OCCIPITAL LOBE TRAUMA

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE OCCIPITAL LOBE IS INJURED

HOW THE INJURY OCCURED

  • Damage to the occipital lobe can be caused by a car accident, or falling and hitting head. "damage to the occipital lobe most often occurs as a result of a vehicle crash, falls, and firearms" (BrainandSpinalCord.org, 2016).
  • This particular patient was injured from a car accident, they were driving the vehicle at the time of the crash, and the patients head hit the back of the seat and they were then thrown from the vehicle and the patients head hit the ground when he landed on his back.
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FUNCTION OF THE OCCIPITAL LOBE

  • "Responsible for processing visual information from the eyes" (Brain Made Simple).
  • Someone who injures their occipital lobe has a chance of losing some of their vision, their ability to identify colors, and even sometimes lose their ability to see at all. (BrainandSpinalCord.org)
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BEHAVIORAL CHANGES OCCURING FROM THE INJURY

Since the injury the patient has complained of having a hard time seeing things and identifying colors. (BCC, 2016).

QUESTIONS

  • WHAT KIND OF TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE?
Treatment that would be done with an injury to the occipital lobe would be, teach the patient to cope with their vision loss, if the vision loss is severe the patient will be taught how to live without vision. (BrainandSpinalCord.org)
  • WILL HIS VISION RETURN COMPLETELY?
If vision is lost from the injury it will not return, if the occipital lobe is damaged that severely their is no reversing the effects.
  • WHAT USUALLY HAPPENS IN THERAPY?
Therapy will help the patient cope with their vision loss and be able to learn how to live a daily life without the vision they once had. Therapy will also include family members that are actively involved in the patients life. The caretaker would also learn how to help the patient live a normal life. The caretaker would learn what they needed to do on a daily basis to make the patients life as normal as possible. (BrainandSpinalCord.org)

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