Originally Posted by wakey
Mark, my vision issues are as follows. My eyes are very sensitive to light and fast moving objects, particularly on screen. My eyes begin to "hurt" and my headache becomes more intense the longer I engage with moving pictures/computer screens. My overall sense of well being goes down as well.
I had similar troubles after the injury I sustained for more than a year and still do to a lesser extent and it's been almost two years since the accident I was in.
My optometrist and ophthalmologist both told me the troubles I was having was due to the area of processing in my brain was damaged and too slow to be able to interpret what my eyes were seeing fast enough. They both said it would improve over time and it has. It's not back to normal yet.
When you continue to try to watch things that make your eyes or brain hurt, it sounds like you are taxing your brain unnecessarily. That could cause a setback, or delay in the time of your recovery. Your brain is trying to heal itself. Pushing it too hard isn't good for it. It's considered best to increase its ability gently with small steps: watch something you can handle until you're able to watch something faster and stop before your eyes or brain start to hurt. Keep watching at that rate until you can watch something faster and repeat... I hope that makes sense.
It should get better in time.
I have found that my general sense of well being degrades quite a bit when I overdo it; my brain needs a certain amount of energy to function and when it doesn't have the energy it needs to function I feel awful. I really have to pace myself. I've read that a lot of people recovering from concussions and brain injuries have to deal with fatigue and that the idea is that it takes more energy for the brain to function than it did before the trauma. Hopefully, the fatigue will lessen in time.
I think you might benefit from pacing yourself a little more and understanding that your brain is not able to do what it could before the trauma. That doesn't mean it's permanent, but it just needs rest. Rest doesn't mean laying down in a dark room, but avoiding overstimulating sources until it can heal itself.
I recommend that you talk to your doctors about your symptoms so you can get a professional opinion.
Even though my eyesight and brain have gotten better in time I still may have benefitted from getting some vision therapy. And everyone's brain injury is very different. There may be something you are not able to analyze or communicate that a specialist could determine by testing you. I'm still considering some vision therapy myself.
I hope that helps.