Discover diagnosis & management of vision problems resulting from Parkinson's with our neuro optometric rehabilition tailored to enhance your visual well-being.
These symptoms can be subtle and often go unnoticed, but they can have a significant impact on the patient's quality of life.
Blurred vision is a common symptom in patients with Parkinson's disease, and can be caused by the progressive degeneration of the ocular muscles. This can result in difficulties with focusing and tracking objects, making it difficult to read or perform tasks that require fine visual acuity.
A reduction in peripheral vision is another common symptom of Parkinson's disease. This can cause difficulty in detecting and reacting to objects in the peripheral field, making it difficult to navigate through crowds or busy environments.
Many patients with Parkinson's disease also experience Parkinson's-related depth perception issues. This can result in difficulties with determining the distance of objects and navigating stairs or uneven surfaces
Increased photophobia, or sensitivity to light, is another common symptom of Parkinson's disease, and can cause discomfort and glare intolerance. This can make it difficult to perform tasks in bright or outdoor environments and can also result in headaches, glare, nausea, and eye strain.
Our neuro-optometrist is a specialized optometrist who focuses on the connection between vision and the brain. They can assist in reducing visual symptoms caused by Parkinson's-related eye conditions by conducting a thorough evaluation of the patient's visual system and providing customized treatment plans. While neuro-optometrists cannot cure Parkinson's, they can help manage and alleviate some of the visual symptoms associated with the condition. Here are some ways our neuro-optometrist may help:
We will perform a detailed assessment of the patient's visual system, including eye alignment, eye movements, focusing, and depth perception. This examination will help identify any visual problems that may be contributing to symptoms experienced by the individual with Parkinson's.
If the patient has refractive errors, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, we may prescribe corrective lenses to improve visual clarity and reduce symptoms like blurry vision or eye strain.
In some cases, prism lenses may be prescribed to help with double vision (diplopia) or difficulties with eye alignment. Prism lenses work by shifting the image seen by one eye, helping both eyes work together more effectively.
We may recommend vision therapy, a series of individualized exercises designed to improve eye tracking, focusing, and eye teaming skills. These exercises can help address specific visual issues related to Parkinson's, such as difficulty with eye movements, depth perception, and visual processing.
We can provide suggestions for making adjustments to the patient's living environment, such as using adequate lighting, high-contrast materials, and large-print books or devices to help compensate for visual deficits.
We can work closely with the patient's healthcare team, including neurologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to managing Parkinson's-related visual symptoms.
Remember that each patient's experience with Parkinson's is unique, and the specific visual symptoms and treatment recommendations will vary. It's essential to consult with your qualified neuro-optometrist to discuss individual needs and concerns.
At Amplify EyeCare, our highly skilled team is committed to providing comprehensive eye care for individuals with Parkinson's disease. We understand the unique challenges faced by people with this condition and are dedicated to diagnosing and addressing vision problems that may arise due to Parkinson's. Our approach focuses on the following key areas:
The first step in diagnosing vision problems related to Parkinson's is a thorough eye examination. Our neuro-optometrist will meticulously evaluate your visual acuity, eye health, and overall visual function. This assessment allows us to detect any abnormalities that may be contributing to your visual symptoms.
Visual acuity testing: We measure your ability to see clearly at various distances using a standard eye chart or other appropriate testing methods. This helps us determine if you have any refractive errors, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness, that could be affecting your vision.
Eye health assessment: Our neuro-optometrist examines the internal and external structures of your eyes, checking for any signs of eye disorders or abnormalities that could be related to Parkinson's or other conditions.
Individuals with Parkinson's may experience Parkinson's-related eye movement issues, such as saccades (rapid eye movements) or smooth pursuit (the ability to follow a moving target). Our neuro-optometrist will assess your eye movements to identify any problems that could be contributing to your visual symptoms.
Tracking tests: We use various techniques to evaluate your ability to follow a moving target with your eyes. This helps us determine if there is any disruption in your eye movement control.
Saccadic testing: Our neuro-optometrist will measure the speed, accuracy, and coordination of your rapid eye movements to detect any abnormalities in your saccades.
Our neuro-optometrist will evaluate your ocular alignment and eye teaming skills to ensure both eyes are working together efficiently. Issues with eye coordination and alignment can lead to double vision or other visual symptoms.
Cover test: This simple test allows us to determine if your eyes are properly aligned when focusing on a target at various distances.
Stereopsis testing: We assess your depth perception by measuring your ability to perceive three-dimensional images using specialized tests or equipment.
Our neuro-optometrist will assess your eyes' ability to focus and adjust to different distances, which can be impacted by Parkinson's disease.
Near point of convergence: We measure the distance at which your eyes can maintain focus on a target as it moves closer to your face.
Accommodative amplitude: Our neuro-optometrist will assess your eyes' ability to focus and adjust to different distances, which can be impacted by Parkinson's-related focusing problems.
Parkinson's disease can sometimes cause vision loss, such as tunnel vision or blind spots. We use advanced equipment to measure your peripheral vision and identify any areas of reduced visual sensitivity.
Confrontation visual field test: This basic screening method helps us identify any significant visual field loss by comparing your peripheral vision to that of our optometrist.
Automated perimetry: For a more detailed analysis, we use computerized equipment to map your entire visual field and detect any subtle defects that may be present.
Parkinson's disease can present unique challenges for your vision, but you don't have to face them alone. At our practice, we are dedicated to helping you maintain your visual health and quality of life. Our experienced team specializes in diagnosing and addressing vision problems associated with Parkinson's, and we're here to provide personalized care tailored to your needs. You can reach out to your nearest Amplify EyeCare practice either via a call or in-person visit to schedule an appointment with our neuro-optometrist. Our team of eye care professionals is ready and equipped to provide you with the care you need.