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