Brain Injuries (TBI) – Concussion

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Signs + symptoms

Brain Injuries (TBI) – Concussion

Vision problems are very common after a concussion or other brain injury. Whether it be in a car accident, a sports-related injury, or a stroke, our vision can easily be impacted. These can vary from subtle changes, such as dizziness, headaches, balance issues, fatigue, or can be more obvious with double vision, changes in depth perception, and light sensitivity. Overall rehabilitation can be significantly delayed when these visual deficits are left undiagnosed and untreated.

Concussion treatment usually requires a team effort. Often, we work with Occupation Therapists, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists to help with the overall recovery. 

Symptoms of Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome include: 

  • blurred vision, especially with near tasks 
  • headaches 
  • double vision 
  • pain with eye movement 
  • poor reading comprehension 
  • light sensitivity 
  • frequent loss of place when reading 

If you or your child have any of the above signs or you would like additional information, please call our office or use the contact us form by clicking here.

Assessment + Treatment

The initial assessment is 60 to 90 minutes in length. Dr. Lalonde will measure what visual functions have been impacted and develop a treatment plan based on these results. Depending on the depth of the vision problem, patients are typically very tired after the assessment, so it is recommended to have someone drive you to the appointment. In addition, a separate visit is scheduled with Dr. Lalonde to discuss the results of the assessment and your treatment options so you are able to better focus on the discussion without being tired.

Due to the fact that concussions can make the decision process harder, it is important that the patient bring someone to the consultation appointment with them, who can assist with understanding the results and deciding on treatment.

Treatment may include specialized lenses with prism and/or tints to help relieve some of the more troubling symptoms. In addition, a more in-depth, in-office visual rehabilitation program may be prescribed.

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