Welcome to EyeMind Neuro Visual Rehabilitation and the start of your or a loved one’s recovery to clear, single, stable and comfortable vision.

The brain is the most complex and neat file cabinet in the world. It is adaptable, intelligent and keeps itself  perfectly organized. Every bit of new information is carefully sorted, filed and easily accessible.  Imagine then that someone comes  along and tips this perfect file cabinet over…  Files and papers strewn everywhere on the floor.

Stroke and concussion injuries are known as one of the “feared” illnesses. They are grouped together with heart attack, diabetes, cancer, and HIV. When a person suffers from a stroke or brain injury (concussion, brain operation, brain tumor, car accident or beating), one can assume that this person will experience problems with understanding, speech, swallowing, concentration and orientation.

We understand that you or your loved one find activities linked to vision very difficult and challenging at the moment.  Our program aims to assist in systematically building back visual skills.  With our Neuro-vision rehabilitation program, we aim to assist in building visual systems back to a level where a patient can regain clear, comfortable, reliable vision and vision related functionality.  Just as it took the brain and visual system a long time to gradually and systematically build the vision skills and integration with all other senses, so the process of rehabilitation will need time, patience, dedication and persistence. We know it will at times be difficult and frustrating, but we are here to help, assist and guide our patients through the process. 

Visual midline shift syndrome (VMSS) affects balance and posture and causes displacement of body mass leading to impaired mobility and orientation.  It is important to assess patients with these symptoms for signs of dysfunction of visual etiology.

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In 2016 Deidre de Jongh started further development of academic proficiency in neuro optometric rehabilitation with a view of participating in the rehabilitation of the patient with traumatic brain injury while advocating the benefit of vision rehabilitation as a supporting therapy in a multidisciplinary approach.

Post traumatic brain injury patients display an array of visual deficits in terms of coordination, balance, veering during mobility and orientation. These individuals often experience difficulty to concentrate on near point tasks, has an inability to tolerate crowded or busy places and have difficulty reading – related or not related to blur and/or diplopia.

Patients with post-concussion syndrome (PCS) and post trauma vision syndrome (PTVS) presents with symptoms such as:-

Headaches

Dizziness

Malaise

Fatigue

Noise intolerance

Loss of concentration

Memory Loss

Intellectual difficulties

Insomnia

Irritability

Depression

Anxiety

Impaired tandem gait

 

Peripheral visual imperceptions

Delayed visual memory dysfunctions

Deidre is a member of the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) which was established 20 years ago as an  organization to bring together practitioners of all fields that help in the rehabilitation of the patient with traumatic brain injury, stroke or neurological deficits.

The goal of NORA is:-

To facilitate public awareness and understanding of need for Neuro-Optometric rehabilitation services.

To serve physically and cognitively disabled persons and provide them with optimum visual rehabilitation.

To educate professionals including optometrists, educators, rehabilitation, and allied health professionals about Neuro-Optometric care.

To facilitate research regarding vision rehabilitation.

To develop inter and intra-professional networks that include Neuro-Optometric and vision rehabilitation services.

To make Neuro-Optometry a part of every multidisciplinary team treating individuals who suffer a traumatic brain injury.