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What is a Concussion?

In essence, a concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI), that is typically caused by a blow to the head. In some cases, the brain gets shifted as a result of the injury and brain cells may become altered or damaged. Medical professionals often refer to concussions as mild injuries, and even though they are not generally life-threatening, the effects of a concussion on a person’s physicality can be very serious. In most cases, however, the resulting problems after sustaining a concussion are considered temporary.

Man with a Concussion in Otsego.

How Do Concussions Cause Vision Problems?

Concussion brain injuries and vision problems often go hand and hand. Vision is controlled by parts of the Central Nervous System (CNS), specifically the Occipital Lobe, which is the back part of the brain. The Occipital lobe, the Parietal Lobe, the Temporal Lobe and the Frontal Lobe are all part of the Cerebrum, the largest part of the brain. As the first point of neurological contact in the CNS, the Cerebrum would almost certainly be affected by a blow to the head. When vision is affected by a brain injury, it’s not always actual issues with sight that cause the problem. Because the brain relies on neurological impulses to send messages to various parts of the body, it’s often the messages that become garbled when the body tries to translate the impulses in the wake of a brain injury. So, for example, a person with a concussion may be able to see physical objects clearly, but they may have trouble differentiating one object from another.

What Symptoms Indicate that a Concussion is Affecting Vision?

When a neurological event occurs, there is often an impact to the visual system that can take a big toll on the life of a patient. Following an experience of concussion and vision problems, most patients will often have very specific symptoms, such as:

  • Dizziness/Nausea/Disorientation
  • Personality changes
  • Anxiety
  • Change in posture
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulties with reading
  • Balance problems
  • Blurred Vision/Double vision
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Headaches
  • Problems with depth perception
  • Eye turn
  • Extreme frustration
  • Depression
  • Concentration/attention changes
  • Hearing/hypersensitivity to noise
  • Sleep pattern changes
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty navigating

These symptoms may be considered mild or severe, but in either case, with the proper, timely treatment and vision therapy, eye specialists can very successfully minimize the long-term effects of brain injury vision problems.

How Can Vision Problems Caused by Concussions Be Treated?

Although vision problems caused by concussions can be severe and life-altering, vision can be improved and, in many cases, completely restored with the proper treatment. At Bright Eyes Vision Clinic we take a comprehensive approach to treating neurologically-driven vision issues. In addition to consulting with neurologists, other physicians, and occupational therapists, our state-of-the-art clinic is equipped with the latest technology and systems available in neuro-vision care. With the use of sophisticated equipment such as the Digital Fundus Photography, -Optikam Computer System, which takes crucial optical measurements, and the Senaptec Strobe Training Goggles, which enhances vision and response timing, patients experience a multi-layered treatment that can be applied both in the clinic and at home.