Prior research (detailed below) has been conducted in partnership with Vision Specialists of Michigan, whose leadership founded the Vision Specialists Foundation to advance the public understanding of Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) and its treatment while simultaneously improving the accessibility and affordability of treatment to those suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), particularly veterans.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), which are caused by a blow to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain. While the impact of TBIs on football players has gained great attention in recent years, there are more than 325,000 veterans who suffer from TBIs. For more details on the problem, click here.
Despite the immense need for this service,
the military will — in the words of a VA physician —
never adopt this new treatment approach
without a national study of its impact.
Over the past twenty years, Vision Specialists of Michigan (VSM) has successfully treated more than 3,000 patients (including veterans) diagnosed with TBI by providing them with aligning glasses. To learn more, click here.
Proposed Study (full details here)
The biggest obstacle to expanding access to this treatment is the lack of credible research that can demonstrate this treatment’s effectiveness to the medical community. VSF seeks to raise $300,000 to conduct the nation’s first major treatment study of the impact of micro-prism lenses.
This is a new treatment modality that has demonstrated impressive results at markedly reducing the persistent post-concussive symptoms (“PPCS”) associated with TBI. Our previously published retrospective study (Brain Injury. 2016. 23;30(3):311-7) demonstrated that patients with TBI with PPCS who were found to have subtle vision misalignment experienced a marked subjective reduction of overall symptoms (80.2%) when treated with micro-prism lenses, leading to a marked improvement in quality of life (including some being able to return to work). Over the last 22 years, VSM has cared for over 9,000 patients in our office alone, with over 3,000 having TBI with PPCS.
Therefore, the ultimate purpose of this project is to:
- Sponsor this life-changing treatment for veterans affected by TBI with PPCS;
- Demonstrate the impact of this treatment on these veterans;
- Publish these findings so that the VA and military can consider making this care broadly available for military personnel and veterans;
- Support our ongoing efforts to train other optometrists to provide this treatment (to veterans and civilians) in cities around the country.
For details on this proposed study, click here.
Below is a collection of some of our published articles detailing the positive effect of the use of prismatic lenses in the relief of the typical symptoms caused by Binocular Vision Dysfunction (Vertical Heterophoria).
How You Can Help
To fund this effort, VSM seeks individuals, organizations and strategic partnerships that can propel this study forward. Your support will help us to help the many active service members and veterans who suffer needlessly, as well as others who experience TBI-related symptoms. For more information or if you would like to contribute to this critical effort, please click here.