Various eye problems can result from head trauma or concussion. Studies say that vision-related issues may affect up to 82% of concussed patients.
Light Sensitivity and Photophobia
Photophobia or light sensitivity can be triggered by certain light sources like sunlight and fluorescent lighting. Recent studies suggest that liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), such as computers and smart devices, can be harmful to individuals who had a concussion and are light sensitive.
Blurred or Double Vision
Diplopia or double vision is a common result of a concussion. It may be caused by damage to the muscles or nerves around the eye. Double or blurred vision after head trauma can also be a sign of a severe neurological disorder, such as migraine-associated vertigo. Moreover, it can also result in poor balance, dizziness, poor balance and eyestrain. If you’re experiencing any of these, immediately contact your eye doctor
You can experience partial or complete vision loss after a head trauma. Some may experience blind spots in their peripheral vision while others tend to have reduced vision in half of their visual field. It can be caused by a direct eye injury or trauma to the main optic nerve at the back of the eye.
After a head injury, patients may feel a stabbing pain or dull ache around the eye. Accommodation spasm can occur due to the trauma that caused the concussion. It’s when the muscles surrounding the eye remain contracted for too long. Muscle inflammation and light exposure can lead to eye pain post a mild traumatic brain injury.
At Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry, we’re here to help with your eye care needs. You can also count on us for your new prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. Call us at (703) 467-9080, or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services. We assist patients in Reston, VA, and the surrounding areas.