Concussions, head injuries, and strokes.
We have been helping people with brain injuries for approximately 30 years. Dr. Pirotte was asked to join the staff at Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital in 1992 after speaking to a statewide meeting of Occupational Therapists. We diagnose and treat hundreds of head injured patients each year.
Since then, our knowledge and care for these people has increased dramatically. We are the leading practice in the region for helping our patients with brain injuries.
In 2010, we were honored to be one of the first 5 practices in the nation invited to start a private practice residency. This program is designed to teach new graduate optometrists about vision
What happens in a brain injury?
More than half of the brain is involved in the act of seeing. Since the brain injury can cause tears and damages the nerve cells, vision is very likely to be affected.
People with brain injuries often experience many of the following issues:
* Extreme sensitivity to light and sound
* Have difficulty with motion of any kind, including being a passenger in a car or walking.
* Stairs can be overwhelming because of poor balance
* Double vision, blurriness
* Reading can become too difficult (can't keep their place, struggles to comprehend or even remember what was read, etc.)
* Have a loss of side vision
* Headaches, migraines, painful eyes, dizziness, nausea
* Driving can be overwhelming due to motion sickness, disorientation and confusion.
* Shortened attention span, memory issues (especially short term memory)
* Struggling to find the correct words when talking with others
* Sleep disorders
* Extreme mood swings, depression, difficulty coping with emotions, aggression
This is only a small sampling of the many issues that brain-injured people might deal with. Every brain injury is different, and symptoms can vary widely from person to person.
How can we help?
Treatment options will vary, depending on the type and severity of the brain injury. The treatment may include certain lenses that are specially tinted to help easy light sensitivity, prism lenses, or other types of lenses specially designed to help certain visual problems.
We have a wide variety of visual exercises to choose from, and we put together a program of activities tailored to each person's specific needs.
In addition to traditional activities, we also have a number of state of the art computerized visual activities.
We can easily find an appropriate array of activities to help your specific needs.
(We have a full array of treatments available, including special glasses to help the brain heal and bypass its problems, vision therapy in the office,
and many other modalities.)