Our office specializes in evaluating and treating vision problems caused by complex neurological conditions. Dr. Zost has served as a vision consultant to Shirley Ryan Ability lab for almost 20 years, evaluating and designing treatment plans for patients with vision problems following stroke and traumatic brain injury. A significant portion of the brain is devoted to processing visual information and integrating it with other sensory systems. Therefore, it is not uncommon to have visual symptoms following a stroke, concussion, or traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of post -traumatic vision syndrome include:
Blurry or fluctuating clarity of vision
Vision going in and out of focus
Visual field loss
Trouble keeping place while reading
Poor spatial judgment and depth perception
Dizziness, motion sensitivity, and balance challenges
Treatment of post-traumatic vision syndrome may include:
Specialized lenses including prisms to improve how the eyes focus, work together, reduce light sensitivity, or improve spatial awareness
Vision rehabilitation therapy
Other neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, Lyme disease, POTS/Dysautonomia., and myasthenia gravis can have similar visual symptoms.
Vestibular disorders often cause significant visual symptoms, as the visual system and vestibular system work together to maintain balance. Patients with vestibular disorders can benefit from a neuro-optometric evaluation to determine what role vision may play in their disorder, and how improving visual input and processing can reduce symptoms.
Migraines can have varying triggers, and vision may be one of them. If migraine onset seems to be related to viewing screens, reading, certain lighting conditions, or driving, a problem with how the eyes focus, work together, or process visual information may be contributing. In addition, migraine can cause light and motion sensitivity. A neuro-optometric evaluation can help determine if specialized lenses or vision therapy may aid in reducing the frequency and severity of migraines.