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


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


Airbags and the Eye

This blog has covered many topics related to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and vision. So this is an interesting look at how TBI prevention can actually place the eye at risk. Everyone knows airbags were developed mostly to prevent drivers and passengers from striking the steering wheel or dashboard in head-on auto collisions. Seat and… 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


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


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