Concussion Recovery

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Concussions are the most common brain injury, often producing a diffuse brain injury that impacts the entire brain with inflammation and swelling. The majority of concussions do not result in a loss of consciousness, and even a mild concussion can produce severe symptoms.

Proper diagnosis and treatment immediately following and monitoring at regular intervals is key to preventing persistent post-concussion issues. Because vision issues occur in up to 90% of individuals following a concussion, a Neuro-Vision Evaluation will identify post-concussion vision syndrome, which is best treated early on following the injury.

What are symptoms of post-concussion vision syndrome?

  • Difficulty reading or performing near work for extended periods
  • Unable to view screens or computers
  • Blurred vision at distance or near
  • Difficulty looking from near to far/far to near
  • Double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty with movement and/or crowded environments
  • Avoidance of reading and near work
  • Easily distracted while reading
  • Balance dysfunction
  • Feeling foggy or off

If you or a loved one has had concussion(s) and experience any of the above symptoms, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Talaber by clicking the Schedule a Consult button below. If you would like to schedule a Neuro-Vision Evaluation, please contact our office.

If you aren’t sure where to start, take our free neuro-vision symptom quiz to find out if you would benefit from a consultation.

What causes post-concussion vision syndrome?

Visual pathways of the brain are susceptible to concussive injury. These pathways are responsible for maintaining clear, comfortable, binocular vision throughout the day, and disruption in these pathways can lead to reduced performance and severe symptoms in daily activities.

How is post-concussion vision syndrome treated?

Vision rehabilitation is the best treatment for post-concussion vision issues. Vision rehabilitation addresses the root of the problem, which is a disruption in the visual brain pathways. Through advanced vision techniques, repetition, and learning, these visual pathways can recover, become faster and more accurate, allowing for vision to support activities rather than disrupt them.

In addition to utilizing the active vision therapy techniques in vision rehabilitation, Dr. Talaber incorporates syntonics (or color light therapy), meditation practice, and breath work to help calm the ups and downs that many people with post-concussion vision syndrome experience. We have found this approach also helps to integrate newly-learned visual skills more quickly.

Concussion treatment often also includes special lens prescriptions, lifestyle recommendations, proper nutrition and supplementation, and other therapeutic programs that support comprehensive concussion recovery.

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