It may be your eyes:
Why Head Injuries Must Be Taken Seriously

Why Head Injuries Must Be Taken Seriously

It may be your eyes:

Concussion (which is also known as mild traumatic brain injury) is an issue that has seen a lot of media coverage in recent years, particularly as it concerns student athletes. With the results of more and more studies showing a strong correlation between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and contact sports like soccer and football, people are finally starting to take concussions more seriously. As such, coaches, parents and physicians are becoming more educated about the adverse effects of concussions and the potential havoc they can wreak on young bodies.

Concussion Symptoms to Watch Out For

Did you know that you can sustain a concussion without being knocked unconscious and even without taking a blow to the head? A sudden collision that causes the head to snap back can have the same result.

In addition, many people don’t realize that the signs of a concussion don’t always appear right away. It may take up to a week after impact for concussion symptoms to begin manifesting, but these symptoms can persist for weeks or even months at a time. The signs and symptoms that are important to be aware of include:

Mild Symptoms:

  • Tiredness / fatigue
  • Headaches & dizziness
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Light sensitivity
  • Anxiety
  • Neckache
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Reading problems

More Severe Symptoms:

  • Slurred speech
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of memory surrounding the occurrence that led to the concussion
  • Seeming confused or dazed or in a fog

If you are having these symptoms, you should see a doctor to be sure nothing dangerous has occurred. If these symptoms persist for more than three months, the patient is said to have
Post-Concussive Syndrome.

Concussion & Binocular Vision Dysfunction

When a concussion occurs, diffuse damage is done to the brain. Any part of the brain can be injured, which is why the there are so many different types of symptoms associated with concussions. One part of the brain that is frequently injured is the visual system, resulting in Binocular Vision Dysfunction, where the two eyes have difficulty working smoothly together as a team. At Vision Specialists of Michigan, our experienced NeuroVisual Specialists can conduct a thorough NeuroVisual Examination to determine if binocular vision disorders such as Vertical Heterophoria or Superior Oblique Palsy are causing visual symptoms.

Take Time to Heal

While concussions can be very serious, the majority will heal with time. If a second concussion were to be sustained before the first is fully healed, however, permanent damage could result. This is why it’s extremely important for athletes to be honest and open about their symptoms, and for coaches to put their players’ welfare ahead of the game. So until a doctor gives you a clean bill of health, stay off the field!

TBI and headaches, along with other neurovisual symptoms, go hand-in-hand. If you or a loved one have experienced a TBI and are still having post-concussive symptoms, contact our team at Vision Specialists of Michigan by calling (248) 258-9000, or fill out our BVD questionnaire. If BVD is causing your visual symptoms, our micro-prism lenses just might be the solution you’re looking for!

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  • American Academy Optometry
  • American Optometric Association
  • Michigan Optometric Association
  • VEDA
  • Neuro Optometry Rehabilitation Association

Dr. Sandy DiPonio earned her optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry in 1996. She is a highly skilled and experienced eye care professional dedicated to giving her patients of all ages excellent and compassionate care. She has a wide variety of experience in binocular vision, pediatric and adult eye care, ocular disease and contact lens fitting. She strives to provide each of her patients the best quality of life they can achieve with their vision through knowledge and education of treatment options.

Dr. DiPonio is a member of the American Optometric Society and Michigan Optometric Society.

Dr. Sally Hoey has been practicing optometry since graduating from Michigan College of Optometry in 2001. During her time in optometry school, she developed an interest in binocular vision, culminating in a senior thesis involving binocular vision.

Prior to joining Vision Specialists of Michigan, Dr. Hoey specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of vision-related learning problems as well as other binocular vision disorders. Her other areas of interest include specialty contact lens fittings and treating dry eye. Dr. Hoey strives to provide her patients with clear, comfortable vision while meeting their individual needs at the same time.

Dr. Hoey had the opportunity to provide eye care on an optometric mission trip to Guyana, South America and vision screenings at a local medical clinic. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Michigan Optometric Association, Metropolitan Detroit Optometric Society and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Dr. Jennifer Place graduated with honors from Michigan College of Optometry in 2001.

Before joining Vision Specialists of Michigan, she specialized in treating pediatric and adult patients with binocular vision disorders and vision-related learning problems, as well as fitting specialty contact lenses and managing various types of ocular disease. She enjoys working with patients with unique visual needs, and she takes great pride in providing all patients with highly customized care.

Dr. Place has volunteered for Opening Eyes, a program that provides eye exams to the athletes of the Michigan Special Olympics, and she participated in an international mission to St. Lucia to provide eye care to those in need. Dr. Place is a member of the Detroit Optometric Society, the Michigan Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, the College of Vision Development, and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation.

Dr. Mary Jo Ference has been practicing optometry since 1990 upon graduating from Ferris State University- Michigan College of Optometry, and is certified in Low Vision Rehabilitation. She has worked at Sinai-Grace Hospital systems for over 20 years before joining Vision Specialists of Michigan in 2013 to work with binocular vision disorders. Her clinical areas of expertise include visual rehabilitation of pediatric and adult patients who have suffered from brain trauma, injury or disease. She has taught both optometry and ophthalmology residents at Sinai Grace Hospital. Dr. Ference has sat on numerous boards, including Sinai Grace Hospital, Berry Out-Patient Surgical Center, and Seedlings Braille Books for the Blind. She is actively involved in area school districts to provide education, training and access for students, teachers, OT’s and PT’s to eye care service rehabilitation information. Dr. Ference has lectured extensively nationally and internationally.

Dr. Debby Feinberg began practicing Optometry in Oakland County in 1983, upon graduating from Illinois College of Optometry. She joined her father, Dr. Paul C. Feinberg, at Mall Optical Center, which was located in Summit Place Mall.

Since 1995 Dr. Feinberg has been developing the field of NeuroVisual Medicine which is the optometric subspecialty that identifies and treats neurological / medical symptoms that originate directly or indirectly in the visual system.

Dr. Feinberg has been performing pioneering work with Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD), a condition where a vision misalignment (frequently subtle) creates difficulties with the two eyes working together to create a single 3-dimensional image, and difficulties with the two eyes following that image as it moves.

The symptoms caused by BVD are not usually associated with problems with the visual system, and include headache, dizziness, anxiety and panic, persistent post-concussive symptoms, gait instability and balance problems, frequent falls, neck pain, motion sickness, nausea, and reading and learning problems.

In 2004. Dr. Feinberg established Vision Specialists of Birmingham, specifically designing the practice to accommodate the needs of the NeuroVisual Medicine patient.

In 2011, the office moved to its current location in Bloomfield Hills and updated its name to Vision Specialists of Michigan.