Brain Injury / Concussion
Visual deficits are among the most common results of a concussion / brain injury. Research shows nearly 70% of concussion patients suffer from vision problems. This occurs because the visual system is directly connected to many other sensory systems to allow for the proper integration of information processing.
Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, is a visual condition where one eye sees poorly even with use of glasses or contact lenses.
Amblyopia can often occur as a direct result of Strabismus (eye turn / crossed eyes) or differences in clarity between the two eyes (due to farsightedness, nearsightedness or astigmatism). When the brain has a difficult time interpreting the visual information from the two eyes because differences in clarity or alignment, the brain begins to ignore one eye and amblyopia occurs.
Many people with autism have hypersensitive vision, and are overwhelmed by visual input that their brains cannot interpret, leading to a mismatch between their eyes and body. This disintegration of sensory input from their eyes and body causes issues in information processing which makes it difficult to gather and derive meaning from the visual system.
Sports / Athletic Performance
There are times when an athlete’s vision can be improved without wearing glasses. We use therapy to strengthen areas your eyes that may have become weakened. We also use therapy to improve your reaction and timing so that your eyes will be stronger than most people’s.
Retained Motor Reflexes
Motor reflexes are involuntary movement patterns directed by the brainstem, meaning they are not under conscious control. They emerge in-utero and during the early weeks/months of life play an essential role in infant survival and development.
These reflexes have a limited life span and lay the foundation for more precise movement. Eye movements are considered the most precise and neurologically demanding motor skills initiated by the brain. When earlier general body movement patterns do not develop appropriately, visual skills tend to be poorly controlled and loosely integrated.
Syntonics Light Therapy
Nebraska Visual Integration Center is one of the only offices in Nebraska to provide this service to our patients. Typically, syntonics (also known as light therapy), will be used as a supplement to office-based Vision Therapy. Although it may sound like an unorthodox method for treating visual conditions, syntonics is firmly grounded in neuroscience. Through the application of selected light through the eyes, syntonics treats and improves vision problems. When light enters the eyes, it doesn’t only serve vision, but effects certain retinal nerves connected to non-visual brain centers such as the hypothalamus and pineal gland. These centers influence all nervous system functioning including vision.