Baseball may be America’s pastime, but Football in the fall is at the forefront of team contact sports. As Schools are back in Session, Friday Night Lights are illuminated across the land. Many contact sports, including football, can put athletes at risk for concussions and other serious injuries. The importance of protecting your eyes and body while on and off the field is imperative.
“Back when I played, if you were seeing foggy and your head hurt, it was called ‘getting your bell rung.’ And as soon as you could run, you were back in the game,” reported Dr. Cunningham in a recent interview with the AOA. Much thought and research has changed since then, giving more insight into the impacts that sports injuries can have on your body and vision. While practitioners look for better ways to help diagnose and rehabilitate concussion patients, eye doctors of optometry are already providing answers. Many times, one of the first indications of a concussion is blurred or foggy vision.
There are several symptoms parents and children can look for with a concussion:
- Vision Problems – feeling in a fog or visual perceptual challenges
- Headache – strain or tension
- Fatigue & Loss of sleep
- Appearing dazed
- Slurred speech
- Dizziness or “seeing stars”
Concussions are considered Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that can have major effects on the visual system despite even if medical imaging shows normal results. Concussions are essentially a form of “bruising of the brain”. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that football accounts for the highest rate of traumatic brain injuries occur in high school sports. The combination of blurred vision and dizziness post concussion have been termed “Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome” or PTVS and can have lasting impacts on the individuals vision if not diagnosed and treated properly. It is important to make sure your athlete’s eyes are protected on the field with safety eyewear and impact resistant lenses to hedge against any trauma that may occur.
Eyewear Gallery in Memphis,Tennessee specializes in sports safety and eye protection to keep you and your kids safe on and off the field. Eyewear Gallery offers Custom Fit appointments to tailor to you and your child’s unique lifestyle, face shape and demands. There are many factors that are involved when selecting sports eyewear for safety and performance and the specialists at Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee are expert trained in this area to make sure your eyes are protected and you are seeing your very best.
If you or your child suspects concussion like symptoms, contact your Eye Doctor immediately. Your eye doctor can determine quickly what treatment needs to be done in order to ensure there is no permanent loss of vision or damage.
To learn more about concussions and vision impacts, Custom Fit Sports Eyewear or to schedule an appointment, call 901-763-2020.