Vision

Question: My son had a traumatic brain injury and was in a drug induced coma for 3 weeks, but since out of the coma he cannot see anything. I am trying to find out if anything can be done to help his vision. From what I have been told he does have damage to the occipital lobe, so are there doctors that specialize in this that he can see to find out if anything can be done? He is 22 years old and I hate for him to be blind the rest of his life, plus rehabilitation is much harder without his vision! 

Answer: I am sorry to hear of your son's traumatic brain injury. Have you consulted with a neuro-optometrist? These are eye doctors that specialize in the connection that the eyes make with the brain. There is an organization called NORA or Neuro-optometric rehabilitation association that can help you find a provider in your area. The organization's website is:

https://nora.cc/

This of course, is not a "cure all" but it may be able to provide you with some answers regarding your son's blindness.

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Question: My 10 month old baby boy seems to have vision problem due to Neonatal Brain injoury in occipital region of right cerebral as per the MRI report. The symptoms he is showing are as follows:
1. Less eye contact. When called he doesn't look towards the person who is calling. even if he looks at the person it lasts for few seconds only.
2. His neck movement doesn't seem to be flexible.
3. He sleeps less and takes very less food.
So my family is worried about him and his vision. We consulted Doctors in Bangladesh but they couldn't tell us how far my boy can see or what is the problem regarding his vision?
Can you please give us some idea about the vision of my boy and what are the possibilities of vision recovery from this conditions? what are the treatments available for this problem? Will my boy be able to read and write?

Answer: As you may know, the occipital lobe of the brain (where your son has his injury) is responsible for visual perception (making sense out of visual images), visual processing, & reading (specifically the aspects of perception and recognition of printed words).The occipital lobe of the brain is making sense out of the images that the eyes are sending to it for processing, so it is possible that your son's eyes and vision are normal, but that the brain is not able to interpret or make sense of the images it is receiving from the eyes.

In the United States, we have vision specialists called Neurodevelopmental optometrists that can assess vision issues following a brain injury. These professionals are able to prescribe exercises or in some case, special lenses that can assist with getting the eyes and the brain to communicate effectively. I am not sure if these professionals are available in Bangladesh, but here is the website where you can find more information on vision and brain injury: https://nora.cc/index.php There is an area where you an "find a provider" and you may be able to reach out to specialists who could provide you more detailed information on vision and brain injury.

The infant brain is able to compensate for injuries much more easily than the adult brain can. I am glad that your son was diagnosed with his vision issues early on so that his brain can "rewire" to find another pathway to process visual information since his visual pathway seems to have been damaged.  

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