Neuro-Visual Rehabilitation is an individualized treatment program for patients with visual deficits as a direct result of physical disabilities, traumatic and / or acquired brain injuries. Neuro-Visual 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.
Patients of all ages who experienced neurological insults require Neuro-Visual Rehabilitation. Visual problems caused by Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebrovascular Accidents, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, etc. may interfere with performance causing the person to be identified as Learning Disabled or as having Attention Deficits Disorder. These visual dysfunctions can manifest themselves as psychological sequela such as anxiety and panic disorders as well as spatial dysfunctions affecting balance and posture.
A Neuro-Visual Rehabilitation treatment plan improves specific acquired vision dysfunction determined by standardized diagnostic criteria. Treatment programs encompass medically necessary noncompensatory lenses and prisms with and without occlusion and other appropriate medical rehabilitation strategies.
Dr. Shidlofsky is a member of the medical staff at: Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation-Frisco, Warm Spring Rehabilitation Hosptal in Allen and Excel Rehabilitation in Plano. In addition, he is the vision consultant for Centre for Neuro Skills in Irving and Pate Rehabilitation in Dallas and Anna.
Source: Post Trauma Vision Syndrome: Part I
By William V. Padula, OD and Stephanie Argyris, OD