How Does Concussion Affect Vision?


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Optometrist, Dr. Shirley Blanc (B.Sc., O.D.), talks with us about the relationship between concussion and visual dysfunction, including prevalence, signs and symptoms, and treatment strategies. Dr. Blanc highlights the difference between a Standard Eye Exam and a Neuro-optometric Assessment, and explains how you can have 20/20 vision post-concussion, yet still have a visual dysfunction.

00:24 Can you please introduce yourself?

01:02 How did you get involved in concussion and neuro-optometry?

01:47 There is a saying that the eyes are the window to the brain? Would you agree with this?

02:51 Why is vision affected after a concussion?

03:30 What is the prevalence of vision problems after a concussion?

03:52 What vision symptoms can be present following a concussion?

04:32 Can a standard eye exam diagnose a visual system dysfunction?

05:23 What are some eye abnormalities that you may find in a more detailed occulomotor screen?

06:06 Can eye movements give clues between an inner ear vs a central problem vs other brain areas?

07:52 What are some treatment strategies for post-concussion vision problems?

08:28 How do you explain vision problems to a patient after a concussion?

09:33 How important is collaboration among different health professionals in this population?

10:29 When should a health professional who does concussion rehabilitation refer their patient to an optometrist specializing in concussion?

11:08 Can you share a little known fact about concussion and vision?

12:13 Is there anything else you’d like to share?

13:02 Where can people find out more about you?

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