A traumatic brain injury can have several adverse effects on your health and overall quality of life. While you may anticipate the cognitive and behavioral issues associated with TBIs, you may not prepare for vision troubles.
Vision troubles, however, are a potential side effect of TBI. Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center explains the common types of vision problems people develop following a TBI and how such issues may impact their quality of life.
TBI-related vision issues
Though the science behind why vision troubles develop following a TBI is complex, the types of issues you may develop are fairly narrow in nature. After your brain injury, you may experience one of the following:
- Decreased peripheral vision
- Blurred vision, especially when viewing objects up close
- Double vision
In extreme cases, you may lose your vision completely in one or both eyes.
The adverse impacts of vision problems
Visions troubles can negatively affect several aspects of your day-to-day life. For starters, they may interfere with your ability to do your work, as you may struggle to focus on text or objects up close. You may also struggle to scan or search for visual information; recognize, encode or recall visual information; or mentally focus on visual information. Moreover, vision problems may affect your depth perception, which could affect your balance, posture and ability to properly move through your surroundings.
Additionally, vision issues may cause you pain or discomfort. Lights and sounds may irritate you, and you may experience a continuous ache, chronic tearing or a sensation that your eye is “pulling.” Finally, vision troubles may cause chronic headaches or motion sickness.
A TBI can adversely affect several aspects of your life. Fortunately, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries from the at-fault party.