An entry from Lori, vision therapist at Vision Therapy Institute of Florida:
Day by day, we are working to shed light on how issues and problems with vision can affect our lives. Two weeks ago, Dr. Martin gave a presentation entitled, “Vision Therapy And How It Applies To Activities of Daily Living in Traumatic Brain Injury” at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach, FL. Healthcare professionals throughout the community attended the lecture, such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, and registered nurses.
Dr. Martin gave a very educational and engaging lecture. Many heard for the first time these amazing points about vision:
• “Only 10-20% of what you see now is based on what’s in front of you, and the other 80-90% is made up of memories of what you expect to see from past visual experiences.” Vision is learned!
• “80% of what we learn in our lifetime comes through our visual process.” Vision is very important for learning.
• “If you mechanically stimulate any part of the brain, you will get an eye movement.” Vision is almost always affected with a brain injury.
• “90% of brain injuries lead to vision problems, including eye movement problems, focusing problems, peripheral vision loss and double vision.”
I can really relate to these statements, as a vision therapist. I see how optometric vision therapy is not just about training the eye muscles, but also about training (or retraining) the brain.
Vision therapy can be great for so many conditions, including after a stroke or accident and it is recommended that vision training be started as soon as the person is medically stable.
The therapists discussed how vision training with a behavioral optometrist can help them help their clients reach their goals faster. Sometimes these goals are specifically about vision, like being able to see more clearly. But often, their goals are about how to have better balance, be able to dress and button a shirt, turn on the stove, etc, and these skills are all easier with good vision!
We look forward to being able to help these individuals who have suffered from a brain injury to be able to see, move and live easier!