TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CLINIC
Last year, the MEDARVA Low Vision Center launched into a new venture treating
patients whose vision has been damaged due to traumatic brain injury. This
offering is unique in the region and offers head trauma patients an option that has
been traditionally unavailable. Through specialized neuro-optometric
rehabilitation therapy, injured patients are provided with hard-to-find, but
necessary treatment. Many patients return weekly for therapeutic treatments, and
are often able to return to school and work. Through the end of September, 50
patients had been seen in the traumatic brain injury clinic.
WHAT IS A TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as an injury, “caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.”
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY STATISTICS
- 5.3 million Americans are disabled as a result of a TBI
- 168,000 Virginians are disabled as a result of a TBI
- Two of the most common reasons for TBIs are: falls and motor vehicle accidents
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY REHABILITATION THERAPY
The MEDARVA Low Vision Center provides the appropriate neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy to restore the visual skills and abilities that were impaired as a result of the brain injury.
Many people are unaware that the visual system can be affected. We often think of vision as simply what we see; however, vision also includes how the brain makes sense of what we see. As a result, the visual pathway can be damaged.