Do you have to lose consciousness to have a brain injury?
I'm Dr. Moshe Roth, I practice at Family Eye Care in Old Bridge, New Jersey.
A brain injury can be caused by even a mild hit to the head. A traumatic brain injury is a disruption and the normal function of the brain most are caused by a blow, a bump or a jolt to the head. You can have a TBI, even if you haven't lost consciousness.
A concussion may seem trivial, but it's actually a brain injury. Even if it didn't cause a loss of consciousness, any brain injury can interfere with the brains visual pathways. It can cause a disruption in the brain and the eyes communicate properly. It can bring on many visual dysfunctions.
Studies have shown that 90% of TBI patients experienced some sort of visual disruption. These can bring on long-term and life altering consequences, including blurred vision, visual field loss and reading problems.
A very common symptom of traumatic brain injury is sensitivity to light. It can cause symptoms that are similar to dyslexia or to add or ADHD.
It can cause difficulties and knowing where somebody is in space and that can cause dizziness changes in posture and difficulty with balance.
Some individuals that have to tilt their head or turn their head in order to avoid seeing double.
Some brain injuries called traumatic brain injuries are caused by a motor vehicle accident, a blast due to an explosion, a fall, physical abuse or a sports related injury.
At times, what may seem to be a mild hit to the head can bring about changes that seem to be disproportionate to the injury.
Some injuries may bring on a brain bleed while others may not bleed at all.
It may not cause me symptoms may not appear for days or weeks TBIs and related visual symptoms must be taken seriously if you sustain even a mild head injury, but feel that you have a reason for concern, call us.
We can help determine the right course of treatment. Then we can prevent potential long-term damage. We can often offer help to get you back to being the person that you were before the injury.