Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Virtual Reality

So, here is a new subject that hints at hope for traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. I have previously discussed the role of vision therapy in helping head injury patients, especially those who are having difficulty reading. Vision therapy is a set of vision exercises and training performed by optometrists with unique equipment in their… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury and the African American Population

Population statistics show that African Americans are more likely to suffer brain injuries than other Americans as a percentage of their population. Thus, being African American is a risk factor for concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is especially true among African American males. The reasons behind this trend are obviously complex, but this… Continue Reading

Head Hits, Not Concussion, Can Cause Brain Injury

A January 18th, 2018 article from the Washington Post describes recent medical research where head injuries without concussion symptoms can cause brain damage. This is a new finding and an important distinction. The terms “concussion” and “TBI” (traumatic brain injury) often get mixed together. The medical thinking has been that when a person gets hit… Continue Reading

Combat Veterans Coming Home With CTE (Brain Damage)

These are the headlines of a recent CBS News broadcast concerning military personnel returning from Iraq (Jan 7, 2018). No, this is not a news report on ex-NFL players having brain injuries from multiple concussions. Football player’s problems are now considered old news, so old a full-length motion picture “Concussion” was nominated for an Academy… Continue Reading

Flashing Lights and Traumatic Brain Injury

Many patients experience flashing lights when they experience significant head trauma. Flashing lights which are transient and well-connected to an immediate episode of head injury are usually of little consequence. Often individuals see stars in front of their eyes or strange visual patterns related to the traumatic episodes. What if unusual visual phenomenon or hallucinations… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury and Visual Fatigue

After head injuries, a traumatic brain injury, people often say their eyes are “tired.” If that seems vague, it is vague to me as well. Eye doctors want more specific information, but the complaint is real and common. Patients often state they want to close their eyes, they can only work on the computer for… Continue Reading

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

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