Visual rehabilitation or Neuro- Optometric rehabilition is often the missing piece in a persons search for treatments to improve symptoms. Fortunately, at Ithaca Eye Care, we understand the vital role our eyes play in our quality of life.
Patients of all ages who have experienced neurological insults require neuro-optometric rehabilitation. Visual problems caused by traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular accident, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, etc., may interfere with performance causing the person to be identified as learning disabled or as having attention deficit disorder. These visual dysfunctions can manifest themselves as psychological sequelae such as anxiety and panic disorders as well as spatial dysfunctions affecting balance and posture.
According to the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), Neuro-optometric rehabilitation is an individualized treatment regimen for patients with visual deficits as a direct result of physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and other neurological insults. Neuro-optometric therapy is a process for the 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 loss.
A neuro-optometric rehabilitation treatment plan improves specific acquired vision dysfunction determined by standardized diagnostic criteria. Treatment regimens encompass medically necessary non-compensatory lenses and prisms with and without occlusion and other appropriate medical rehabilitation strategies.
Thankfully, as a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabiliation Association, Dr. Boscia has undergone extensive training and research involving vision and brain injury. At our office, we are able to offer an extensive visual-rehabilitation program. This Neuro-visual program consists of optometric vision therapy, neuro-optometric rehabiliation, corrective lenses, and phototherapy or Syntonic Optometry. This program allows our patient's to significantly reduce and often eliminate visual related symptoms post trauma.