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


Seniors, Vision, and Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the World Health Organization, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will be ranked as a major cause of death and disability in the world. In the USA, 155,000 seniors will suffer TBIs and probably many more, unrecognized mild TBIs. So why talk about seniors (or patients over 65)? Everybody gets into automobile accidents, everybody falls.… Continue Reading


Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Children

This week the The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a detailed report to Congress describing the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on children. This blog has been committed to providing the latest news on a very hot topic. The public is paying attention, and Congress wanted answers. The news is not good. Children… 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


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


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


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


How I See TBI and Ophthalmology’s Relationship

The clues for brain damage are in the eyes. Most head injury victims with severe brain injury end up in the hospital, yet upwards of 95% are sent home, even though they may be experiencing vision problems. They may see a chiropractor or orthopedic surgeon if they have accompanying back and neck injuries. Often, they… Continue Reading


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