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Adelaide City Optometrist
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Neuro Vision

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 Optometrist uses to measure eye movement following a concussion.

Common Vision Problems and Symptoms Following a Concussion

Sensitivity To Motion

This includes discomfort and dizziness when scrolling on a computer screen or phone, or when in busy environments, such as supermarkets.

Difficulty With Eye Movements

Eye movements are important in the reading process, as well as tracking moving objects with the eyes, like a ball.

Eye Pain and Headaches

Pain and headaches are a serious symptom following concussion, and should never be ignored.

Dizziness and Balance

Dizziness and changes in balance often result from a concussion, along with other related symptoms.

Sensitivity To Light and Inability To Tolerate Glare

Recent studies have suggested that the sun and LCD screens can be particularly bothersome.

Blurry Vision

A common symptom following concussion, blurry vision in every day life should be attended to and examined by an optometrist.

Binocular Vision Problems

Double vision and convergence insufficiency can cause dizziness and reading difficulty.

Peripheral Vision Problems

Reduced awareness of objects in peripheral vision, being startled by things appearing from the side.

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.