If experiencing persistent double vision, you may be dealing with a more serious health matter than temporary double vision. Learn which neurological conditions and injuries can affect visual health, and conversely, when double vision might be a sign of larger health issues.
Head and Brain Injuries
The eyes are direct extensions of the brain and are even made of the same neurosensory tissue. Seventy percent of the sensory information your brain needs to interpret your environment and direct action comes from the eyes alone. When your head is injured, visual perception and learning are consequently impacted.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Participating in sports or dangerous activities can lead to brain injury, as can vehicle accidents, falling, assault, and combat. Vision therapy may be necessary after experiencing brain trauma.
Non-Traumatic Brain Injury
If you normally have good vision but experience double vision suddenly, you may be dealing with a non-traumatic brain injury due to a stroke, infection, or tumor. Prioritize a trip to the doctor—if they can’t identify the cause of your sudden visual impairment, they may send you to a neurologist or neurosurgeon for further investigation. If double vision persists after proper diagnosis and treatment vision therapy rehabilitation is needed.
Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Parkinson’s disease may cause double vision. Developmental optometrists with knowledge of these neurological conditions can help mitigate double vision’s impact.
Symptoms of Neurological Damage
More than 50% of individuals will have a visual or visual-cognitive disorder after experiencing neurological damage. Watch out for the following symptoms to get the help you need.
Direct Vision Problems and Sensitivities
Vision problems associated with neurological damage include acute onset of double vision, blurry vision, and eye turns. Nausea, sensitivity to light, dizziness, headaches, motion sickness, and dry eyes also indicate the presence of a neurological injury or condition.
Incapacities and Behavioral Changes
Sudden changes in everyday behavior, like bumping into objects or walking on only one side of a hallway, can be signs of neurological conditions or damage. Other suspect behavioral changes include extreme tiredness while reading or doing computer work and intolerance to loud noises and crowded places.
The Importance of Visual Therapy
Visual symptoms resulting from neurological damage may seem obvious, but many problems go undetected or misdiagnosed by standard eye exams. It’s imperative to work with a qualified visual therapist and developmental optometrist specializing in neuro-optometric rehabilitation to thoroughly investigate your condition.
Doctors certified in neuro-optometry and visual rehabilitation at OCVT evaluate patients’ conditions, going far beyond eye sight and health, to provide in-depth, accurate diagnoses and treatment rehabilitation plans. OCVT doctors will evaluate general vision, eye and brain coordination, and integrations (visual motor integration and coordination, processing speed, and balance and posture). With neuro-optometric rehabilitation treatment plans in place, patients can reduce visual symptoms impairment and improve everyday function.
In addition to these services, OCVT is proud to work with Texas’ only FNORA professional (Fellow of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association). Dr. Briana Larson brings advanced clinical abilities and scientific knowledge to her practice, specializing in helping patients recover from visual-cognitive disorders.
Schedule an Appointment with OCVT Today
If you’re experiencing persistent double vision or you’ve suffered a head or brain injury, we encourage you to schedule an exam with one of our developmental optometrists. Fill out our contact form or schedule a consultation with us here. We look forward to addressing your vision questions and concerns so you can see more clearly and confidently.