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


Neuropsychologists and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

As I have discussed in previous blogs, there is often no definitive test to detect a traumatic brain injury (TBI). CT scans and MRI scans are extremely insensitive to detecting brain injuries unless those injuries are severe. Glasgow coma scales which are used to assess a patient’s awareness in the emergency room immediately after accident… 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


Floaters and Traumatic Brain Injury

In previous blogs, I have generally covered visual problems secondary to head injuries that are related to the brain. Obviously, there are vision problems related to direct trauma to the eye, but that has not really been the purpose of my blog. These direct eye injuries have already been documented by many other authors. Floaters… Continue Reading


Convergence Insufficiency and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

I have previously discussed the difficulty patients often have in reading after head injuries. I have also blogged on the importance of Accommodative Insufficiency, (the inability of an eye to focus up close) after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). There is one other major factor which can impact a person’s near vision after head trauma… 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


Concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Every major newspaper in the country carried this front page story in recent weeks. Medical research showed 110 brains of ex-NFL players out of 111 examined at autopsy had evidence of CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2645104 The picture of NFL players’ brains on the front page of newspapers is disturbing on many levels. They are… 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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