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VISION REHABILITATION

Did you know that up to 90% of head trauma survivors need visual care during their recovery?

Advanced Family Vision Care we offer services that can help restore visual functioning and manage visual dysfunction that can result from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as:

  • concussions
  • head trauma
  • stroke
  • tumors
  • aneurysms
  • vestibular dysfunction

Visual dysfunction following TBI may not be obvious, understood, or properly described by the patient. Visual problems that result from TBI can affect various activities of daily living, including:

  • reading and writing
  • computer use
  • driving
  • balance and coordination

Common visual symptoms following TBI can include:

  • blurry vision
  • headaches
  • constriction of visual field
  • eyestrain
  • decreased concentration
  • poor reading comprehension or poor memory
  • sensitivity to light

Dr. Michelle May, as an optometrist, is an essential player on the rehabilitation team. If you’ve experienced any sort of head trauma and feel your vision may have been affected, call for a comprehensive evaluation and specialized testing today!

Is Worker's Compensation Accepted?

Yes, Dr. May works with worker’s compensation companies to get payment for your vision rehabilitation program.

Is Vision Therapy Covered by my Insurance?

In many cases, yes. Many major insurance companies (like BlueCross BlueShield, United, Aetna, etc.) allow coverage for vision therapy services. Insurance coverage for vision therapy depends on the following:

  • Your diagnosis
  • The specific details of your insurance plan
  • The procedure code(s) used throughout the course of rehabilitation

Dr. Michelle May is one of very few board-certified optometrists providing vision rehabilitation in Maryland who accepts insurance; she and her staff will work with you to help determine coverage options and the best course of action.

When vision rehabilitation is covered by insurance, it is common to have a co-pay (usually your regular medical copay) or co-insurance (if that is part of your plan) for each session. Just like any other form of medical treatment, vision rehabilitation services go toward your annual medical deductible; if you have not fulfilled your deductible there may be additional fees beyond your co-pay/co-insurance.

Wondering if we take your plan? Please see the insurance page.

What will my treatment be like?

Evaluation for vision rehabilitation always starts with a comprehensive eye health exam with a refraction to ensure overall eye health and determine the need for glasses or contact lenses. Following a comprehensive exam, Dr. May will perform specialized sensorimotor testing to evaluate eye teaming, eye movement, and focusing skills. Further testing to evaluate visual perceptual abilities will be performed if needed.

address your symptoms and diagnoses. Therapy sessions are conducted in-office once a week and last approximately 45 minutes. You will be given “home therapy” to practice in between sessions; this helps facilitate and expedite progress so that you are able to move through your in-office therapy program successfully. After every four sessions (about once a month), Dr. May will re-evaluate your visual skills in order to monitor your progress and to guide your therapy program. Following completion of your therapy program, Dr. May will re-evaluate your visual skills at one month and again at six months; the purpose of these follow-ups is to ensure no loss of gains after completion of the program.

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