Traumatic Brain Injury Conditions Treated by Vision Therapy

Published on
February 16, 2022

Traumatic brain injury is often accompanied with visual complications. After suffering a traumatic brain injury that presents complications to the visual system, patients symptoms can be treated very effectively with vision therapy.

What kind of traumatic brain injury conditions can vision therapy treat?

Among the common traumatic brain injury conditions that vision therapy can treat are

  • Accommodative disorder is a problem with focusing, particularly at near. There isn't so much a problem with eyesight as keeping a comfortable, accurate focus, particularly when working up close.
  • A condition such as convergence insufficiency can cause someone to get headaches or have double vision when trying to do things up-close.
  • Additionally, vision therapy can help those who have difficulty tracking their eyes, a condition called ocular motor deficit. Therefore, they lose their place either on paper or on their computer when they try to read, which can make performing their jobs difficult.
  • Another condition that vision therapy can help with is visual field loss. Such a person has hemianopsia and loss of visual field on the right or left side of the body. They may need help in learning how to understand where they are in space. In some cases we will prescribe prism glasses alongside vision therapy for patients with visual field loss. 
  • Vision therapy can also assist with visual spatial attention when the brain is no longer paying attention to the left or right visual space as it used to.
  • Visual therapy can also be helpful in cases of visual midline shifts, in which an individual thinks they are in one place while actually they are in a different one. As a result, you may often observe people shifting to the right or left as they walk down the hallway.

What is syntonic phototherapy?

The branch of ocular science known as syntonics, or optometric phototherapy, entails the application of specific light frequencies through the eyes. In optometry, it has been used for over 70 years to treat a variety of visual disorders, including strabismus, amblyopia, focusing and convergence problems, learning disorders, and the effects of trauma and stress. This can be done standalone by itself or is most commonly done in conjunction with an in office vision therapy regimen as well.

How long does neuro-optometric rehabilitation take to work?

The answer to this question is not easy because it depends on the nature of the problem, which is different in each case. Some level of improvement is to be expected fairly quickly, though a complete turnaround should not be expected overnight. It takes time for neuro-optometric rehabilitation to retrain the eyes and brain to work together as they should, especially if the injury causes severe problems. In addition, compliance with the treatment measures is crucial in order to achieve the desired results. Much of the rehabilitation is performed in the office, but patients may also be required to do exercises at home.


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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