Research shows recovery is most efficient when patients learn to:
- Manage the demands of their day
- Avoid the negative impacts of isolation
- Re-establish a consistent daily schedule with appropriate accommodations
- Manage energy expenditure
Patients do better if they are able to decrease visual exertion early on post injury. This includes homework, reading, and screen time. Early accommodations for school can be very successful to get the student back to school and avoid the negative impacts of isolation. For more information, reference the charts below on the Return to Learn Protocol.
For those returning to work, we often recommend part-time, low level / low risk work with periodic short breaks in a quiet environment away from screens and crowds. Scroll down for more detailed information.
For those who cannot avoid the computer at work, set a timer every 30-60 minutes to take a break utilizing the following strategies:
- Stand up
- Look away
- Complete light stretching
- Sit and take 5 deep breaths with eyes closed
Do your best to avoid screens whenever it is not essential. Utilization of a blue light filter or blue blocker lenses may help you get through your work day.
Try alternating half days and days off to recover early on. Progress to full days and half days alternating until you can finally return to work full time. Your doctor will be crucial in your return to work as his or her recommendations will help support your specific needs in the workplace.
Scroll down to learn more about work, school and college accommodations!