What is a Concussion and How Does it Affect Me?

Concussions are a result of impact, either direct or indirect, to the head. The impact cause the brain to the inside of the skull and cause brain bruising. The interruption between the eyes and the brain can cause headaches, disorientation, confusion, dizziness, light sensitivity, blurred vision, double vision, and trouble focusing.

Experiencing a concussion can cause long term symptoms like headaches, vertigo, and visual difficulties. Our visual system becomes overwhelmed easier and in order to protect itself, will close itself down in order to process information at a more comfortable pace. This, however, means the relationship between the central and peripheral visual system becomes unbalanced. When that happens, the brain is using the visual system in a disorganized manner and making the space and world we are comfortable in entirely different from what we are used to.

How Can We Help?

Our brain’s continue to learn and create neuro-pathways up until the day we pass, so learning new techniques to improve our daily lives after incidents like a concussion shouldn’t feel impossible. Our customized rehabilitation program helps patients regain confidence in their space, reduce symptoms, and teaches visual strategies for daily living! We believe that everyone is capable of empowering themselves with the knowledge and skills to improve their daily life and reduce symptoms.

Test We Run

RightEye - A 5 minute ocular movement test that uses infrared light to track eye movement and tests baselines for vision tracking, eye-teaming, eye-hand coordination, and other visual tracking impairments.

Functional Visual Field - This test provides a quick and efficient view of the functional visual color fields. These show us the relationship between the visual system, the body, and the how much space one is able to process and interact with at one time.

Balance Test & Body Mapping - Using a balance board and computerized system, we are able to asses how well your eyes and body work together. This test helps give insight on which sensory inputs, like vision and vestibular, are being used effectively to keep you balanced or if there is any dysfunction in the balance between the systems.

Our doctor also performs a body mapping and alignment assessment that uses specialized yoked prism lenses to help identify a visual mid-line shift and better align the body and visual system.