A traumatic brain injury can affect a person’s ability to tolerate bright lights, cause difficulty with reading or tolerating computer work, and cause difficulty enduring busy visual environments. This can affect a person’s ability to return to school, work, and sports. Vision problems are common after a TBI, between 40-60% of people who have visual symptoms are found to have visual dysfunction as a result of their injury.
Neurovision rehabilitation is unique to Hennepin Healthcare as we have a traumatic brain injury residency - trained optometrist who treats our patients and oversees the vision rehabilitation. We believe this is the best mode of practice for treating patients suffering from visual dysfunction after a TBI. The visual system is complex, and multiple factors need to be taken into consideration when developing a treatment plan, including ocular health, refraction, visual motor and visual perceptual function. Very often patients have several issues affecting their visual function and these need to be addressed concurrently. The treatment is performed by our specially trained occupational therapists. Treatment focuses on improving communication between the brain and the eyes (visual processing) which leads to improved balance, coordination, ability to read and use the computer, returning to school, returning to work and returning to driving.