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      Vision rehabilitation after brain injury

      This week's "Your Health Matters" takes a look at vision therapy and how it can help patients who suffer from head injuries see a much clearer picture.

      Last summer, Mary Brundage was in a four-wheeler accident which also caused a concussion.

      "Almost immediately I could tell that my vision was impaired, and it was about three months after the accident I noticed I was still having problems seeing. I was having a hard time looking at water. If there were waves or ripples, my vision was bouncing all over the place," said Brundage.

      That is when she decided she needed help and went to vision eye therapist, Chris Erbisch.

      "There's a mismatch of information from the periphery system to the central visual system, and when that mismatch happens, the brain doesn't know what to do with it, and so it's very hard to concentrate and pay attention to what you're needing to do," said Chris Erbisch, vision therapy director from Superior Eye Health.

      To help correct a patient's vision, they have to do a variety of activities during their therapy sessions and at home.

      "It's working on what's behind the eyes, which is the pathways to the brain. So we're doing brain therapy because the eyes take in the information, but it's the brain that processes it and spits it back out again," Erbisch said.

      After several months of vision therapy, Brundage said her vision has improved.

      "I've gotten a lot more eye control where I can actually look from one object to the next and get my eyes to move quickly. Shortly after the accident, I would look at a tree and I could see the trunk. I could tell that the top was green, but I couldn't define the leaves. Everything's getting sharper," Brundage said.

      For more information on vision therapy, click here.

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