Hi to all,
Vision issues are so frustrating! I wanted to share some success I have had in recovering from my vision issues in case it could help some of you too.
My case is a bit strange because I had traumatic brain injury 7 years ago. When I started getting dizziness from the AN, for a year and a half it was attributed to traumatic brain injury symptoms returning until the AN was finally diagnosed. So, I was already in vestibular rehab for a year before surgery. My surgery was in February this year, and I was back in vestibular rehab as soon as the neurosurgeons cleared me for it 2 months post-op. Post-op my balance was very slowly improving but kept plateauing and I'd go through weeks of no improvement at all, then slight improvement, then another plateau. From my previous vestibular rehab experience I knew things were not going well... At 5 months post-op, still unable to work because looking at a computer for more than half an hour gave me nausea and headaches, I found out about another kind of neurological rehab at the same outpatient center where I was getting my vestibular rehab that I didn't know existed: vision neurological rehab. I also had problems with things not appearing to be the correct angle (like the horizon and the tilted buildings comments), couldn't find objects in a cluttered drawer, and reading printed materials wasn't as enjoyable as it was before surgery. I'm at 7.5 months post-op now, and the vision rehab has helped so much! Angles now appear more like they should, I have less of a delay when searching for objects in a cluttered drawer, enjoy reading printed materials again, I started playing volleyball again, my tolerance for looking at the computer is increasing (currently I can handle 1 hour twice per day without nausea or headaches), and also have started making huge advancements in vestibular rehab. They told me this is because the micro-movements of my eyes are getting better coordinated between the two eyes, and my therapist is impressed with how fast I am progressing. Everyone says my vision nerve is fine, and has always been fine, it is the neurological processing of the vision signals that was wonky. The therapist described it as: all the books are there, they just fell off the shelf, and we are going to put them back. It seems like the combination of vision and vestibular rehab is working very well.
For anyone having vision issues or not progressing much in vestibular rehab I highly recommend checking out vision rehab. I hope others will be able to get those frustrating vision issues resolved too!