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Brain Injury Awareness Month: Why Vision Therapy Should Be Part of Your Recovery

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brain injury awarenessMarch is Brain Injury Awareness Month. There are many wonderful organizations that help individuals who have experienced a brain injury. Brain Injury Association of America and Brain Trauma Foundation are just a couple of the groups that have been conducting innovative research, also raising funds for brain injury treatments. When someone undergoes a head injury, it can be devastating and can cause life-long challenges. Injuries to the brain can also cause double vision, dizziness and difficulty reading. If you’ve had a brain injury, it’s important to contact Vision For Life for a thorough assessment.

Did you know that our eyes are a part of the brain? Because our brain is tied into our vision, it makes sense that vision problems may arise from an injury. Some head injuries may result in permanent vision problems, but often the majority of vision issues can be corrected. With Vision For Life therapy, most individuals will find out that their vision will improve significantly after treatment. Research states that 80% of people who have suffered a head injury are struggling with vision problems because of the injury. It’s important to pay attention to any vision problems that may occur after a head injury and seek help from a vision therapy specialist at our office.

We know that no matter how careful you may be or how many precautions you may take to protect your child or loved one, accidents can still happen. From skiing to skating to a supervised playdate at a park, head injuries and concussions can still arise, causing traumatic brain injuries. When someone experiences a strong blow to the head, whether it’s from a fall or a car accident, it can also affect his or her vision. Other medical conditions may also alter a person’s vision, including an aneurism, cerebral palsy, or a stroke.

Vision problems that may result from a head injury may include the following. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the below symptoms, it’s important to contact Vision For Life as soon as possible.


-Double Vision

-Blurred Vision

-Light Sensitivity

-Memory Issues

-Balance Issues

-Aching Eyes

-Comprehension Issues

– Difficulty Reading

-Dizziness, Nausea, Motion Sickness

-Lack of Depth Perception and Peripheral Vision

-Inability to Maintain Eye Contact

-Spatial Disorientation

Even if an evaluation was given by an EMT or medical doctor, vision problems are often overlooked initially, and the diagnosis shared may be that the patient is to “expect improvement over time”. The truth is, if left untreated, vision problems can become permanent. The good news is that all of the symptoms listed can be treated successfully with vision rehabilitation services at Vision For Life.

Vision For Life treatments for brain injuries include vision therapy, corrective lenses and light therapy. We offer a wide variety of options to ease and also improve vision problems that may be accompanying the head injury. Because everyone responds differently to a head injury, it’s important to receive a thorough evaluation to determine which treatment plan will be the most effective. Much like physical therapy, customized exercises and activities are part of the treatment plan to help retrain the eyes and brain so they work cohesively after a head trauma.

Brain injuries should never be treated lightly. It’s important to seek medical treatment as well as schedule an appointment with Vision For Life for a vision assessment.  Contact us at 618-288-1489 for a complete visual consultation. You can also learn more about Vision For Life by visiting our website at