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Traumatic Brain Injuries Breaks the Visual System — And Self Esteem

Traumatic Brain Injuries Can Harm the Visual System And Self EsteemA traumatic brain injury (TBI) often breaks the vital communication between the brain and the visual system, and this brings on disabling symptoms. People often have symptoms of blurred vision, double vision, difficulty reading, and dizziness.  Individuals may then feel anxious, depressed, and have low self-esteem.

When someone suffers a brain injury due to a car crash, a concussion, or a stroke, they may no longer be able to do the things they were able to do before.  They may have recurring headaches that require the individual to take breaks frequently when working or studying.  They may have chronic dizziness, and this can lead to difficulty driving, making the individual dependent on others. A child that has suffered a TBI or a concussion may be not be able to play group sports or activities.  They may then feel “alone” or “different.”

That’s where we come in. If you or a loved one has suffered even a mild TBI, speak with Dr. Roth or Dr. Tiomno.   We can often help.   We begin with a comprehensive examination and then a functional vision evaluation to determine what specific course of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation program will help you.

Signs of Emotional Distress Following a TBI

A brain injury can cause double vision or eye tracking problems.  Reading a book or catching a ball can then become a struggle and extremely frustrating.   That can then lead someone who has suffered a brain injury to become sad, have lowered self-esteem, or even become depressed. Be alert for these signs:

  • Social withdrawal
  • Persistent feelings of sadness
  • Lack of interest in personal hygiene or appearance
  • Negative self-talk
  • Lack of motivation
  • Being irritable or moody
  • Reduced or lack of appetite

How a Neuro-Optometrist Can Help

It can be discouraging to hear from other health professionals that there’s nothing to be done for lingering TBI symptoms. Many professional just say to take time off or sit in a darkened room.  The good news is that we, Neuro-Optometrists, can help post-TBI patients in ways that few other health care providers can.

Neuro-Optometry deals with the visual system and how it impacts daily functioning. The eyes as the most direct way to get information to the brain.  The brain then sends signals to the eyes where they should move or point to.   When we work on the brain through the visual system so the two communicate more effectively, symptoms like dizziness, headache, and nausea are significantly improved. 

We can help patients regain abilities by retraining the eye to brain communication.

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation is like putting the "tools" back into the "toolbox", and once that is done, the individual can return to doing the things they want to be able to.  This can be life-changing.  Children can then return to being able to play with friends on the soccer field or basketball court. Adults can then return to being the person they once were and can be more productive at work.  They can then return to being able to exercise and socialize.  Returning to these activities can boost self-esteem and feelings of self-worth.

We understand the challenges that accompany a traumatic brain injury and how it can affect self-esteem.

Call us to schedule a Neuro-Optometric Evaluation so we can help you solve the visual problems you have after your brain injury.

We serve patients from Old Bridge, and the surrounding towns of Aberdeen, East Brunswick, Manalapan, Matawan, Marlboro, Monroe, Parlin. Sayreville, South Amboy, South River, Spotswood, Lawrence Harbor, Cliffwood Beach, and throughout New Jersey.  

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