• TBI MedLegal Conference, San Diego, CA – February 2018 • PI Expert Institute & Traumatic Brain Injury Symposium (Seminar Speaker), Los Angeles, CA – March 2018 • North American Brain Injury Society, Houston, TX – March 2018 • 8th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, Washington, DC – May 2018 • 12th Annual National Summit… Continue Reading

Whiplash and Visual Symptoms

Approximately half of whiplash victims have problems with vision. These are not necessarily patients with head injury or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)- these are patients who experience what is termed in medicine “whiplash associated disorder” (WAD). As you know I am an ophthalmologist, so I read the most prestigious peer-reviewed academic journal: Ophthalmology, The Journal… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Parkinson’s Disease

There has been much discussion of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and its association with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Most of this material has been covered in previous blogs. The evidence on Parkinson’s Disease has been less clear but a recent study headed by researchers from U.C. San… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Brain Repair

In order to keep this blog relevant I like to review academic and mainstream articles related to traumatic brain injury (TBI). I regularly read the journal “Nature“- considered a premier journal in all areas of scientific research- the best of the best for important new discoveries in science. So I recently read an interesting article… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Near point of Convergence | Biomarkers

This last week I attended the 8th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference in Washington DC (May 16-17). This was an entirely academic meeting and provides up-to-date scientific findings relevant to this blog, including Near Point of Convergence. I heard a presentation by Dianne Langford PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University,… Continue Reading

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Contrast Sensitivity

The most common manner in which eye care professionals measure visual acuity is the Snellen eye chart, which is quick and simple but only measures high-contrast sensitivity. This is the big “E” chart everyone has seen, and 20/20 vision which everyone understands as optimal. This has been around over 100 years and is one of… Continue Reading

Potential Blood Test Identifies Concussion

An April 20 research article out of the University of California, Irvine in collaboration with other major universities has identified a panel of 6 plasma blood test markers to help diagnose acute concussion. One purpose of this blog is to provide up-to-date scientific information on traumatic brain injury (TBI), to the general public in a… Continue Reading

Glasgow Coma scale and TBI

The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) was created in 1974 by academics Bryan Jennet and Graham Teasdale to evaluate coma and impaired consciousness in an emergency setting. The scale employs three clinical findings: eye response, motor (muscle) response and verbal response. Scores ranged from 3 (deep coma) to 15 (fully aware). The desire was to create… Continue Reading

Pupils and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The eye is often described as the window to the soul. And the pupil is the window to the eye. What is the pupil? People know it as a black circle in the middle of the eye which responds to light. It is actually a virtual space, a void. The surrounding tissue, the iris, is… Continue Reading

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