Woodpeckers and Traumatic Brain Injury

So, one purpose of this blog is to get us to think and have fun. So imagine an animal that beats its head into a tree numerous times with significant force and velocity, every day. The woodpecker has a brain, and it gets slammed around quite a bit, but it adapts to this life. It… 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

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