I received my TBI in 2005, when I fell off my bike. Thankfully, I was wearing a helmet. I assume that without it, I'd have died.
I am officially 'blind'. In practice, I see as normal to the left, but when I look at myself in a mirror, I can't see my right side at all. If I specifically look to the right, it is OK, but if I look forward, the right side is 'missing'. I call myself 'blind', because I don't think of myself as blind, it is just what the doctors say. I *most*certainly* can't drive any more, and occasionally bump into people (like I kept doing at the weekend, when I went to a crowded May fair), but hey, I get Disability Living Allowance, cheaper train fares, free bus rides, a cheaper TV licence...
I keep doing 'exercises' with my eyes. For months after the accident, I saw double everywhere, so they had me wearing an eyepatch over one eye. I am very lucky that that resolved itself, and I only used the patch for 6 or 7 months. However, I only see 'normally' if I look straight forward. If I look to the side, or down, I normally see a different image from each eye, as my poor, injured, brain can't put the two together.
Do you think this is really silly? I do 'exercises' with my eyes. As I am walking along, I spot something a few metres ahead. As I walk towards it, I keep looking at it, but obviously I have to roll my eyes down. It starts off as a single image, but becomes two, and they get further and further apart, the more I am looking downwards (so, as I get closer and closer to it). I know which of the two is the 'real' one, but I can still see the second one.
I figure that this is a sort of 'exercise' for my eyes. I have been doing it for a while, now, and I *think* I am seeing some improvement (although I admit, that might just be my imagination!). I sad down with a book on my iPad tonight, and was intentionally reading it looking downwards, so I could see two images - one, the *real* one, and one, a bit lower, and at a funny angle. I *hope* that by doing this, I will strengthen the 'proper' image.
Am I being really really silly? I mean, it's been nearly nine years since the accident. It is silly for me to try to improve this brain injury now, isn't it? I keep thinking and hoping I see minor improvements (like, with my balance), but I'm not really going to see any, am I? Am I stupid for doing 'exercises' with my eyes?
Sorry, I accidentally told it to include that silly image (which i see when I look in the mirror), but I can't remove it. It is showing the blurry rubbish I see to the right, when I look in a mirror, but it does't show the doubling I get, if I look down.