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The Doctor's Mailbag: Our Optometrists and Vision Therapists Take Your Questions!
Inside: A Concussion Discussion

posted on September 15, 2016

It's the third edition of the Advanced Vision Therapy / Strasburg Family Eyecare Mailbag, and we have two great questions submitted to our mailbag that we'll be answering. This series is YOUR opportunity to ask Dr. Rob Lauver and the Advanced Vision Therapy team whatever is on your mind related to you or your child's eyes, brain, etc. To submit your questions for the next edition of the mailbag, follow the instructions on this blog post.

With that, here are the questions.

Q: Why can't I read after having a concussion?

A: Vision is neurological and therefore any neurological trauma can affect one or more of the 17 skills that provide perfect visual skills including reading. Eye tracking and teaming are the two primary skills needed to read effectively, and these can be adversely affected by a concussion. The good news is that vision therapy has been shown to help remediate such deficiencies.

Q: What should I do if I suspect my child had a concussion at sports practice?

A: Concussions affect people in different ways. Recent research has shown the one of the most accurate tests to determine if an athlete has sustained a concussion is the King Devick ocular motility test. This test can be given on the sidelines by a trained coach. If you do not have access to this test on the field, find a professional who uses this and other tests to determine not only if a concussion has been sustained, but can also determine how severe. Trust your instincts, and don't let your child return to practice until he or she has been cleared by a trained professional.

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