DEVELOPMENTAL OPTOMETRIST

StephanieWolmanOD,FCOVD

Concussion

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

Headaches

Blurred vision at distance and/or near
Double vision
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
Eyestrain
Light sensitivity
Rubs eyes frequently
Impaired depth perception
Impaired peripheral vision




For additional information click below:


http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.covd.org/resource/resmgr/Press_Releases/COVD_Concussion_Release.pdf