Living with chronic eye and visual problems after brain injury

eyesYesterday I could tell my eyes were off. I felt off balance, slightly woozy, and just “off” in general. Reading was giving me a headache, and I didn’t even feel like watching tv.

I now have enough self-awareness to know that something is amiss so I took a selfie. Sure enough, my eyes are fucked up. I remember early on one of my Doctors telling me that he could know how I was feeling just by looking at my eyes. Then after MONTHS of explaining it to neurologists and others, I finally went to my eye doctor who knew something wasn’t right. (read about that here). 

I see this exact look in many other survivors eyes. I can’t quite explain it, but i know it when I see it.

I’ve been fortunate that I’m beginning to feel better physically, and that my eye episodes are less frequent. But when it flares back up, it’s SO exhausting. I have yet to figure out what causes the flare ups, but I suspect they’re related to my upper neck/lower skull. I’ve probably inflamed something with doing plank pose recently. But I won’t let it stop me. So what if I need an extra nap and to walk more carefully?! I can finally do physical activity again and nothing is getting in my way!
*drops mic*

2 thoughts on “Living with chronic eye and visual problems after brain injury

  1. After my husband read Clark Kellogg’s book, we went back to my neuro optometrist, and I began twice a week visual therapy at VCDC in Chevy Chase, MD and I know it has helped me.

    You go girl!
    Love the glasses.

    • Wow that was fast! I’ve been lucky and found a great brain injury support group in a nearby rehab hospital. The Brain Injury Association of MD has been such a great resource for me. I hope you have connected with your state chapter. They’re the best!

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