Vision Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury

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Vision problems are common after traumatic brain injury.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury affects at least 1.7 million people in the United States each year. Of this group 52,000 die, 275,000 are hospitalized and almost 80% get treated then released from an emergency department.

Of the people hospitalized for TBI, up to 43% suffer from a related disability one year after the original injury. These disabilities include memory loss, impaired coordination, mood changes and vision or audio impairment.

Gregory Goodrich, PhD is the supervisory research psychologist at the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center in Palo Alto, CA. He suggests that anyone that’s experienced TBI get a thorough eye exam“ I would say if following a brain injury the person has any visual symptoms at all — even a little blurriness or fuzziness, eyes that fatigue easily, difficulty reading, or frequent bumping into things on one side more than the other — he should get a comprehensive eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist.”

Common Eye Injuries as a Result of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Vision problems after TBI.

TBI can lead to injury to the structures of the eye resulting in double vision, impaired eye movements and visual field loss, especially in the peripheral field of vision.

  • Optic nerve damage
  • Retinal detachment
  • Vitreous hemorrhage
  • PTVS – post trauma vision syndrome

Stop by Stanton Optical for Your Comprehensive Eye Exam

You can call or stop by any Stanton Optical store to schedule an appointment for your annual eye examination and get your vision tested by a board-certified optometrist. Stanton Optical has independent doctors of optometry, or eye doctors working for T. Campen, at each site.

Resources

  1. Head Injuries Can Lead to Serious Vision Problems
  2. Post Trauma Vision Syndrome
  3. Reading Problems and Traumatic Brain Injury
  4. TBI Linked to a Range of Vision Problems
  5. Vision and Rehabilitation after Brain Trauma