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Prism Glasses for Post-Concussion Patients

Concussions Can Affect the Visual System

Prism Glasses for Post Concussion PatientsConcussions are brain injuries resulting from physical trauma, such as a car accident, a fall, or a collision while playing sports. Left untreated, they can adversely affect one’s health for months or years to come. Because the visual system relies on the brain, a concussion can cause:  

  • blurred vision
  • double vision 
  • eyes misaligned while focusing
  • sensitivity to light
  • depth-perception problems
  • headaches
  • vertigo
  • balance problems
  • eyestrain
  • difficulty reading

People who experience a concussion often sustain other injuries, so medical professionals may initially overlook visual problems. Fortunately, when these problems arise, vision therapy can help. 

Prisms Aid in Vision Therapy 

If you’ve suffered a concussion, Dr. Patrick Quaid, Dr. Hadassah Rutman, & Dr. Daniel Cunningham will ask about your visual symptoms post-concussion and how your daily routine is affected. Then Dr. Patrick Quaid, Dr. Hadassah Rutman, & Dr. Daniel Cunningham will perform a comprehensive eye exam to check for severe optical consequences like retinal detachment or traumatic uveitis, and will evaluate your depth perception, binocular vision, and ability to focus.  

Vision therapy for a concussion often includes the wearing of eyeglasses with prisms, which compensate for any changes to the visual system caused by the concussion. Prisms address spatial challenges — such as posture, depth perception, coordination, and balance — by shifting the perceived position of objects and adjusting part of the person’s visual field. You should begin to notice improvement while wearing prism eyeglasses during therapeutic exercises like walking in a corridor, taking heel-to-toe steps, and reading. If the concussion’s visual effects are more severe, Dr. Patrick Quaid, Dr. Hadassah Rutman, & Dr. Daniel Cunningham will prescribe prism eyeglasses for your daily use.

Prisms’ effects are real. One study found that prisms led to a 71.8 percent reduction of headache, dizziness, and anxiety symptoms in some patients with traumatic brain injury. That study also found that the use of prisms allows other post-concussion therapies — physical therapy, occupational therapy, and medication — to work more effectively.

That means a better quality of life.

 

 

At VUE Vision Therapy Center, Dr. Patrick Quaid, Dr. Hadassah Rutman, & Dr. Daniel Cunningham uses prisms for post-concussion patients in Guelph, North York, Kitchener, York, and throughout Ontario.

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