Visual pathways alone account for more than 50% of the brain’s pathways and, therefore, are commonly affected in concussion, according to Steve Devick, OD, cofounder and CEO of King-Devick test.
“A new awareness of the role of vision in the mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) patient has created a significant increase in office visits and referrals to our optometric practices,” the doctors said in their presentation. “MTBI is associated with numerous deleterious changes affecting the visual system. Dysfunctions of the oculomotor and binocular vision systems are some of the most widely reported visual problems in individuals with mTBI.”
“Because of the high prevalence of subjective visual complaints and oculomotor dysfunctions in TBI patients in various studies, a comprehensive vision evaluation should be conducted after brain injury, regardless of injury type or severity,” Dr. Richard Laudon said in the SECO presentation. According to Laudon, the eye exam should include more than acuity and eye health and probe areas of binocularity, accommodation and ocular motilities.
Read the full article here: Optometry’s role increases in identifying, treating concussion
Join us June 17 at Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center for a Concussion Talk on Visual Consequences of TBI.