A recent article in Optometry & Vision Science offered solid evidence that comprehensive vision assessments should be considered in children who have had a concussion. Especially if the children report academic difficulty and trouble in the development of return-to-learn protocols, as they may be suffering from a concussion-related visual disorder.
It was discovered that of the children who had suffered a concussion and presented three of more concussive symptoms for 10 days, 29% of children reported academic difficulty and 46% had vision abnormalities. However, “No vision specialists, neither optometrists nor ophthalmologists, are listed among the medical specialists who may be involved in return-to-learn decisions,” the researchers wrote.
The findings suggest that vision care providers should play a much larger part in the care and return-to-learn of patients who have suffered concussions. If your child has suffered a concussion, make sure to have their vision examined in order to help them be as successful as possible when they return to their normal activities.
A concussion-related visual disorder should be taken seriously – not only for your child’s academic studies, but more importantly for their overall health. The article recommends vision training after a concussion, as there is a high rate of success in the concussed person’s ability to regain normal vision after the incident. Val Vista Vision offers sports vision training, which helps with coordination, concentration, balance, timing, and accuracy.