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Does Vision Therapy Help Concussion?  

January 1, 2023

Concussion is a common injury. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 3.8 million people experience them each year in the United States. Concussion symptoms can be quite serious, especially when they involve vision problems. 

While no treatment will magically cure a concussion, vision therapy—a type of specialized rehabilitation—has helped many patients overcome the vision problems associated with a concussion. 

Read on as a Oxnard, CA optometrist talks about concussions and how vision therapy can help.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that results from a blow to the head or body. The severity of concussions can vary from mild to severe, but symptoms typically disappear within days or weeks.

Unfortunately, concussion is a common injury. It’s the most common type of head injury and is most common in contact sports and young adults.

Your Visual System 

The visual system is affected in individuals with a concussion.

You may have difficulty with:

  • Eye movement
  • Visual problems
  • Concentration problems
  • Fatigue
  • Balance and coordination

These are all common symptoms of a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, it’s best to get checked out by an eye doctor, preferably one who specializes in vision therapy. 

How Can Vision Therapy Help?

Vision therapy can be beneficial for post-concussion vision problems.

Unlike other forms of physical or cognitive rehabilitation, vision therapy does not focus on recovery from the injury but instead aims to improve the visual system’s ability to process information and make sense of the world around you.

This type of therapy is typically only offered by an optometrist or ophthalmologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with concussions.

Vision therapy has helped many patients overcome the vision problems associated with a concussion. And it’s actually an important part of the treatment of concussion.

It helps with:

  • Improving coordination and balance
  • Improving eye tracking and focusing skills
  • Improving reading and writing skills
  • Improving visual perception and processing speed 
  • Treating headaches and migraines after a concussion 
  • Treating eye fatigue
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Helping people with ADHD, Dyslexia, and other learning disabilities
  • Improving performance at work or school

Vision therapy can be used as a standalone treatment for many of the symptoms associated with concussion, or it can be used in combination with other treatments such as physical therapy.  

If you have more questions or wish to schedule a consultation, please feel free to call us, your local Oxnard, CA optometrist today!

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