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Top 5 Fridays! 5 Common Oculomotor Issues Post Concussion

Another awesome infographic via Dr. Molly Parker, DPT

🤓Oculomotor issues can occur post-concussion.  BUT what does that even mean and why is it important?

Well, oculomotor means relating to movement of the eyes.  Basically, can the eyes move properly and together?
👀This is important because oculomotor control is needed in tasks of daily living requiring vision.

Think reading, writing, driving, moving through a crowd, screen time, or watching a sporting event.

Even being able to sit down to a meal and look down at your plate and up to the person you're speaking to requires oculomotor control.
👁SYMPTOMS may include but are not limited to:
•Blurred vision
•Double vision
•Eye fatigue
•Pain with visual scanning
•Words moving on page
•Loss of place with reading
•Difficulty sustaining attention
•Light sensitivity

Good news is that this is TREATABLE.
👩🏽‍⚕️Mild difficulties, (EXCLUDING double/blurred vision, misalignments or restricted visual field) may be treated by a several professions within the medical field including physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, and vision therapy.
. long as they have current and advanced training in concussion with a solid understanding of vision (not all do).
👨🏻‍⚕️Moderate to severe cases and all cases of double/blurry vision, misalignment of the eyes or a restricted visual field should be evaluated and treated by a neuro developmental optometrist.
👉Please note, a neuro developmental optometrist (also called a behavorial optometrist) is not the same thing as a regular optometrist who is looking at your 20/20 vision.

We are interested in how your eyes are FUNCTIONING.

You may find one in your area at or the NORA website in the US. COVTR website in Canada.  Look for COVD after the doctors' name.
🔹️🔹️Take-home point: Vision may be affected after concussion. This is a foundational piece of concussion recovery and should be evaluated and subsequently treated as needed.
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Eye photo credit: @saraillamas

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