Concussion Symptoms Halifax
Concussion Symptoms: How to Know You’ve Have One
Have you or someone you know suffered a concussion? It can be difficult to know what concussion symptoms are, especially if the blow to your head seemed minor but there a few signs to know if you suffer from a concussion and what it affects.
What to Watch For
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen without warning and in a variety of situations. If you or a loved one suffers a concussion one of the first symptoms is having no memory of the incident, with loss of consciousness.
Once the person wakes, it’s a good idea to monitor them. If the person starts exhibiting lasting dizziness, visual or eye disturbances, poor motor coordination, confusion or disorientation, slurred speech or changes in speech, these are tell-tale signs that there is some residual damage from the initial injury.
Who Can Get a Concussion?
The popular myth is that people in high-risk professions like sports are susceptible to concussions, but any kind of blow to the head can affect someone adversely. Obviously, another common way is by being in a car accident and having the head struck or vigorously shook. The key is to get medical help within one to two days of the incident to allow a health professional to make an assessment.
Longer Term Damage
Concussions have long-term damage and one area that could be affected is a person’s vision. A person experiencing a TBI could develop Post Traumatic Vision Syndrome. This syndrome is the inability to move the eyes smoothly together in tandem, having problems focusing, balance issues, prescription changes, double vision, blurred vision, perceived movement of objects (a ghosting effect), headaches, hallucinations, and sensitivity to light.
What to Do If Your Eyes Are Damaged
In such a case, it’s best to seek out an eye care professional who specializes in working with traumatic brain injuries. A qualified optometrist would likely have received proper training at by N.O.R.A. (Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association) or the Padula Institute of Vision.
What to Expect From Therapy
Prism therapy can help stabilize and ground the focal visual system so that reorientation can occur. Some patients might require specialized testing to determine the extent of damage. Once an assessment is complete, full therapy can begin.
At Bedford Eye Care, we extend help to those with concussion symptoms in Halifax as well as for those in need of regular examinations and prescriptions. Phone us at 902-835- 2020 or contact us to set your appointment today.