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Concussion Management and Screening

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Sports related concussions, at least the ones that get reported are on the rise.  Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury not usually seen with MRI or CT scans but are still detectable when certain functions, such as vision are measured.  It is very important to realise that a person does not need to be knocked out – or even hit on the head – to have a concussion. Science tells us that repeated concussions (even mild ones) can cause long-term damage.  Our goal is to effect change not only through education but also by screening as many of our patients as we can.  Our office now uses a non-invasive testing system that can help identify concussions when a diagnosis is unclear. It does this by establishing a baseline assessment and looking for changes post injury.

With the prevalence of concussions on the rise, having a method to help identify even mild concussions is exciting to me both as a parent and as a clinician. The first and the most important step, however, is identifying the problem. Because when managed properly, there is usually no cause for concern regarding any long-term damage.

A recent poll indicated that 1 in 5 Canadians have been concussed while playing sports.  If managed properly 80 to 90% are symptom free in four to six weeks, but for some the symptoms persist for months.  This is called  post-concussion syndrome.  Control of eye movements, focusing and many other aspects of visual system are particularly vulnerable to concussion and, as such, commonly affected. Treatment options can range from a change in glasses prescription and special tints to vision therapy, which in many cases can greatly speed up visual recovery. Our office now uses the King-Devick Recovery Acceleration Program, which is a program specifically designed to speed up visual resolution to those suffering lingering symptoms post-concussion.

If a concussion does happen it is very important to realise that returning to certain activities before fully recovered increases the risk of obtaining another brain injury which can be more significant. It is also important to know that the brain is sometimes still vulnerable to repeat injury even after symptoms have resolved. Therefore it is important to follow the official “Return to Play Guidelines” when attempting to return back to sport or activities in general (http://www.coach.ca/files/returntoplayguidelines.pdf). If you have any questions in regards to the screening protocol or treatment options, feel free to contact the office at any time.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Peter Roed, O.D.

 

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Please take note that our clinic will not be re-opening until the middle of June. Therefore we are not able to accept any eye appointments at this time. For all emergencies please contact either the Royal Alexandra hospital eye clinic or the sturgeon hospital eye clinic. We are setting reminders to call patients to reschedule their appointments when we are back to normal business hours. If you would like to be on the call list, please leave us a voicemail with your full name, date of birth and phone number or you can email us at stalbertoptometrist@gmail.com

We are setting in place booking times for our patients once a week to pick up glasses, contact lenses & dry eye products such as thealoze drop & blephaclean lid wipes. Frame adjustments including straightening of frame or needing a replacement screw are also available by the product pickup appointment.

Please click on book your eye exam online to set a product pick up appointment time.

You can now send a contact lens order request from our website, using the order contact lenses online tab on our homepage. Your contact lenses will be shipped directly to you. Please note that we cannot deliver contacts to PO Box addresses. In the notes section of the form, please confirm your home address for shipping.

We want to thank everyone for your patience and understanding in helping us keep everyone safe & healthy.

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