“It is a fact that the brain and body reliably turn conscious effort into unconcscious action that allows us to move from learning to mastery”
“Long-term neuroplastic change occurs more readily when a person pays close attention while learning.” Dr. Norman Doidge, The Brain’s Way of Healing
The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation supports evaluation and treatment of post-concussion vision disorders by an optometrist specializing in neuro-optometric rehabilitation. Optometric treatment strategies for PTVS include the following:
- Specialized glasses with coloured tints, partial lens occlusion, stress-relieving near-point prescriptions, and prism lenses which can help improve spatial vision, visual comfort and visual stability.
- A vision rehabilitation program to re-automatize visual functions that were once effortless and have become more difficult post-injury, requiring conscious effort and exhaustive energy to achieve. The program consists of activities designed in a hierarchal way and customized to the individual to improve visual skills and processing function. Results are best achieved with regular in-clinic visits to reinforce and challenge skills, supported with daily 15-minute home sessions. Duration can vary depending on the case, but a program can typically take 6-12 months. The best results are seen with patients who are motivated, dedicated, compliant, and persistent. Therapy is not done ‘to’ the patient passively, but requires active participation by the patient using the tools provided by the therapist.
It takes a village…
Vision is closely connected to our sense of body position in space, posture, and the vestibular or balance system. For this reason, concurrent treatment with other professionals such as Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, and Osteopaths can enhance visual recovery. Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists among others, can also play a vital role in co-managed care.