What can cause a Brain Injury?
A Brain Injury can be caused by even a mild hit to the head. A concussion, often termed a 'mild traumatic brain injury' (TBI) disrupts the normal function of the brain. It can be caused by a blow, a bump, or jolt to the head. These types of brain injuries, and the changes that occur, are often undetected with an MRI or a CT scan. A concussion may seem trivial, but it's actually a brain injury. Even if it doesn't cause a loss of consciousness, a brain injury can interfere with the brain's visual pathways. It can cause a disruption of the brain and the eyes working together properly. It can bring on many visual dysfunctions. Studies show that 90% of TBI patients experience some sort of visual dysfunction.
The impact of a concussion can bring on long-term life-altering consequences, including blurred vision, visual field defects, and reading problems. It can cause symptoms that are similar to Dyslexia, ADD, or ADHD. It can cause someone to have difficulty knowing where they are in space. That can bring on changes in posture and difficulty with balance. Some individuals have to tilt their head or turn their head in order to avoid seeing double after a brain injury.
A Traumatic Brain Injury can be due to a car accident, a blast due to explosion, a fall, physical abuse, or a sports-related injury. At times, the impact may seem to be mild, but the changes may be disproportional to the injury. Some injuries can bring on a brain bleed while others may not bleed at all. A concussion or brain injury may not cause any pain. Symptoms may not appear for days or weeks. A TBI and related visual symptoms need to be taken seriously. If you've sustained even a mild head injury, but feel that you've had a reason for concern, call us. We can offer the right course of treatment and can help you regain these important skills and prevent potential long-term damage. We can often help you get back to being the person that you were before the injury.