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Brain Injuries


Dr. Jacobs frequently sees patients with brain injuries and/or neurological disorders, including those with stroke, TBI, concussions, cerebral palsy and various genetic disorders.  A visual dysfunction is likely to be present and is often an interference for these patients. A thorough functional vision assessment (minimum 90 minutes) is scheduled to determine the impact of the injury/condition on everyday performance.


Treatment options:
Therapeutic lenses:  Lenses can be used (often incorporating PRISMS)  to eliminate/decrease double vision or to help with balance.
Optometric Vision Therapy:  An individualized treatment program to develop/enhance the functioning of the visual system.

Concussions

Robert Jacobs, OD has treated post-concussion patients for more than 20 years. In the past, these patients were mainly adult, car-accident victims and were referred by rehabilitation facilities.  Recently, the practice has seen a major increase in children and teens with sports-related concussions.  The visual problems resulting from these injuries are often not correctly diagnosed.  Along with vestibular problems, the visual effects of a concussion are what prevents the patient from returning to pre-concussion status.

Post-concussive visual symptoms:

  • Unusual fatigue with reading, computer work, tv watching or driving
  • Headaches, dizziness or nausea with above activities
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Discomfort with normal movements of objects in front of the patient
  • Intermittent blurring when reading


Treatment Options:
Lenses:  Many patients can be helped immediately with tinted lenses, prism glasses and/or a change in everyday reading or distance glasses.
Optometric Vision Therapy:  Some, but not all, patients can benefit greatly from vision therapy.

Neuro-Optometric Evaluation

Please contact the office today if you are interested in more information or to schedule a Neuro-optometric Evaluation.