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Finally, Neurolenses are prescription lenses that add a contoured prism to bring the eyes into alignment. It's a game-changing technology for patients suffering from headache, eye fatigue, neck/shoulder pain and other symptoms related to trigeminal dysphoria, including those with post-concussion syndrome. The breakthrough Neurolens measurement device can objectively and accurately detect and measure eye alignment to identify subtle misalignments that overstress the trigeminal nerve and provide a prescription for spectacle lenses. The lenses have a contoured prism, which is ideal for patients with different prism demands at distance and near. This includes many “normal” patients with computer vision syndrome, but also concussed patients with acquired convergence insufficiency. The Neurolenses can reduce the severity of the acquired symptoms so that patients can go back to work while they continue to recover. Although the measurement tool is a significant investment, the treatment concept and its applicability to routine patients makes it easier to reap a return on the investment.

These are all promising technologies, and there are additional ones in the pipeline. In a future post, we’ll look at some devices from the sports vision world that cross over to neuro-optometric rehabilitation for brain injury patients.

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Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD, is clinical director of Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas, a multi-office specialty clinic serving children and adults with neurological-based vision issues. He is a member of the medical staff at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Frisco and Ft. Worth as well as Encompass Health in Plano. Shidlofsky also serves as a consultant for several Texas-based rehabilitation centers, including the Centre for Neuro Skills and Pate Rehabilitation. In addition, he is secretary/treasurer of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and a founding member and vice president of the International Sports Vision Association.

Disclosure: Shidlofsky reports no relevant financial disclosures.

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