A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can happen to anyone at any time as a result of whiplash, a blow to the head and a variety of different maladies. An estimated 1.7 million people in the U.S. will experience a traumatic brain injury this year alone, 30% of which will be sustained by children participating in contact sports like football and soccer, along with other recreational activities.
Concussion is the most frequent TBI, the result of a sudden blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the brain to move within the skull. When a concussion occurs, it changes the way the brain functions and interprets visual signals, leading many sufferers to experience post-concussive syndrome.
Signs of Post-Concussive Syndrome
While headaches and dizziness are the most common indicators of this condition, other symptoms can include:
Poor memory & concentration
Double vision symptoms
Sensitivity to noise & light
Slowed reaction time
TBI and BVD
The symptoms of TBI can occur immediately after a concussion or show up days or even weeks afterward. Many of these symptoms are also a sign of binocular vision dysfunction (BVD), and if they last longer than three months, there’s a good possibility that the TBI has morphed into BVD, a misalignment of the eyes that affects the way that the eyes work together in tandem. Many people aren’t aware of this little-known condition, and struggle to find relief from their post-concussive symptoms through therapies and medications that don’t treat the real problem.
Fortunately, in most cases, treatment for BVD is simple.
How a Simple Pair of Glasses Can Combat BVD
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have BVD, it’s important to have an extensive neurovisual evaluation done by the doctors at the Neuro Visual Center of New York. This exam will measure the visual misalignments that are causing your symptoms, and allow the doctors to provide a customized prescription for aligning prismatic lenses to treat the BVD. In many instances, patients receive immediate relief from their symptoms when they put on their new eyeglasses.
Watch Dr. Cheryl’s video about post-concussive syndrome and binocular vision dysfunction.
Here at the Neuro Visual Center of New York, our use of aligning glasses to correct the misalignments cause by BVD have helped many people get their lives back. To learn more about how this works, give us a call today at (516) 224-4888.