Lucas wants to know why he has blurry vision after his recent brain injury.

In this particular episode of Ask an Eye Doc, you will learn:

  • How traumatic brain injury can affect vision
  • What can be done to alleviate post-TBI eye problems
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For you readers out there, here’s the answer in written form:

Lucas on Facebook asks:

 “Hello ~ nice to meet you. My name is Lucas and I have a question for you. I love riding motorcycles but sadly I had a big accident, and I lost my [memory]… But now I am okay and I just got out of the hospital. But I still have some [problems] with my vision. I [have] blurry vision, [because] I had [a] head injury. I [want to] know is it going to heal? Or [do] I need to take any sort [of] medicine? Thank you!”
Well, Lucas, first of all, I’m so sorry to hear about the accident, but I’m glad to hear that you’re doing okay now and out of the hospital.
While I don’t diagnose or treat eye problems over the internet, I can give you some ideas and information about how head injuries can affect vision and what can be done to fix those problems.

TBI

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when your brain moves around very quickly inside your head, like in a motorcycle accident. When this happens, any part of your brain can be damaged, including areas of your brain that control vision.
Vision problems related to TBI can last for years after the accident. Some common eye symptoms that can occur after a TBI are:
  • double vision
  • blurry near vision
  • headaches after certain visual tasks
  • difficulty with eye movements and eye tracking
  • loss of peripheral vision

Vision Therapy

Fortunately, these symptoms can be minimized or eliminated through a treatment program called Vision Therapy or sometimes called Vision Rehabilitation. This therapy is a process that can take 6-12 months and a lot of hard work on your part, including weekly visits to an optometrist who specializes in this treatment.

You can find an optometrist who specializes in this therapy by going to locate.covd.org. COVD is the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Optometrists who are Fellows of the COVD or FCOVD have completed extra training and research specifically regarding visual development disorders.

Best of luck and let me know how it goes!

Kyle

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AAED 37: How does traumatic brain injury affect vision?
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