“Making Our Seniors Matter” is an internet radio program that provides information regarding health, lifestyle, interests, businesses and much more for seniors.
I was invited to speak about the importance of visual function and how people can receive help when their vision is not allowing them to enjoy living their day to day lives. Please skip to 15:24 of the interview for my segment on Vision Therapy for seniors and how it can help them!
While I didn’t touch on every aspect of how vision therapy can help seniors in the interview, I wanted to take a moment and talk about some other issues that can affect seniors. Specifically I want to talk about different kinds of injuries that can occur to seniors.
Now, we can prevent injuries to some degree but they’re definitely not always avoidable. And after an injury, we should act quickly to treat ourselves in order to get back to being our normal selves. The issue is that we often treat just the physical aspects of the injury. But, what about the rest of the symptoms and specifically visual issues that can sometimes arise from these injuries?
Quite often after an injury we may experience symptoms that may seem unrelated to the injury such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, light sensitivity, or double vision. These symptoms can be exacerbated after performing visual tasks such as reading or using the computer.
These may be symptoms of a post traumatic visual syndrome. You may not have had a direct hit to the head but in someway or form if your head bounced or shook violently during the fall or injury you have experienced a concussion.
Visual difficulties can be very problematic and negatively affect our lives in many ways. After a concussion or brain injury, some may find everyday activities that we take for granted (such as reading, grocery shopping and socializing) very difficult.
Unfortunately, Vision Therapy is one of the last treatments people will find when they are struggling to restore their lives after a head/neck/brain injury. What I’ve experienced is that people who seek treatment of their vision soon after their injury are more likely to rehabilitate faster than those who unfortunately find treatment months or years after.
*Check out the quick video segment where I take my host through a couple of Vision Therapy exercises!
“Vision is the most important source of sensory information. Consisting of a sophisticated complex of subsystems, the visual process involves the flow and processing of information from the eyes and body to the brain. Because there is a close relationship between vision and the brain, Traumatic Brain Injury, including Concussions and Sports-related Head Injury can disrupt the visual process, interfering with the flow and processing of information. The result is a vision problem.” (www.braininjuries.org)
Brain injury is a very complex problem because our brain is the source of life. When treating it we must look at all facets of treatment options. And with vision being such a huge component, treating the visual problems can help restore the quality of your life.
For more information on the show “Making Our Seniors Matter”, visit: http://talk-radio.ca/showsschedule/glenn-elizabeth-cunningham-making-our-seniors-matter/
To read more about visual difficulties after a concussion and how vision therapy can help check out this post: http://www.alignyourvision.com/concussions-brain-injuries/