What are the functional differences?

Neurological Vision Loss: a type of vision loss associated with damage to the visual process centers of the brain, typically resulting from brain injury, stroke or heart attack

 
 

Neurological Vision Loss

ABI, stroke, heart attack and other forms of head trauma can all cause neurological vision loss. This type of vision loss happens in the brain, and not necessarily the structure of the eye itself. Visual processing, or identification and classification of images is what is interrupted, and not the superficial "seeing" that happens through the structure of the eye. Read AFB's introduction here. 

 

Seeking Related Therapies

Many people who experience head trauma are provided with inpatient and/or outpatient therapies. The gap in service provision usually occurs after a person returns home and needs additional home assessments and instruction. These services are available, although it often requires extra advocacy from the family to obtain. 

 

Self-Care

Rest, both for the body and visual processing systems, is essential for rehabilitation after a traumatic event. Cultivating self-care should be an integral part to any rehabilitation plan. Your therapeutic team can assist you in developing strategies and routines for taking care of you.