Many people don’t understand that sustaining a concussion is a serious matter. A concussion is more than just a knock on the head – it’s an injury to the brain also known as a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). You don’t have to have a loss of consciousness to have a concussion, as is commonly thought. Usually, concussive symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, loss of balance and brain fog get better within a couple of weeks, though they can linger for up to three months.
However, a good percentage of patients – up to 30 percent – experience post-concussive symptoms beyond that three-month time period. What we have discovered is that a significant number of these patients have an uncorrected binocular vision problem that has been caused or made worse by the TBI.
What Is Post-Concussive Syndrome?
Simply put, post-concussive syndrome is a set of symptoms that continue to occur months after a concussion is sustained. Some people are still suffering more than a year later. It is believed that these symptoms are due to a faulty signal being sent to the eyes from the brain, causing the eyes to become misaligned. This misalignment results in double vision symptoms, which is something the brain will not accept. It corrects this problem by forcing the eye muscles to move the eyes back into the correct position. The stress and strain put on these muscles as they do this often results in a headache. It can also cause the muscles, and thus the eyes, to quiver. This sensation of movement directly conflicts with the vestibular system, which senses no movement, and dizziness is the result of this conflict.
Realigning the Eyes
At the Neuro Visual Center of New York, we treat post-concussive syndrome and other binocular vision dysfunctions by adding aligning prismatic lenses to a pair of regular eyeglasses. Proper prismatic correction moves images back to the correct position, which allows the eye muscles to relax. This, in turn, will significantly decrease or even resolve the headaches, dizziness, blurred vision and other symptoms of post-concussive syndrome the patient has been experiencing. Most people experience at least an 80 percent reduction of symptoms at the first office visit.
Get Help From Our Specialists
If you or someone you know has had a concussion in recent months and may be experiencing symptoms of post-concussive syndrome, please take a minute to fill out our questionnaire or call us at (516) 224-4888. The problem may be your eyes, and if it is, we want to help!