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Regain Hope Through Neuro-Optometry in Shelburne

Your vision is not just about seeing clearly; it's about your overall well-being. Discover renewed hope and improved quality of life with compassionate neuro-optometric services at Shelburne Primary EyeCare.

From relieving headaches and migraines to restoring visual abilities after a stroke or traumatic brain injury, our personalized approach ensures tailored care for your unique needs. Let us be your partner in regaining stability, balance, and the joy of clear vision.

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The Mind-Eye Connection: Neuro-Optometry Explained

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Neuro-optometry is a specialized branch of eye care that focuses on the intricate relationship between the eyes (optometry) and the brain (neurology).

Visual dysfunctions resulting from neurological conditions, injuries, or developmental problems can affect your visual experience and cause specific symptoms, including:

  • Double-vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye-teaming and eye-tracking problems
  • Visual field loss
  • Extreme sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Eye focusing problems

Neuro-optometry deals with assessing and treating these underlying symptoms to restore the patient's visual abilities.

Discover the Benefits of Neuro-Optometry in Shelburne

Our highly trained neuro-optometrists, Dr. Colette Whiting and Dr. Sandra Gillis-Kennedy understand how the brain processes visual information. They go beyond regular eye exams to diagnose and address complex vision problems, offering their patients renewed hope and improved quality of life.

How Neuro-Optometry Can Alleviate Headaches and Migraines

Life with chronic headaches or migraines can be a constant struggle, impacting everything from work to personal relationships. But did you know that the solution to relief might lie in your vision?

Neuro-optometry can help find the visual dysfunction contributing to your headaches and migraines. Through comprehensive assessments and tailored neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy, we can target the root causes, alleviating your pain and improving your overall visual function.

medical-plus medical-plus How Can I Tell if My Headache Is Vision-Related?

A comprehensive vision evaluation is the best way to determine if your headache or migraine is connected to your vision. If you experience any of the following symptoms, book an appointment at Shelburne Primary EyeCare for an assessment and possible treatment: 

  • Stabbing or dull pain around the eyes
  • Daily headaches
  • Throbbing pain around the eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Frontal headaches (brow ache) 
Dr. Colette Whiting and Dr. Sandra Gillis-Kennedy

Dr. Colette Whiting and Dr. Sandra Gillis-Kennedy

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Regain Balance: Understanding Vestibular Dysfunction

Are you frequently plagued by dizziness, vertigo, or constant unsteadiness? You might be suffering from vestibular dysfunction, a condition affecting the inner ear’s balance function. The good news is that neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy can effectively treat these debilitating symptoms.

By conducting a comprehensive evaluation, our neuro-optometrists can help correct the underlying causes of vestibular disorders. We retrain the brain and eyes through personalized treatment plans to improve gaze stability, postural control, and daily living activities. Regain your balance and control of your life by scheduling a consultation today!

medical-plus medical-plus What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) or Vestibular Rehabilitation (VR)?

VRT or VR is a targeted therapy within the larger neuro-rehabilitation therapy umbrella. It is an exercise-based therapy carefully designed to alleviate primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular disorders. Working alongside neuro-optometrists, VRT therapists focus on improving visual skills through various head, body, and eye exercises.
The therapy retrains the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system, coordinating them with vision cues. The VRT program includes habituation exercises and eye exercises tailored to each individual's unique needs and can be performed at home for better outcomes and quicker rehabilitation.

Overcoming Traumatic Brain Injury: The Impact on Vision

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can profoundly impact your vision, leading to headaches, blurred vision, and reading difficulties, among other challenges. As part of an integrated team approach, neuro-optometric rehabilitation offers effective treatment to address TBI-related visual disorders and promote recovery.

Through personalized treatment plans, including neuro-optometric rehabilitation, Dr. Colette Whiting and Dr. Sandra Gillis-Kennedy aim to retrain your visual system and eliminate post-TBI symptoms. If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury, seek specialized neuro-optometric care at Shelburne Primary EyeCare for improved vision and quality of life.

medical-plus medical-plus What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden injury damages the brain, either through a closed head injury that doesn't break the skull or a penetrating head injury that causes a skull fracture. Falls account for approximately 47% of TBIs, with other causes including blunt force trauma, car accidents, and violent assaults. TBI symptoms include headaches, confusion, dizziness, convulsions, poor concentration, memory issues, and personality changes. Due to the brain's role in processing vision, TBIs often lead to vision problems.

medical-plus medical-plus Do Vision Problems Develop Right After a Brain Injury?

Not necessarily. Visual problems following a brain injury are often overlooked during the immediate treatment due to more urgent medical concerns. Additionally, symptoms may not manifest until some time has passed after the injury. Seeking care from a neuro-optometric rehabilitation optometrist as early as possible is crucial for efficient treatment, as early diagnosis leads to more effective management of visual problems.


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Strokes and Vision: How Neuro-Optometry Can Help

Strokes (cerebrovascular accidents) can lead to various visual impairments due to brain damage. About 60% of stroke survivors develop visual problems, such as double vision, visual field loss, eye movement abnormalities, and sensitivity to light.

Neuro-optometrists like Dr. Colette Whiting and Dr. Sandra Gillis-Kennedy specialize in evaluating and treating post-stroke visual deficits. Through neuro-optometric rehabilitation, they help patients recover visual function, memory, and balance while reducing symptoms like blurriness and dizziness. Neuro-optometry promotes neuroplasticity to establish new brain pathways and aid in stroke recovery.

medical-plus medical-plus What Are Some Common Post-Stroke Vision Impairment Symptoms?

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision (diplopia)
  • Visual field loss
  • Abnormalities in eye movements
  • Visual perceptual defects
  • Extreme sensitivity to bright light (photophobia)
  • Difficulty recognizing familiar objects or people

Are you or a loved one experiencing vision problems related to neurological conditions, traumatic brain injuries, strokes, or vestibular dysfunction? Don't let these challenges hold you back from living life to the fullest. Our skilled neuro-optometrists in Shelburne, Dr. Colette Whiting and Dr. Sandra Gillis-Kennedy can help! Take the first step toward a brighter future by scheduling a comprehensive neuro-optometric evaluation today.

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