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

Neck Injury and Eye Movements

I have covered a number of subjects in my blog related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and ocular function. As a person might suspect, head injuries are frequently connected to neck injuries. In fact, neck injuries from motor vehicle accidents are more common than concussions. If one considers a whiplash injury, the brain can go… Continue Reading

Driving and Traumatic Brain Injury

One of the most difficult things to do is driving again after experiencing a major automobile accident that results in a traumatic brain injury. Often, there is real fear and anxiety about what was previously a routine task, getting around. This short-term stress of getting back behind the wheel usually diminishes in time, and old… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury and Dry Eyes

So it is hard to imagine why there would be a connection between symptoms of dry eyes and head injury. Many of my traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients complain of ocular irritation, redness, and foreign body sensation after head injury. In the absence of direct ocular injury, I have found such complaints difficult to assess.… 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

Neuroimaging and Traumatic Brain Injury

So why would an ophthalmologist be interested in neuroimaging– the results of a CT scan or MRI of the brain? First, the brain and eye work together closely and are actually attached. Secondly, to make the discussion straightforward, to take away the fog surrounding scans- after all, eye doctors are good at bringing things into… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury and Eye Pain

After significant head trauma (TBI), patients frequently complain of eye pain. Interestingly, people complain of eye pain even when there was no direct injury to the eyeball itself. An observer would expect that an eye which was directly injured in a motor vehicle accident by contact with glass, an airbag, or a steering wheel would… 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

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