Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

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An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain that occurs after birth and results in brain damage. This damage may be acquired through any external force including blows to the head and violent movements of the body. Other causes may include oxygen deprivation (due to strokes), infection, tumors, toxicity, surgery, and vascular disorders not associated with aging.

Vision problems are a common symptom associated with acquired brain or traumatic brain injuries. Did you know that vision disorders are among the most common symptoms following a brain injury? We offer optometric management for patients experiencing difficulties doing daily tasks that were once easy. With a thorough vision assessment, we can identify which of our services will help you on your road to recovery.

If you or someone you know has recently suffered from a brain injury or stroke, our services can help improve visual function and reduce symptoms.

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What To Expect

Problems Associated with ABI

A significant number of patients with ABI will display signs and symptoms that indicate a vision problem. The Eye Institute offers the latest technology and services to help you or your loved one decrease symptoms and enhance visual efficiency and clarity. Our dedicated faculty and students work together to create a positive, encouraging environment.

  • Blurred vision
  • Reduced reading speed
  • Difficulty with scanning
  • Headaches/Eyestrain
  • Fatigue with near tasks Double vision
  • Dizziness
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Decreased attention

How We Help & Getting Started

The Eye Institute offers optometric management services for ABI patients, including:

  • Treatment of ocular disease or injury, either directly or by co-management with other healthcare professionals
  • Treatment of visual dysfunction utilizing lenses, prisms, occlusion, low vision devices, and/or vision therapy
  • Counseling and education of
    patients, family, or caregivers about the patient’s visual problems, functional implications, goals, prognosis, and management options
  • Consultation with other professionals involved in the rehabilitation and healthcare of the patient

An initial evaluation of the patient with brain injury may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Comprehensive eye and vision examination
  • Extended sensorimotor evaluation
  • Higher cerebral function assessment of visual information processing
  • Low vision evaluation
  • Extended visual eld evaluation
  • Electrodiagnostic testing

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