Welcome!

News Feed Item

Brain Injury Awareness Month: College of Optometrists in Vision Development Focuses on Help for Double Vision

AURORA, OH--(Marketwired - March 03, 2014) - Head injuries can be devastating and cause lasting life challenges. Double vision, dizziness, difficulty reading, as well as balance and movement problems, typically plague people who have had a head injury.

"Research indicates that as high as 80% of people who have had a traumatic brain injury are struggling with a variety of different vision problems which are a direct result of their injury," states Dr. Ida Chung, President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). "We are highlighting the visual aspect of head injuries in honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month. We are sharing the message that help is available for people who are struggling with double vision, blurred vision, dizziness, motion sickness and visual field loss."

Many people don't realize the eyes are actually part of the brain. Once you understand that, it makes sense one could have vision problems after a head injury. While some head injuries can result in permanent vision loss, the majority of vision problems are often very correctable. Unfortunately, many people who have experienced vision problems following a head injury are told that either the vision problems will go away with time or they just need to learn to live with it. The lucky ones find out about optometric vision therapy and discover dramatic improvement is possible.

For 17-year-old Shawn Wieland, it was a regular winter day in Michigan. He was helping a friend move. While driving to the new apartment, Shawn was distracted for a brief moment and that is when his car slid on black ice and ran into another car. While everyone else suffered minor injuries, Shawn was not so lucky. He had forgotten to put on his seatbelt, and as a result he experienced severe injuries. Shawn's dad, Skip, shares, "The doctor actually told us he didn't expect Shawn to live."

After two weeks, the doctor said he's probably going to die, but if he lives he is probably going to be a vegetable. Skip and Peg (Shawn's mother) were determined to help their son recover, and thanks to their help along with a multitude of other professionals, Shawn was able to graduate from high school and he is now 34 years old.

Despite all the improvement Shawn made, he continued to struggle with reading, headaches and problems with his balance. "The doctors would tell us that Shawn just had to learn to live with it, and that they could increase his medications to calm him down." explained Skip. Fortunately, three years ago, an Occupational Therapist referred him to an optometrist that provides an in-office program of optometric vision therapy.

"The changes in Shawn were dramatic: He can read without any frustration or headaches, ride in the car without getting car sick, play video games and even play tennis." Skip goes on to say, "Upping his medications and other therapies were not helping because the main problem for Shawn was his vision. They were not treating the main cause of his difficulties; they were only treating the secondary problems." Skip has documented Shawn's recovery at www.shawnsbraininjuryrehabjourney.com.

Shawn is not alone. Three years ago, Cavin Balaster, a 27-year-old, was hanging out on a water tower with some friends in Brooklyn, NY when he fell 20 feet onto an industrial rooftop. He was comatose and on life support for 12 days, and doctors said that 90% of the people diagnosed with Cavin's injury never wake up from the coma and those who do are likely to be left in a vegetative state.

Similar to Shawn, Cavin has also had to re-learn how to walk, talk, and eat all over again. His mother was by his side the entire time pushing for his recovery. It was his mother who found out about vision therapy. Prior to vision therapy his vision had been deteriorating and he was constantly seeing double.

He may always see double to his left because of nerve damage (he has a condition called 4th nerve palsy), but his vision has definitely improved as a result of vision therapy. He can now see single and clear looking straight ahead or to the right. In addition, Cavin states, "I attribute a lot of my recovery to Vision Therapy. It seems to have improved other aspects of recovery such as my balance and ataxia (a neurological condition where the communication between my brain and the left side of body is impaired)." You can follow Cavin's progress on his blog, CavinBounce Adventures in Brain Injury.

Cavin is also writing a book, Lights, Coma, Action! "It is a story of who I was (LIGHTS), how I sustained a serious brain injury (COMA), and my strong recovery (ACTION!)." Cavin explains, "There is no undoing a brain injury. I work to help other survivors, their friends, and their families." Cavin has documented his recovery and currently consults with other traumatic brain injury survivors and their families at www.cavinbounce.com.

Both Shawn and Cavin had severe traumatic brain injuries. However, even less severe head injuries can result in vision problems as well. Some symptoms may last only seconds, while others linger much longer, months and even years.

While some symptoms might disappear after time, such as eye pain or headaches, and other symptoms typically remain, i.e., blurred or doubled vision. When someone is experiencing any of the above symptoms they could also have difficulty with reading and learning, as well as eye-hand coordination, balance and movement (such as walking).

"COVD doctors and vision therapists are dedicated to developing and rehabilitating the visual skills that are critical to reading, learning, and other activities of daily living. In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, we invite you to watch our Public Service Announcement on Head Injuries and Vision," states Dr. Chung, "You are also welcome to visit our website for more information, an in-depth Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome checklist and to find a doctor who provides an in-office program of optometric vision therapy."

About COVD

The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) is an international, non-profit optometric membership organization that provides education, evaluation, and board certification programs in behavioral and developmental vision care, vision therapy, and visual rehabilitation. The organization is comprised of doctors of optometry, vision therapists and other vision specialists. For more information on learning-related vision problems, vision therapy and COVD, please visit http://www.covd.org/ or call 330.995.0718.

A series of public service announcements (PSAs) are available at covd.org to help raise awareness that vision problems can not only interfere with learning, but sports performance, and other activities of daily living. These PSAs also address vision problems that impact individuals who have autism spectrum disorders or those who have suffered a head injury.

The following files are available for download:

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today TechTarget has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. TechTarget is the Web’s leading destination for serious technology buyers researching and making enterprise technology decisions. Its extensive global networ...
SoftLayer operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale. With a global footprint of data centers and network points of presence, SoftLayer provides infrastructure as a service to leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises. SoftLayer's modular architecture, full-featured API, and sophisticated automation provide unparalleled performance and control. Its flexible unified platform seamlessly spans physical and virtual devices linked via a world...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Commvault, a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management...
SYS-CON Events announced today that BMC Software has been named "Siver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. BMC is a global leader in innovative software solutions that help businesses transform into digital enterprises for the ultimate competitive advantage. BMC Digital Enterprise Management is a set of innovative IT solutions designed to make digital business fast, seamless, and optimized from mainframe to mo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Tintri Inc., a leading producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualization and cloud environments, will exhibit at the 18th International CloudExpo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today BZ Media LLC has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. BZ Media LLC is a high-tech media company that produces technical conferences and expositions, and publishes a magazine, newsletters and websites in the software development, SharePoint, mobile development and Commercial Drone markets.
Enterprise networks are complex. Moreover, they were designed and deployed to meet a specific set of business requirements at a specific point in time. But, the adoption of cloud services, new business applications and intensifying security policies, among other factors, require IT organizations to continuously deploy configuration changes. Therefore, enterprises are looking for better ways to automate the management of their networks while still leveraging existing capabilities, optimizing perf...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device. For more information, please visit https://www.mangoapps.com/.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, wh...
The IoT is changing the way enterprises conduct business. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Hoffman, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, discuss how businesses can gain an edge over competitors by empowering consumers to take control through IoT. We'll cite examples such as a Washington, D.C.-based sports club that leveraged IoT and the cloud to develop a comprehensive booking system. He'll also highlight how IoT can revitalize and restore outdated business models, making them profitable...
Many banks and financial institutions are experimenting with containers in development environments, but when will they move into production? Containers are seen as the key to achieving the ultimate in information technology flexibility and agility. Containers work on both public and private clouds, and make it easy to build and deploy applications. The challenge for regulated industries is the cost and complexity of container security compliance. VM security compliance is already challenging, ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that ContentMX, the marketing technology and services company with a singular mission to increase engagement and drive more conversations for enterprise, channel and SMB technology marketers, has been named “Sponsor & Exhibitor Lounge Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. “CloudExpo is a great opportunity to start a conversation with new prospects, but what happens after the...
The pace of innovation, vendor lock-in, production sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and managing risk… In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Dan Choquette, Founder of RackN, will discuss how CIOs are challenged finding the balance of finding the right tools, technology and operational model that serves the business the best. He will discuss how clouds, open source software and infrastructure solutions have benefits but also drawbacks and how workload and operational portability between vendors...
The essence of data analysis involves setting up data pipelines that consist of several operations that are chained together – starting from data collection, data quality checks, data integration, data analysis and data visualization (including the setting up of interaction paths in that visualization). In our opinion, the challenges stem from the technology diversity at each stage of the data pipeline as well as the lack of process around the analysis.
As machines are increasingly connected to the internet, it’s becoming easier to discover the numerous ways Industrial IoT (IIoT) is helping to shape the business world. This is exactly why we have decided to take a closer look at this pervasive movement and to examine the desire to connect more things! Now if you need a refresher on IIoT and how it is changing the world, take a moment and listen to Greg Gorbach with ARC Advisory Group. Gorbach believes, "IIoT will significantly change the worl...