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Neuro-Optometry: Restoring Vision, Balance, and Quality of Life

Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, and Concussions

Neuro-optometrists specialize in the treatment of conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), and stroke.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Due to the extensive involvement of the brain in visual processing, TBI often leads to vision problems. Research indicates that approximately 90% of TBI patients experience some form of vision disruption, resulting from impaired communication between the eyes and the brain.

Mild Brain Injury (MTBI) – Concussions

Despite being classified as mild, concussions are still brain injuries capable of causing persistent and debilitating symptoms, impacting normal brain function. Visual symptoms are particularly prevalent among children, teenagers, and individuals over 60 years old. If you or a family member has suffered a concussion or similar head trauma like whiplash, it is highly recommended to undergo a comprehensive eye examination without delay.


A stroke, also referred to as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), occurs when there is a sudden interruption of blood supply to a part of the brain or when a blood vessel bursts, resulting in bleeding around brain cells. The ocular changes associated with a stroke encompass sensory aspects (visual acuity and visual field), motor aspects (movement of the extraocular muscles), and perceptual aspects.

If you or a loved one is dealing with any of these conditions, consulting with a neuro-optometrist can provide valuable insight and appropriate treatment options.

The Intersection of Neurology and Optometry

Neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy is a personalized treatment program designed for individuals who have experienced visual deficits due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion, neurological conditions, or diseases. This innovative therapy utilizes the latest techniques and interventions in neuroplasticity and visual function to help patients develop or regain essential visual skills necessary for learning and optimal daily functioning.

Undiagnosed vision conditions, as well as those resulting from traumatic brain injury or neurological diseases, can give rise to various problems, including:

  • Double vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulties with eye teaming and eye tracking
  • Visual field loss
  • Heightened sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Eye focusing issues

Through an interdisciplinary approach, neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy addresses the root causes of the aforementioned symptoms.

If you or a loved one is grappling with a neurological disease, trauma, or related conditions, we encourage you to visit Dr. Troy Wagner for a comprehensive eye examination and discover the potential benefits of neuro-optometric solutions.

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Contact us or submit a request to schedule a functional vision assessment at Child & Family Eye Care without delay. We are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to assist you or your family member in attaining complete visual function, which in turn can result in heightened success, confidence, and an improved quality of life.

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With its proven track record, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Therapy offers remarkable efficacy in addressing a diverse array of vision problems stemming from brain injuries and neurological disorders.

Our doctors, who possess exceptional expertise and are based in The Woodlands, will skillfully diagnose eye-teaming, focusing, and visual tracking issues. They will then prescribe a tailored neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy program, empowering you to embrace and live your best life!

In the aftermath of a brain injury, visual abnormalities often go unnoticed during initial treatment, as the patient’s focus is on urgent and life-threatening concerns that demand immediate medical attention. Additionally, these symptoms may not manifest until some time has elapsed after the injury. Therefore, it is crucial to consult a Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Optometrist at the earliest opportunity.

It is important to note that early diagnosis facilitates more effective treatment outcomes.

It is essential to understand that routine school screenings and standard eye exams typically evaluate visual acuity alone, neglecting the assessment of vital vision skills required for activities such as sports, extensive computer use, reading, and learning. Moreover, it is possible to have poor visual skills even without the need for glasses. Hence, a comprehensive functional vision exam becomes essential to determine if a child possesses inadequate visual skills. If so, a personalized vision therapy program will be tailored to aid the patient in achieving their full potential and success.

Neuro-optometry provides valuable assistance to individuals experiencing the following conditions:

  • Head and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Concussion
  • Cerebral vascular accidents (CVA), also known as strokes
  • Cerebral palsy (CP)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Autism
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Diabetic neuropathy

By addressing visual concerns and optimizing visual function, neuro-optometry plays a significant role in supporting individuals with these conditions to enhance their overall quality of life.

The duration of specific rehabilitation programs can vary, ranging from weeks to months or even years, depending on the severity of the injury and the resulting visual impact. Each individual case is unique, and the length of the program will be determined based on the specific needs and progress of the person undergoing rehabilitation.

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