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Concussions & Vision

Concussions & Vision

Vision Problems Resulting from Concussion

Post-concussion symptoms include problems with concentration, eyestrain, loss of place while reading, slower processing speed, headaches and fatigue.  These symptoms are very similar to symptoms relating to eye coordination disorders (which we often see in patients who have suffered a head injury). We have known for years that concussions cause vision problems, and these are some of the types of vision problems that we specialize in treating to help children get back on track with their academics after a concussion.

It is vital that parents and educators know the signs and symptoms of vision problems that block learning as a result of a concussion.

Signs of Post Trauma Vision Syndrome include:

  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Light sensitivity
  • Attention or concentration difficulties
  • Staring behavior (low blink rate)
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Losing place when reading
  • Can’t find beginning of next line when reading
  • Comprehension problems when reading
  • Pulls away from objects when they are brought   close to them
  • Exotropia or high exophoria
  • Difficulty shifting focus from near to far
  • Words move or blur when reading
  • Objects appear to move
  • Unstable peripheral vision
  • Difficulties with balance, coordination and posture
  • Perceived movement of stationary objects
  • Consistently stays to one side of hallway or room
  • Bumps into objects when walking
  • Difficulty with balance and movement

Just one of these symptoms could mean that your child is struggling with post trauma vision syndrome. It is likely vision therapy can help! Call us today at (763) 757-7000 to schedule an appointment – or click here to get started!

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