Anybody who has suffered from a concussion may experience changes in vision, balance, academic performance, or overall comfort. If this happens, it is extremely important to undergo a neuro-optometric assessment with an optometrist who has advanced training in neuro-optometry and binocular vision.

About four to five million concussions happen per year, making it the most common traumatic brain injury. Caused by blunt trauma to the head, concussions occur when the brain is jolted against the inside of the skull. This essentially “bruises” your brain, and can bring on the aforementioned side effects.

A concussion can change the way your brain functions, no matter how small or insignificant the accident may seem. In fact, the vast majority of concussions do not result in a loss of consciousness, which makes diagnosis difficult.

FACTS

  • Those who have already had a concussion are more susceptible to future concussions.
  • The most common cause of concussions in adults is automobile accidents. Even when the injury seems minor, neurological and visual effects can be drastic.
  • Less than 10% of sports-related concussions lead to “blacking out” or lack of consciousness

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of a concussion can include:

  • Headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Feeling mentally “foggy”
  • Emotional changes
  • Change in sleeping habits

Since symptoms affect each patient differently, it is of utmost importance to seek a medical evaluation after any type of head trauma.

VISUAL EFFECTS

67% of your neural connections are involved in vision; visual input, perception, and integration. This is why concussions can affect your visual system so easily. Effects can include:

  • Blurry vision (both near and far)
  • Convergence insufficiency (when the eyes don’t work together to focus on close-up objects)
  • Double vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Ocular-motor dysfunction (difficulty seeing in general; reading, writing, driving, etc.)
  • Reduced visual processing speed and reaction time

POST-CONCUSSION TESTING

Medical evaluation after a concussion is imperative. At Impact Vision Therapy, we will perform a comprehensive post-concussion exam to ensure we cover all important aspects of your neuro-optometric health, so that appropriate action may be taken.

We will cover areas such as vision clarity, vision field, eye movements, focusing, visual processing speed, fusion (your ability to receive information from both eyes at the same time)

CONCUSSION MANAGEMENT

Most visual conditions that result from a concussion can be successfully managed by a doctor with strong experience and knowledge in neuro-optometry, binocular vision, and vision therapy.

After your neuro-optometric assessment, we will determine the course of treatment to manage your concussion symptoms. Treatment plans may include but are not limited to: glasses, contact lenses, vision therapy, and more.

Most of the common visual effects experienced after a concussion mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) respond well to treatment.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (720) 726-5128 (Castle Pines Location) or (719) 302-8922 (Colorado Springs Location).