StephanieL Wolman, OD,FCOVD
Each year, millions of people sustain a traumatic brain injury, of which approximately 75% are concussions. With more children and adolescents playing sports today, concussions are on the rise. Children and adolescents are more vulnerable because their brains are still developing.
A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a jolt or blow to the head or body that forces the head to move rapidly back and forth. This can happen as a result of a fall, a car accident, or during physical activity. Patients can experience a wide range of symptoms, short- and long-term. While patterns emerge among patient symptoms, no two patients are identical.
Approximately 70% of the total sensory input to the brain comes from the eyes while more than half of the brain’s pathways are visual in nature. Therefore, it is common to have one or more visual dysfunctions after a brain injury. Post-concussion vision disturbances affect all of our daily activities including work, school, sports, and social life. Without proper treatment, visual deficits may limit overall recovery from a concussion.
With a sub-specialty in neuro-optometry, Dr. Wolman treats children and adults who are referred to her practice after suffering a concussion or acquired head injury. Children are mostly affected by sports-related injuries and adults by strokes and accidents. In both cases, these patients have acquired significant vision disorders. Treating patients with acquired and traumatic brain injuries has become a passion for Dr. Wolman. Through lenses, prism, and vision therapy, she has helped many patients improve or eliminate their symptoms and help to regain visual function.
Common Symptoms of a Concussion/Brain Injury
Blurred vision at distance and/or near
Poor coordination, balance, and/or spatial awareness
Reading slowly or avoiding reading
Fatigue after maintaining visual concentration for a short time
Dizziness or nausea
Loses place while reading
Poor recall of visually presented information
Rubs eyes frequently
Impaired depth perception
Impaired peripheral vision
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