Vision and Brain Injuries

Published on
February 18, 2022

A brain injury can have a number of negative effects on the body, but one impact that many do not consider is that a brain injury often severely affects vision. Simply performing basic activities of daily living requires the use of the visual system. If you are experiencing any visual symptoms following a concussion, stroke, whiplash, or other traumatic brain injury, schedule a neuro optometric eye exam. 

What are the causes of brain injuries?

In the US, almost 3 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries each year (and over 10 million worldwide). These can be caused by motor vehicle accidents, physical violence, and strokes. In addition, they can also be caused by degenerative ailments such as parkinson's or multiple sclerosis and hemorrhagic or ischemic strokes. Studies have shown that more than 90% of head trauma injuries also result in vision problems.

What kind of vision problems can result from a traumatic brain injury?

There are many potential problems that can occur, and some are more noticeable than others. They include:

  • Light and glare sensitivity
  • Difficulty reading
  • Reading comprehension difficulties
  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Vision problems caused by a TBI usually make it difficult to balance, read, and drive.
  • Reduction or loss of visual field (peripheral vision loss)
  • Eye aching or pain
  • Frequent headaches or ocular migraines
  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Memory issues
  • Vestibular problems 

How are vision problems caused by brain injuries treated?

A behavioral vision exam is the first essential step in recognizing symptoms and diagnosing them. A neuro optometrist will craft a treatment plan based on your unique situation once the precise problem is determined. Neuro optometric rehabilitation can be very effective in recovering visual deficits caused by traumatic brain injury.

Neuro optometric rehabilitation may include one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Prism glasses
  • In office vision therapy
  • Syntonics or light therapy 
  • Eye muscle surgery


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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