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How Vision and the Brain Work Together

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There’s more to a healthy vision than meets the eye. Eye Health is certainly important, but eye health alone does not ensure that someone has good visual functional skills.

The human visual system has three components: the eyes, the visual cortex, and the connecting pathways between the two. When communication between the eyes and brain is not as smooth as it should be, then information cannot get into the brain and then the brain has difficulty making sense of that information.  It could be that the connection has not developed to begin with, or it could be that it was disrupted, such as after a brain injury or stroke.  The individual may then have visual symptoms that can interfere with day-to-day tasks.  Even a mild brain injury, a concussion, can harm this communication. That’s where neuro-optometry comes into play.

What Is Neuro-Optometry?

Neuro-optometry treats vision-related symptoms at their source — the brain. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation re-establishes the connection between the eye and the brain.  Neuro-optometrists treat the underlying reason for the symptoms and conditions caused by neurological diseases, whether they are due to congenital or metabolic conditions, or due to a brain trauma.

Services offered by neuro-optometrists include:

  • Neuro-Optometric Evaluation
  • Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Visual Processing Assessment
  • Extensive Functional Visual Evaluation
  • Eye health examination

A Functional Vision Evaluation with Dr. Roth or Dr. Tiomno will assess:

  • How well the eyes work together
  • Eye Tracking
  • Visual Memory
  • How vision is integrated with balance and coordination
  • Ability to focus and aim

Who Could Benefit From Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy?

A brain injury and other neurological conditions can affect multiple parts of the body (balance, dizziness, are examples), so patients and physicians may overlook problems in the visual system due to more pressing concerns. This is why a consultation with a Neuro-Optometrist is crucial.

Patients with any of the following conditions are urged to visit a neuro-optometrist for a complete evaluation:

  • Traumatic brain injury - (even a Concussion that may seem minor)
  • Stroke
  • Chronic brain inflammation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Balance and mobility issues
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Any condition that affects the nervous system
  • Post traumatic vision syndrome
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Visual Midline shift syndrome
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Autism
  • Dyslexia

The above conditions can impair any of the following visual skills:

  • Eye Tracking
  • Eye Teaming
  • Eye Movement
  • Visual Perceptual
  • Focusing

Individuals who experience the following visual symptoms may also benefit from a consultation with a Neuro-Optometrist:

  • Blurred Vision
  • Double Vision
  • Light Sensitivity
  • Reduced cognitive abilities related to visual tasks

Treatment typically involves specialized lenses, special filters, prism, and/or in-office Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy that are tailored to each patient’s visual needs. Just as with other forms of therapy, an interdisciplinary approach, with cooperation from other health-care providers, is often required to facilitate a complete recovery from a neurological event.

Please contact us with any further questions you may have.

We, at Family Eye Care in Old Bridge serve patients from Old Bridge, Aberdeen, East Brunswick, Manalapan, Matawan, Marlboro, Monroe, Parlin. Sayreville, South Amboy, South River, Spotswood, Lawrence Harbor, Cliffwood Beach, and throughout New Jersey.