double vision.

Difficulty with eye-hand coordination

It is possible that some patients with cerebral palsy may have difficulty with eye-hand coordination, which can make tasks such as writing or using utensils challenging.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these visual symptoms and has cerebral palsy, it is important to see our neuro optometrist for a neuro-optometric evaluation. To schedule a neuro optometric exam, please call (423) 710 3965. Take our online visual skills assessment to help identify if your child has a potential visual deficit that may be interfering with their vision Take our online quiz

What Is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects movement, posture and muscle tone. It is caused by damage to the brain, usually occurring before or during birth. Cerebral palsy is not a progressive disorder, meaning it does not get worse over time, but the symptoms can change and may improve or worsen. Cerebral palsy can sometimes affect vision, although the specific visual issues that may arise can vary widely from person to person.

What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Enhancing Quality of Life through Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation: Understanding the Benefits for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

Enhancing Quality of Life through Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation: Understanding the Benefits for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

Neuro-optometric rehabilitation is a type of therapy that aims to improve vision and visual function in patients with neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy. It is provided by optometrists who have specialized training in this area.

Neuro-optometric rehabilitation can help patients with cerebral palsy improve their vision and visual function, which can in turn improve their overall functional abilities. It can also help reduce the risk of falls and other accidents that can be caused by vision problems.

The specific goals of neuro-optometric rehabilitation will vary depending on the patients and their needs. It may involve the use of eyeglasses, prisms or other visual aids, as well as exercises to improve eye movements and visual processing. In some cases, vision therapy may also be used to help improve visual skills such as eye-hand coordination and the ability to track moving objects.

If you or a loved one has cerebral palsy and is interested in learning more about neuro-optometric rehabilitation, it is important to see our qualified optometrist who has experience in this area. To schedule a neuro-optometric evaluation in Hixson, please call (423) 710 3965.

Enhancing Quality of Life through Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation: Understanding the Benefits for Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

Can Cerebral Palsy Be Cured?

While there is no cure for cerebral palsy, early intervention and therapy can improve symptoms and help individuals with the disorder lead full and independent lives. This may include vision therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to address muscle spasms or other issues.

Common Questions

In most cases, cerebral palsy is not hereditary and is not caused by genetics. It is usually caused by damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after birth. If you are experiencing visual symptoms of cerebral palsy, call us to schedule an evaluation today at (423) 710 3965.
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Maximizing your Vision with a Neuro-Optometric Evaluation at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga: Schedule An Appointment With Our Neuro Optometrist

If you or someone you care about has cerebral palsy and is experiencing difficulty processing visual information, we welcome you to schedule a neuro-optometric evaluation. A neuro-optometric evaluation is a specialized examination that assesses the interaction between the visual system and the brain, and it can identify and address any issues with visual processing that may be affecting daily life. 

If you are interested in scheduling a neuro-optometric, we recommend contacting our neuro-optometrist in Hixson who has experience working with patients with cerebral palsy. Call us at (423) 710 3965 to schedule an appointment. 

Patients with functional vision issues caused by neurological disorders visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of neuro optometric rehabilitation services for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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