Vision Problems and Concussions

Vision Problems after Concussions: Symptoms and Treatments at Holistic Vision

Concussions and vision loss are like conjoined twins because there is a linkage of the eye, visual pathways, and the brain. As Dr. Sapossnek of Holistic Vision explains, even a minor concussion can lead to blurred vision. 

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What makes a person who suffers a concussion to have vision loss?

Your eye vision ability depends on the whole visual system comprising the brain and optical network. When you suffer a traumatic experience, there is an effect on the brain tissues controlling the eye movement, eye focusing, and eye teaming. Hence, the concussion will make you lose the ability to see objects clearly, shift focus, and recognize items at different locations. 

There are traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that occur after an epileptic seizure, sports injuries, automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, or violence.  In the United States, 1.7 million persons suffer TBI each year. TBI can cause memory loss, nerve damage, loss of the capability to concentrate, and eventually neurological vision defects. 

A traumatic brain injury often tears the blood vessels and bruises the brain tissue. If the TBI interferes with the visual cortex and optical nerves, vision complications will follow. 

Vision Loss after a Concussion

Several types of vision changes may follow the post-concussion period. The victim can display the symptoms listed hereunder: 

•    An entire loss of vision or eyesight problems in the part of  the visual field
•    Blurred vision
•    Quadrantanopia or hemianopia, which is the loss of a quarter of the optical field
•    Sensitivity to light
•    Difficulty concentrating on objects
•    Failure to distinguish colors
•    Inability to maintain eye contact
•    Trouble reading words on the computer screen or paper
•    Double vision or diplopia
•    Inability to recognize letters, numbers, or faces
•    Seeing the words move on a page
•    Persistent headaches and ocular pain
•    Dry eyes 
•    Eyesight disorientation in busy or expansive environments 

Optical Devices and Therapies for TBI Patients

Holistic Vision has a range of techniques of vision rehabilitation in northeast Philadelphia for the people experiencing vision loss after a concussion. Apart from doing functional vision tests to determine if the victim’s eyesight is 20/20, our optometry services include eye exams, neuroimaging, MRI and CT scans to identify the reasons for the loss of eyesight. We can treat the concussion-related optical problem through a prescription lens. Syntonics, or optometric phototherapy, which is the ocular science applying light frequencies, can rectify visual dysfunctions too. 

Vision Rehabilitation in Northeast Philadelphia

Would you like to learn more about how Dr. Sapossnek, your eye doctor in Northeast Philadelphia, uses various therapies to treat blurred vision? To have your oculomotor dysfunction restored, visual functions rehabilitation, the eyes work together, optical system balances, and perfect eyesight, call us at (215) 663-5933 now!

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  • ""Dr. Sapossnek is an excellent optometrist. She has my complete trust. She is so thorough in her exams and includes parents in conversation and education, so I know and understand all the facets of my children's vision. All of the above [in the Patient Satisfaction Survey are] EXCELLENT, no need to elaborate. I feel fortunate to have found Dr. Sapossnek and am glad all of us can go to her-both for my child with vision therapy needs, daughter and I with glasses, and son who needs neither.""
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