Brain Injuries & Concussions
Brain injuries & concussions are not to be taken lightly, no matter the age of occurrence. The visual system is a complex network of neurology that is found in over 70% of the brain. Think of your eyes and brain as the software that governs your body and its movements. Seven of the twelve cranial nerves that run your body are primarily used for eye functions - the most metabolic activity occurs when the eyes are asked to move and perform.
Brain and head injuries, along with concussions, can cause disruptions to the visual mechanics and processing mechanism, causing serious visual symptoms and may require vision therapy and neuro-rehabilitation. This means that even though your eyes are clear, you still may be experiencing other visual symptoms when your eyes are asked to work as a team. Fort Collins Family Eye Care and our Vision Performance Center is the best choice when it comes to neuro-rehabilitation and vision therapy.
Traumatic brain and head injuries can cause damage to your visual system and cause major disruptions to your wellness, productivity, and lifestyle. However, with treatment, you can regain visual skills, reduce or eliminate your symptoms, and learn to love your life again. At Fort Collins Family Eye Care and Vision Performance Center, we believe in a collaborative approach to treatment and ensure that every patient has the support they need to recover. Dr. Munson and our team of wellness heroes are tirelessly dedicated to the success of our patients. If you’ve suffered a head or brain injury of any kind, we have the tools, treatments, and expertise to ensure that you get the care you need for your all of your symptoms.
Visual Concussion & brain injury symptoms
Dizziness, motion sickness
Intolerance and avoidance of reading
Reduction of visual field
Peripheral vision problems
Avoidance of busy crowds
Depth perception problems
Intolerance to digital device use
Decreased reading comprehension
How Head Injuries Affect Vision
Because the visual system is in so many parts of the brain, the system is susceptible to injury, no matter how bad your injury may be. According to The Concussion Project, up to 1/3 of the symptoms you may experience are visual, and over 50% of people who experience a concussion or post-concussion syndrome suffer from visual issues. Seeing Dr. Munson at Fort Collins Family Eye Care can help you regain your visual skills and preserve your long-term vision.
Your central vision is the part of your vision that lets you to see things right in front of you, allowing you to do things like read, draw, write, and drive. Your peripheral vision is responsible for allowing you to determine space and motion—you know where you are in relation to the world around you because of your peripheral vision. To get the most out of your vision, these two systems must be working in harmony. However, after a concussion or head injury, the balance may be upset, and you may find seemingly simple tasks, like reading or processing busy areas, difficult. At Fort Collins Family Eye Care and Vision Performance Center, we have the latest technologies that will help determine the severity of the imbalance between these two systems, and we will develop a personalized treatment plan that is designed to give you back your vision and your life.
Visual Treatments for Concussions
Vision therapy & Neuro-rehabilitation:
Vision therapy at our Vision Performance Center is centered around helping you rebuild visual skills by strengthening the eye-brain connection. Vision performance training helps retrain your brain how to use the visual system.
Prism lenses help improve spatial vision, helping with your ability to perceive depth and navigate yourself around your world.
Neurolens® is the latest technology that we have to help with the misalignment of your eyes to help improve spatial vision.
Diopsys® NOVA™ technology allows us to measure how the magno-cellular and parvo-cellular visual pathways respond to signals. By using this state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Munson is able to determine how strong, consistently, and quickly your brain sees. Read more about this testing here.
Prevention is the best form of treatment. Whenever you’re doing something that puts your head at risk, always be sure to wear a helmet and safety eye wear. If you do experience a head or brain injury, or concussion, be sure to schedule an appointment at Fort Collins Family Eye Care to make sure that all of your symptoms are treated so that you can return to optimal wellness. Live your life on your terms!
At Fort Collins Family Eye Care, we are dedicated to your wellness. If you have suffered a head injury of any kind, schedule an appointment with Dr. Munson today. Your vision is one of your most important assets, and we want to help you protect it.