Behavioural Optometry in acquired brain injuries
Behavioural Optometry is very useful in people who have suffered strokes and brain injuries, where the use of lenses and training can help to re-calibrate the brain, to help improve your perception of the world
Vision can be compromised due to neurological disorders such as TBI (traumatic brain injury eg. concussion, whiplash), ABI (acquired brain injury eg. strokes), Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral palsy or Autism. Common symptoms/signs due to these conditions include:
- Blurred or distorted vision
- Double vision
- Sore eyes
- Glare sensitivity
- Loss of balance/veering off to one side when walking
- Reading difficulties (eg. words move on the page or appear distorted)
- Decreased reading fluency and comprehension
- Attention, concentration and memory difficulty
- Loss of visual field
A full comprehensive assessment is conducted to identify each individual's specific functional difficulties. Treatments may include the use of lenses, prisms, colour tinted lenses, and vision therapy to help improve overall visual function and visual perception. The goal of treatment is to help improve your ability to function in daily tasks and help enhance the effects of other rehabilitative therapies.
- Vision problems can and often do affect learning. Optometrists treat difficulties with vision and vision problems that can affect learning and performance.
- Optometrists DO NOT directly treat learning difficulties.
- Most visual processing and visual functional skills are developed over time, therefore they are able to be trained. Vision therapy aims to improve visual functional and processing skills.
- Vision therapy does NOT take the place of teaching.
- People with learning problems require help from many disciplines to meet the learning challenges they face. Behavioural Optometric involvement constitutes one aspect of the multi-disciplinary management approach required to help an individual meet their full potential.