Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association

Enhancing Neurological Recovery Through Vision Rehabilitation

Visiting a Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation is a specialized, individualized treatment regimen for those who have visual deficits as a direct result of physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and other neurological insults. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrists have special training and clinical experience in this area and understand how specific visual dysfunctions relate to a patient's symptoms and performance.

Patients who can benefit from a neuro-optometric assessment include those with a history of: traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke, chronic inflammation within the brain, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and other conditions that can progress to affect the nervous system (such as Lyme Disease).

A Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist evaluates many functions of the visual system, including:

  • How the eyes work together
  • Whether the eyes are working hard to focus and aim together
  • Eye scanning and tracking ability
  • How the person processes their environment and moves through it
  • The integration between vision and other systems such as balance, auditory, and the body’s sense of position in space
  • Complex visual perceptual ability (how a person organizes and interprets the information that is seen and gives it meaning and visual memory (the ability to remember something seen in the past)
  • Information provided during a standard eye exam such as visual acuity, refraction, eye health evaluation, and peripheral vision testing are required as well.

Following the examination, a Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist will work with a patient to develop a treatment plan that is specially designed to improve or eliminate a patient’s specific symptoms and difficulties. Treatment may include specialized glasses to help with visual processing, and/or a Vision Rehabilitation program that incorporates both in-office and out-of-office procedures for the remediation and management of your visual problems with the goal to improve activities of daily visual living and performance.

In brain injury, often a single approach to rehabilitation is not sufficient to address all of a patient’s needs. An interdisciplinary, integrated team approach can play a vital role in the rehabilitation of patients with various types of neurological deficits. Your Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist may work with other rehabilitation team members such as neurologists, rehab physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, neuropsychologists, and audiologists.

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Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist, eye doctors who specialize in brain-injury-related visual problems, and other health care professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, neurologists and others can play a vital role in rehabilitation.

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