Vision problems are a common and sometimes lasting consequence of head injuries--from children and teens with sports-related concussions. New research and perspectives on Tramatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and vision are presented in the January feature issue of Optometry and Vision Science
Visual dysfunction after TBI can take many forms and can contribute to lasting disability following head injuries. The feature issue articles add to the growing body of evidence showing important connections between the visual system and brain dysfunction following head injuries. The new research also shows similarities between sports concussions and more severe blast injuries experienced by military service personnel.
Post-concussion visual dysfunction can occur on its own or in association with vestibular dysfunction (balance problems or dizziness). A study led by Mark W. Swanson, OD, MSPH, FAAO, of Children's of Alabama, Birmingham, evaluated the relationship between vision symptoms and academic problems in children with concussion. The study included 276 children and adolescents with multiple post-concussion symptoms lasting ten days or longer.
A median of three weeks after concussion, 46% of the patients had vision symptoms while 29% had academic difficulties. Academic problems were twice as likely for children with vision or hearing problems, and 20 times more likely for those with difficulty concentrating.
Among patients who still had post-concussion symptoms after 30 days, the risk of academic problems was three times higher for those with vision symptoms and 15 times higher for those with difficulty concentrating. The authors believe that vision assessment should be part of "return to learn" strategies for children with lasting symptoms after concussion.
What does that mean for you? If you have a child who is diagnosed with a concussion pay special attention to visual distress. Contact your family doctor and they can refer you to a doctor of optometry who will do a visual assessment. Your child may require further vision therapy.
Designer Spotlight: Caroline Abram
Originally trained as an optician in a family owned business, the Caroline Abram brand started in 1998 when Caroline Abram designed jewels and accessories for the eyewear market: lorgnettes, magnifying glasses, chains etc.
All her inspiration comes from her diverse origin (Carribean, Indian, French, and Polish). Raised in Dakar, Senegal, she fell in love with the people and their culture, here begins the adventure.
She trained a group of women in Dakar to manufacture her accessories using diverse materials such as resin, silver, wood and semi precious stones.
In 2008 Caroline launched her own range of frames inspired by the old fashioned charm of South Beach Miami. The vintage, sixties inspired colourful frames were quickly loved by opticians worldwide.
The Caroline Abram brand we know today now includes a wide range of frames, sunglasses, accessories and even a children's line.
Eyecare for Eachother
As life progresses we get busy. Whether you are a stay-at-home, work-from-home, working part-time, or full time, the constraints on your schedule can be overwhelming and optometrist visits can become less regular.
Your eyecare is important to your overall health and wellness and should not be something that gets put on the back burner. Caring for your family means watching for signs of vision problems as well.
Speak up if you notice these signs of eye strain or infection in your partner or children
It's common as we go about our day-to-day schedules that symptoms like these to get overlooked. We are so adaptable as humans that we will often make adjustments to live with vision issues we are having instead of taking the time to get them looked at. This is especially true for children.
If your partner hasn't had a full eye exam in the past two years, you should schedule one — especially if they are over the age of 40. Natural changes in the eyes associated with age makes more frequent eye exams necessary as you grow older, especially if you haven’t had one in a few years.
Show your love. The buddy approach to eyecare can help avoid major issues. Be mindful to care for eachother eyehealth, watch for abnormal behaviour and suggest an eye appointment. You may pick up on something your loved ones may not even notice.
Designer Spotlight: Lafont
Ninety years of experience, unparalleled expertise with an emphasis on elegance and strong family values -- all backed by a name you can depend on: Lafont. Handcrafted in France, each Lafont frame carries with it generations of talented craftsmanship, style and the spirt of Paris.
In the eyewear industry, the Lafont brand evokes not only the images of romanticism, but also the classical mystique behind love, architecture and modern vintage styles.
Lafont eyeglasses offer a vast range of options for customers, from classical stylish looks to outlandish and vintage options. As an example, the Lafont Allure eyeglasses model is a striking mixture of vintage and classical romanticism, it features a plastic frame, and is available in many unique color patterns to choose from ranging from demi amber to multi tortoise.
All Lafont eyeglasses offer the highest elegance and style perfect for any occasion.
Despite our wealth and a robust health care system, vision disorders are a common pediatric health problem in Canada. It is estimated that nearly 25% of school-age children have vision problems. Many preschool and school-age children are not receiving adequate professional eye and vision care. “One of the challenges is that many parents assume they would know if there was a problem and in many cases that simply isn’t true,” said Dr. Paul Geneau, President of the Canadian Association of Optometrists.
Children are highly adaptive and they assume that everyone sees the way they do, so even if the problem is impacting their vision they may not indicate any problems, he added.
It has been estimated that only 14% of children under 6 years of age receive professional eye care. The early detection and treatment of eye and vision problems needs to be a major public health goal. An important component of this continuum of care is for all children to receive a comprehensive eye examination before entering school.
Vision affects every aspect of a child’s development, from gross and fine motor skills to language. It also impacts a child’s learning, including reading, note taking, participation and paying attention in class. All of these things can have a tremendous impact on children’s self-esteem. They can become frustrated with learning, behavior and discipline problems can follow and eventually lead to school dropout. The cost of lost vision for children is high and can be long lasting.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists encourages parents to consider the cost of lost vision and make sure their children receive the eye health care they need. Children should visit a visit a doctor of optometry regularly.
With over 30 years experience licensed optician Joe Bushara and his highly experienced team, bring you the latest trends in frames and technologies in lenses from around the world.