Concussion and TBI

2.5 million people annually in the US visit a hospital for traumatic brain injury. Countless other incidents go unreported. These shocking numbers are sourced from a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

69% of children between the ages of 9-18 had a diagnosed vision problem after concussion as found in a 2016 study published in Clinical Pediatrics. While an astonishingly high number, it is not surprising given that at least 50% of the brain is comprised of visual pathways and at least 80% of sensory perception is visual.

Vision problems are common after concussion as further discussed in this article published by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Our team at Park Ridge Vision collaborates with neurologists, pediatricians, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other health professionals in order to provide a comprehensive approach to recovery after brain injury.

While concussions are considered “mild traumatic brain injury” or mTBI, what we have learned is that it is mild to everyone except for the patient. Symptoms from concussion can be debilitating and are often frustrating since the patient “looks fine”.

In order to help patients get back to being themselves, our team approach utilizes the latest advancements in vision care including lenses, prisms, tints and/or therapy to rehabilitate the visual system. If you have suffered from a mTBI or know someone who has we would be honored to help.

More information can be found at the Concussion Project.

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