Moderate to Severe TBI
In many cases, patients who sustain a traumatic brain injury have vision problems as a result of the injury. Because there is a close relationship between vision and the brain, TBI can disrupt the visual process, interfering with the flow and processing of information.
One of the most common causes for loss of vision following head trauma is traumatic optic neuropathy. This condition involves damage to the optic nerves resulting from trauma to the head. Patients with traumatic optic neuropathy can experience sudden vision loss. In some cases, the injury may not be apparent for hours, days, or even months after the traumatic event. In other cases, the damage may not be detected until a routine examination.
The visual problems that patients can experience as the result of TBI include: