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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Vision problems caused by concussion often overlooked

Vision problems caused by concussion often overlooked

"....Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, pediatric sports medicine specialist and associate professor of clinical pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, said a high prevalence of certain vision problems, including binocular vision disorders, accommodative disorders, such as convergence insufficiency, and eye movement/saccadic disorders, have been observed after concussion in the adult population, both civilian and military. The symptoms are most often associated with prolonged visual near work, including eye strain headache, and blurred/double vision. Therefore, school-age children, especially adolescents, may be particularly vulnerable to the consequences of such deficits after concussion because of their schoolwork, much of which is done on a computer.

Christina L. Master
“Schoolwork is highly visual, especially with the increase in electronic interfaces these days, smart boards, tablets, computers, and if you have visual deficits, they’re going to give you visual symptoms,” Master told Infectious Diseases in Children. “And these symptoms can be a cause of prolonged headache seen with concussions.”...."
Comments: So let me see if I understand this. Medicine says that if concussion causes vision induced headaches and convergence insufficiency that these will affect academic performance....and yet, various medical organizations repeatedly deny that vision problems affect academic outcomes and that these vision anomalies and academic performance are otherwise not related. Really? Does any one else see a significant mis-connect here? Can medicine have it both ways? DM

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