There has been a huge investment of time and money in learning about concussions and brain injuries. With all of the knowns about brain injuries, there are still many unknowns. Concussions and brain injuries affect everybody differently. Many people recover and return to normal lives. However, many have residual symptoms following their injuries.
It is estimated that 2.5 million people annually in just the USA visit a hospital for a traumatic brain injury. There are probably a lot more that go unreported. Sustaining a brain injury or concussion is often difficult as people "look" normal but they don't "feel" normal.
Vision problems are a common symptom post brain injury or concussion. The brain has a multitude of connections. Too many to count. Many of the connections deal with our sensory system. After a brain injury, some of these connections can be disturbed. At Eversee Boutique Eyecare, our approach to brain injuries and concussions utilizes the latest advancements in vision care and neuroscience which includes lenses, prisms, filters, tints, syntonics, and rehabilitative exercises.
Since there are so many sensory connections in the brain, sensory changes are common with brain injuries and concussions. Many patients report increased light sensitivity. However, other sensory changes include sensitivity to sound and even changes to smell.
The peripheral retina is connected to our nervous system. After a brain injury or concussion, our nervous system has a difficult time relaxing, and the peripheral retina is much more active. This causes light sensitivity, but also overstimulation of the peripheral retina. Sometimes post brain injury and concussion, people have difficulty navigating through a grocery or department store. It could be the bright lights, and it could also be all of the stimuli in the setting.
There are so many other potential symptoms following a brain injury or concussion, and they all won't be listed here. However, other common symptoms include:
⦁ sleep changes (can't sleep, sleep too much)
⦁ emotional changes (anger, irritability)
⦁ sensory changes (light and sound sensitive)
⦁ headaches, migraines, head pain
⦁ neck pain/back pain
⦁ reading difficulty
⦁ dizziness, nausea
⦁ motion sick, difficulty driving or being a passenger