A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can affect the function of your brain. Concussions can vary in degree, depending on the cause of the injury. Our staff at Fort Myers Eye Associates PA, serving Fort Myers, Cape Cora, Estero, Lehigh, and surrounding areas can diagnose and treat concussions.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Concussions?
In most cases, concussions are caused by a blow to the head. This can occur during a fall, a car accident, or a violent attack. Concussions are also common for athletes who play contact sports such as football and hockey. Violent shaking of the upper body can also cause a concussion.
What Are the Symptoms Of a Concussion?
In some cases, the symptoms of a concussion will come on right ways. In other cases, it can take days or weeks before you start experiencing symptoms. If these symptoms occur, it is best to see a developmental optometrist for specialized treatment. Speak to an optometrist in Fort Myers in you have any of the following symptoms:
- Eye fatigue
- Eye focusing problems
- Struggling to read with both eyes open
- Difficult reading due to fuzzy letters, double letter, and losing your place while reading
- Double vision
- “Spots” in your field of vision
- Light sensitivity
- Loss of place while reading
- Pulling or tugging sensation near the eyes
- Postural shifts when walking
How Are Concussions Diagnosed?
After the accident, your doctor will perform a neurological exam. During this examination, they will check your vision, your hearing, your balance, and your reflexes. They will also test your coordination and the strength in each hand. Next, your doctor will test your cognitive function. They will ask you questions to test your ability to concentrate, your memory, and your ability to recall information.
Finally, imaging tests would be ordered. A CT scan would be performed to assess your brain after the injury. The test will determine how severe the injury is and if there is bleeding or swelling of the brain. An MRI might also be ordered to look for any complications can occur after the concussion.
If a concussion is confirmed via the testing, your doctor may suggest visiting a developmental optometrist for relief from vision-related symptoms. The vision problems that arise are difficult for a primary care physician to treat, and a specialist is required. Dr Dalesio will evaluate your binocular visual system, your eye tracking skill level, your ability to converge your eyes and use an instrument that tests how both eyes are sending electrical signals back to your brain called VEP.
How Is a Concussion Treated?
There are a variety of treatment options available for those who are having vision problems as a result of a concussion. Treatment options include:
- Lens: Used to focus light onto the retina to achieve clear vision. These are typically used for close vision to bring the object into clear view with less strain on the eye
- Prism: Typically used to help double vision, this specialized device bends light to help the patient achieve normal vision. Graded filters can also be used to help alleviate symptoms of double vision.
- Tint or Coating: An optical component that changes the amount of light that enters the eye. This is used to help those with sensitivity to light or glare. It can modify the color of the object in view due to the reduction in light.
- Vision Therapy: This is a way to speed up your recovery back to normal, in addition to some of the above options.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you recently suffered a head injury and you are experiencing any visual disturbances, you should schedule an appointment with Fort Myers Eye Associates, P.A. Our optometrist in Fort Myers will perform a complete exam and create a treatment plan to restore your vision after the injury. You can schedule an appointment with us by calling 239-437-2004 today!