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How does concussion affect vision?

Written by FXNL Staff
May 24, 2017

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.

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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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