Traumatic Brain Injury
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can alter the way your brain functions. Effects of concussion are often temporary but can include headaches, problems with concentration, memory, balance, vision and eye movements. SoLo Eye Care works closely with local neurologists and researchers to develop therapies to alleviate the ocular and cognitive effects of post concussion syndrome in our patients. We are currently involved in multiple national research studies to examine the ocular effects of concussion and to develop treatments for those with post concussion syndrome.
Did you know a concussion cannot be detected on an MRI, CT scan or X-Ray? Furthermore, loss of consciousness occurs in less than 10% of all concussions, and we know from CDC data that concussions are under diagnosed. We need an objective test to screen for concussion. A local eye doctor named Steve Devick has developed a ground-breaking screening test for concussion that has been validated in over 50 peer reviewed publications and is used on sidelines across the country.
Your eyes are an extension of your brain; vision alone accounts for over 55% of the brain’s pathways. Your eyes are significantly impacted by a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion and are critical to diagnosing defects in brain activity following a concussion. The King-Devick test utilizes vision and rapid eye movements known as saccades as a basis for concussion detection.
The King-Devick Test is an objective remove-from-play sideline concussion screening test that can be administered by parents and coaches in minutes. The King-Devick Test is an accurate and reliable method for identifying athletes with head trauma and has particular relevance to: Football, Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Rugby, Baseball, Softball and all other contact and collision activities.
The test is easy-to-administer test and is given on the sidelines of sporting events to aid in the detection of concussions in athletes. The King-Devick Test can help to objectively determine whether players should be removed from play. As a result, King-Devick Test can help prevent the serious consequences of repetitive concussions resulting from an athlete continuing to play with a head injury.
SoLo Eye Care relies on the King-Devick to screen for concussion. Not every school or athletic club can afford to have a physician or athletic trainer on the sideline for every practice or game. We sponsor many local athletic teams to provide them with the tools and education they need to help better diagnose concussions.
Call SoLo Eye Care for further information on the King-Devick test and to schedule a consult for your child’s athletic team.
Watch Dr. Bob discuss the King Devick Test on Fox News
Post Concussion Syndrome
Vision Rehabilitation is progressive, individualized treatment for people who struggle with eye teaming (binocular vision), eye focusing (accommodation), or eye tracking (oculomotor) disorders following a traumatic brain injury. Vision rehabilitation is prescribed based on results of standardized tests performed during a comprehensive eye exam and visual efficiency evaluation or at the request of a neurologist. The visual efficiency examination provides an in-depth analysis of the ability of the eyes to work together as a team, as required for 3D vision, focus to see objects clearly, and generate appropriate reading eye movements and eye tracking ability.
A binocular vision disorder is a common problem following a traumatic brain injury. It may be caused by an inaccuracy in the eye teaming, eye focusing system, which are wired neurologically. The most common binocular vision disorder, convergence insufficiency, results from the inability of the eyes to aim accurately at a near target. This condition results in common symptoms of blur, double vision, eye strain, or fatigue. Symptoms tend to increase with excessive reading or computer work and for teens and college students with longer hours of studying. Vision rehabilitation is the most effective treatment for convergence insufficiency as demonstrated by the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial, a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
Click on this link to read the CITT study: http://www.convergenceinsufficiency.net/uploads/CITT_Arch_2008.pdf