Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association

Enhancing Neurological Recovery Through Vision Rehabilitation

Tips for Managing Vision Problems Associated With Brain Injury

It is always best to consult with your eye care professional on managing any vision problems you may be experiencing. Following a concussion or other brain trauma, a Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist, trained to evaluate and treat vision problems after a brain injury, can offer specific advice tailored for your particular situation. A treatment plan can include specialized glasses with prism or color tints, and/or a comprehensive Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy Program.

Here are some helpful tips for things you can do at home and/or at work, depending on your situation.

Take Breaks when Doing Tasks that Rely on Vision

This is especially important when reading, watching television, or using a computer or other electronic devices. Follow the 20/20 /20 rule to give your eyes a break -- Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Reduce Glare

Use natural light whenever possible. If your eyes are sensitive to lights, try to avoid bothersome light sources like fluorescent tubes; the “flicker-effect” can be an irritant for some people. Use of a neutral non-glare filter on your computer screen can be helpful. Wearing tinted lenses, indoors or out, may also help cut down on glare. Your neuro-optometric rehabilitation optometrist can help find the best color and type of filter tint for you.

Think Big

Magnifying devices make objects bigger so they are easier to see. Electronic readers [tablets] can be used to increase print size and contrast.

Keep Your Eyes Moist

Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye.  When we blink, we squeeze the different glands in our eyes to produce the tear film. This only happens properly, however, if we perform a full blink. After a brain injury, the rate of blinking may slow and the completeness of the blinks may decline, leaving eyes to become dry and uncomfortable.  Today, there are a number of over-the-counter and prescription eye drops available to relieve many types of eye discomfort, such as dry eyes and red eyes. Choosing a drop that is not designed for your condition may not alleviate your discomfort, may make your symptoms worse, or even create a different eye problem. That is why it is important to seek the advice of your Eye Care Professional before using any kind of eye drop so he/she can evaluate your symptoms and the severity of your condition before recommending the appropriate treatment for your condition.

Reduce Visual Overload

Try to cut down on clutter and keep all the items needed to complete a task together in one place. Designate one storage place for a frequently used item, like your car keys. Not having to search in multiple places for what you need will reduce the amount of input to the visual system. This can help keep you from being overwhelmed by visual information.