Chiropractic Meridian ID Eye Movements and Brain Injury

Suffered a concussion, traumatic brain injury, whiplash, or stroke in Meridian ID?

Maybe you notice when you try to read, focus, or use screens that your symptoms start increasing?

  • Headache
  • Neck Pain
  • Blurry Vision
  • Fatigue
  • Brian Fog
  • Poor Concentration
  • Dizziness
  • Mood Changes
  • And Much More

One of the reasons for this is due to problems with eye movements. We take for granted that our brain does so many things and it seems simple to us. Think about texting, sending emails, having conversations, driving, and even watching TV. Then in an instant everything changes following an injury and all of those make you feel worse. The super computer known as our brain isn’t computing how it used to.

Our eyes are a window into the health of our brain. Simply put, when our eyes don’t perform tasks appropriately this is often a result of improper brain function. With proper care eye movements improve which usually correlates with improved brain function and reduction in symptoms.


Before we got into all the different types. Remember these are a reflection of brain function and allows for multiple parts of the brain to be evaluated such as frontal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe, temporal lobe, brain stem, and cerebellum. Now you may be thinking that sounds like pretty much the entire brain and you’d be right.

That is why deficiencies with eye movements can lead to symptoms of brain fog, fatigue, headaches, ADHD, dizziness, poor memory, mood changes, and more.

Now that you have an understanding of why evaluating eye movements are important. Here are a variety of eye movements that should be evaluated with any suspected concussion, whiplash, traumatic brain injury, or stroke.

These are fixation, pursuits, saccades, anti-saccades, and optokinetic response. I’m not going to bore you with the details of how each of these are performed.

  • Fixation is the ability to keep the eyes still on a stationary target.
  • Pursuits are the ability to track a target that is continuously moving.
  • Saccades is the ability to rapidly shift the eyes to a new target. Think of it like
    jumping from one place to the next.
  • Anti-saccades is the ability to rapidly shift the eyes opposite of a target that
    appears. This is one of the highest levels of eye movements.
  • Optokinetics is more of a reflexive test where a pattern moves rapidly across the
    screen and the eyes should drift with the target and then bounce back quickly.

I get it, these all sound fairly simple but after studying these for years each of these movements requires an enormous amount of precise neurological processing.

Think about going to the internet and searching for something. It seems simple to type on the keyboard, but what happens if you go back to dial up and your computer processor is slow? It goes from a routine task to something that leaves you frustrated.

This is the way those with brain injuries feel when they try to perform these seemingly simple tasks.


Now that you have an understanding of what should be evaluated, many don’t know where to get this done. Preferably having a provider that uses computerized technology will allow for the best assessment initially but will also give the ability to compare results before and after treatment.

Video oculography testing using a VOG is the highest level of evaluation and is performed over a 30 minute time period. You will be sitting in a chair and wearing goggles that will record exactly what your eyes do with each task.


Eye movements are an essential component of evaluation and treatment following any brain injury. They aren’t sufficient on their own and shouldn’t be used as a stand alone therapy. There are other things that should be evaluated including balance, mood, memory, and labs.

When all of these areas are evaluated then a comprehensive treatment plan can be put together which gives you the highest probability of success. This would include specific brain based therapies, nutritional supplements, and more.


McDonald, M. A., Holdsworth, S. J., & Danesh-Meyer, H. V. (2022). Eye Movements in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Ocular Biomarkers. Journal of eye movement research, 15(2), 10.16910/jemr.15.2.4.