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Founded in 1994, the Head Trauma Vision Rehabilitation Unit at the University Eye Center provides comprehensive ocular and visual services to individuals with acquired brain injuries.

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Head Trauma Services

Strokes, car accidents, falls, physical assaults, pedestrian accidents or brain surgery can often disrupt the visual process and interfere with the information flow and processing in the brain. Our doctors and practitioners seek to enhance our patients’ visual capabilities in order to improve their daily activities and quality of life. We serve as a resource for rehabilitation hospitals and centers, physiatrists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, neuropsychologists and other rehabilitation health care professionals throughout the region. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative measures and our team is actively involved in research and continuing professional education.

Many of our patients experience one or more of the following symptoms:
  • Reading difficulties
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Aching eyes
  • Visually induced headaches
  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Light sensitivity
  • Loss of visual field
  • Double vision
  • Comprehension difficulty

Some patients come to us several years after their initial injury or trauma. Their visual and ocular problems were either overlooked during their initial treatment of the injury or did not become apparent until later.

Evaluations
An initial consultation consists of a personal interview with a visual rehabilitative optometrist, including a comprehensive review of the patient’s visual problem and medical history. Numerous diagnostic tests relating to ocular motor function, refractive status, accommodative status, visual field and ocular health might also be conducted. Two to three visits may be required to complete this evaluation. With the patient’s written authorization, a report can be sent to a referring practitioner.

The comprehensive evaluation includes:
  • Refractive evaluation
  • Ocular health assessment and management
  • Diagnosis of diplopia (double vision), visual field defects and visual neglect
  • State-of-the-art visual field evaluation
  • Electro-diagnostic assessment of eye movements
  • Visual skills evaluation

Treatment
After reviewing the findings from the comprehensive evaluation, a treatment plan is developed which may include special prism spectacles, vision therapy, referral and follow-up with other members of a patient’s health care team. The patient is periodically reevaluated by our team in order to monitor and, if necessary, alter the individual treatment plan in order to achieve the most favorable outcome.

Scheduling an Appointment
To schedule an appointment call (212) 938-4001 or click here