Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Post Trauma Vision Syndrome

  • John B. WilliamsonEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9120


Vestibularocular dysfunction (VOD) (generic)


Posttrauma vision syndrome refers to visual disturbance post neurological injury resulting in the disruption of vision and associated consequences.

Current Knowledge

Neurological injury source, according to some authors, is agnostic with clinical descriptions in the literature of effects from traumatic brain injury, stroke, and diseases such as multiple sclerosis. However, the most common usage appears to be in the context of traumatic brain injury. The term is relatively uncommon in the literature and has conceptual overlap with postconcussive syndrome. Disruption in the visual system, broadly defined, can have wide-ranging impacts on function and behavior, including possible diplopia, postural instability, and gait disturbance (Padula and Spapiro 1993). Further, there are potential cognitive impacts (e.g., disruptions in visual memory, attention in its various iterations, and fine and gross motor inefficiency.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of Florida College of Medicine, Center for Neurological Studies and the Research Service of the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical CenterGainesvilleUSA