In the weeks leading up to the recent eclipse, there was a lot of talk and education regarding vision safety. NASA and other organizations warned that it is never safe to look directly at the sun and offered advice for proper use of protective viewing glasses or alternative viewing methods.

But did you know our vision is much more than whether or not we can see clearly?

Many people who suffer a stroke, traumatic brain injury or other neurological event have vision deficits that affect their ability to perform daily tasks, read, drive or return to school and work. Some of these visual symptoms and deficits include:

  • Double vision
  • Running into things
  • Losing your place when reading
  • Headaches
  • Light sensitivity
  • Shutting one eye to help perform a task
  • Spatial distortion
  • Missing parts of objects, faces, words

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may wish to speak with your doctor regarding a consult with a neuro-optometrist and/or an occupational therapist to address your concerns.

Experts at Madonna provide vision rehabilitation for individuals who had their sight affected by a serious illness or injury.  Neuro-optometrist Tanner Gates, O.D., consults with patients through their rehabilitation journey, from inpatient to outpatient, at Madonna's campuses in Lincoln and Omaha.

“When a patient presents to Madonna following a serious injury or illness that results in visual deficits, they begin our vision rehabilitation program with an assessment of overall neurovisual functioning. As these are injuries and illnesses affecting the brain, we are working with brain-based visual deficits as opposed to eyesight issues. If present, these brain-based visual deficits impact many life skills and go far beyond seeing clearly," explained Dr. Gates. "Double vision, peripheral vision loss, as well as deficits in eye movement coordination and depth perception can negatively impact all other therapies if not identified and rehabilitated. After evaluation, a multidisciplinary approach is implemented with our care team and an individualized vision rehabilitative treatment plan is put in place to get each patient back to doing the things most important to them in life, like work and driving. ”

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