Chemical Injuries to the Eye

I’ve spent a great deal of time exploring the relationship between head trauma and vision. In this blog I plan to briefly examine chemical injuries to the eye. Approximately 10% -20% of all direct ocular trauma is chemical. This most frequently happens at the workplace but our environment is filled with toxic chemicals- injury can… Continue Reading

Whiplash, Traumatic Brain Injury, and the Eyes

Whiplash is the term most frequently associated with automobile accidents. We hear the word all the time, is it a real thing? People who are injured often use this word to describe their personal experience of a collision. An individual describes the head jerking motion we have all felt in a car from an accident… Continue Reading

Vertigo, Nystagmus and Traumatic Brain Injury

A common side effect of head trauma is vertigo. The victim of an automobile accident who experiences head trauma or whiplash frequently experiences vertigo. Vertigo is the sense that things are spinning around them. Many people have experienced vertigo, as a result of ear infections, medications, or acute alcohol toxicity (the room is spinning). It… Continue Reading

Airbags and the Eye

This blog has covered many topics related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and vision. So this is an interesting look at how TBI prevention can actually place the eye at risk. Everyone knows airbags were developed mostly to prevent drivers and passengers from striking the steering wheel or dashboard in head-on auto collisions. Seat and… Continue Reading

Smooth Pursuit and Traumatic Brain Injury

I have previously discussed the important role of saccadic eye movement in visual function. Saccades are rapid eye movements that allow a person to swiftly look from one place to another in the real world. Humans can quickly shift attention to an object in the field of vision that is off to the side, above,… Continue Reading

Headaches and Traumatic Brain Injury

Headaches are the single most common symptom after a significant head injury. Headaches occur in 30-50% of patients after concussion. Many symptoms disappear after a few days, but a surprising number of victims suffer for months and years after an accident. So what does an eye doctor have to say about headaches? Headaches can significantly… Continue Reading

Floaters and Traumatic Brain Injury

In previous blogs, I have generally covered visual problems secondary to head injuries that are related to the brain. Obviously, there are vision problems related to direct trauma to the eye, but that has not really been the purpose of my blog. These direct eye injuries have already been documented by many other authors. Floaters… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury and Vision Therapy

I have already discussed in detail the numerous visual problems an individual can have after a traumatic head injury even if the eyeballs are healthy. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects the manner in which the eyes and brain communicate. The question then becomes simple: “How can we fix these disturbed connections?” The answer: “Not easily.”… Continue Reading

Concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Every major newspaper in the country carried this front page story in recent weeks. Medical research showed 110 brains of ex-NFL players out of 111 examined at autopsy had evidence of CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. The picture of NFL players’ brains on the front page of newspapers is disturbing on many levels. They are… Continue Reading

Light Sensitivity and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Approximately 50 % of chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients experience increased sensitivity to light. It can be life altering but they are rarely questioned about such complaints and usually nothing is done. As discussed in previous blogs, automobile accidents are a major cause of TBI, but unlike young athletes who have become the center… Continue Reading

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