Vision Rehabilitation

Dr. Zost has spent the last 25 years actively advancing the art and science of vision rehabilitation for the neurologically and cognitively injured and disabled survivor population and their families. As an optometrist and educator, Dr. Zost recognizes the crucial role of vision in human performance. He emphasizes treatment modalities in the form of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation designed to optimize frequently neglected visual-motor, visual-perceptual and visual information processing dysfunction in the neurologically affected person.

A brain injury can be as simple as a mild concussion or whiplash or be more involved such a stroke or a brain tumor. Any insult to the brain can affect thirty-five different areas of the brain including many aspects of vision. This in turn may result in challenges with carrying out normal daily tasks. Fortunately, through the advancements of neuro-optometric care, much can be done to help alleviate these symptoms.

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation is an individualized treatment regimen for patients experiencing visual deficits as a direct result of physical disabilities, traumatic and/or acquired brain injuries. Neuro-Optometric Therapy is the process of rehabilitation of visual/perceptual/motor disorders. It includes, but is not limited to, acquired strabismus, diplopia, binocular dysfunction, convergence, and/or accommodation, paresis/paralysis, oculomotor dysfunction, visual spatial dysfunction, visual perceptual and cognitive deficits, and traumatic visual acuity or peripheral visual field loss.

Patients of all ages with brain injury can benefit from Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation. Interestingly, visual dysfunctions from brain injury can manifest themselves as psychological sequela such as anxiety and panic disorders as well as spatial dysfunctions affecting balance and posture. Some of the symptoms may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Constant or intermittent double vision
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Peripheral Visual field loss or visual neglect
  • Reading difficulties
  • Frequent headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Dizziness while moving or walking
  • Squinting or eyestrain
  • Poor eye-hand coordination

Dr. Zost works closely with most of the Chicago-land rehabilitation facilities including the #1 rehabilitiation center in the country, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he has been on staff for over 10 years. He actively assists the therapy staff and referring physicians to monitor each patient’s progress and make recommendations to help improve visual processing, sensory input, and balance. If you yourself have suffered any form of brain injury or you know of someone else that has and is experiencing visual challenges, please feel free to contact our office to arrange for an appointment with Dr. Zost.