Following a concussion, there is often an interruption in communication between the eyes and the brain. Studies show that at least 50 percent of traumatic brain injury patients suffer from visual dysfunctions, with one such study finding a 90 percent incidence of post-trauma visual complications. Visual problems, however, are often overlooked during initial evaluation as symptoms may not be present until days, weeks or even months following the incident.
A regular eye exam often does not reveal the extent that the visual process is affected from a concussive injury. Patients may be informed that their eyes appear to be healthy and they are seeing clearly, however, more extensive visual processes in the brain may be affected, known as Post Trauma Vision Syndrome (PTVS). Some symptoms may only last a few seconds while others can linger for months, or even years.
Here’s an example of the cutting edge technology that Adelaide City uses to measure eye movement following a concussion.
Common Vision Problems and Symptoms Following a Concussion
What To Do
Visual deficits related to a traumatic brain injury should be evaluated by an optometrist. Paul Fotkou is trained in the evaluation and management of eye and vision complications of concussion. Adelaide City Optometrist has cutting edge technology in the measurement of eye movement following a concussion. Vision rehabilitation is an important part of post-concussion care.
What Is a Neuro-Optometric Eye Exam?
During a neuro-optometric eye test, Paul Fotkou will examine complex aspects of the visual process. Included are tests for ocular movements and coordination, posture, spatial awareness, integration with other sensory systems, such as the vestibular system (the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements), visual memory, and motor output (a muscle, nerve or centre that effects movement). Every injury is unique, therefore, the treatment plan is customised to the individual’s needs. Clinical experience and research studies document the improved performance of patients who have completed a vision rehabilitation program.