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January 15, 2015 / Mark Kerrigan

The Occipital Lobes and Their (Dys)Function


Life After Traumatic Brain Injury

occlobe11 Courtesy of Center for Neuro Skills

Because the occipital lobes are located at the back of the skull, they are not as frequently injured as other parts of the brain. However their role is extremely important when it comes to the survivor’s vision or lack thereof. Essentially, this region of the brain is the visual cortex–the portion concerned with all things visual.

The curious thing about the occipital lobes is that no matter which side of is damaged, the field of vision is affected more or less equally on both sides. Unlike the frontal or parietal lobes, where injury to one side or the other has a greater effect on either motor movement or some other ability, any significant injury to the occipital lobes produces more or less a unified change in vision.

And although the occipital lobes aren’t frequently injured, any significant trauma to the brain can cause a…

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