“Concussions don’t just happen in big cities with concussion clinics. This epidemic is also occurring from sports played in small towns and rural settings all across America….. from elementary school age and up. Primary care eye doctors have to get involved with testing and rehabilitation. The See To Play Concussion Protocol will equip eye doctors with everything they need to test and treat athletes suffering from visually related concussions. “
--Dr. Michael Peters, NHL Carolina Hurricanes’ Team Optometrist
As eye doctors for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes for the past fifteen years, Dr. Jason Price and I have seen our fair share of eye injuries. We’ve seen hockey sticks slash and slit eyelids, retinal detachments and bleeding inside the eyes from hockey pucks' direct hits, fractures to orbital walls due to the force of elbows crashing into the eyes, scratched corneas from gloves that punch the eyes and, of course, the general black eye. (Basically, we’ve seen it all).
Over the past five years, we’ve been treating one sports related eye injury more than all the others combined: visual system problems caused by concussions.
In Chapter 10 of my book, See To Pay: The Eyes of Elite Athletes, I discuss how concussions affect the visual system. The reader learns about the dorsal vision stream and how this system works in concert other systems in the brain, such as the vestibular and proprioceptor system. I also discuss how visual systems can become injured by a sports related traumatic brain injuries.
Most concussions that linger past a few weeks seem to have a visual component. These athletes may complain that they feel funny when riding in a car. They get apprehensive when they walk up to a crowd of people. They report that they have problems focusing on reading material or problems comprehending what they have just read.
The See To Play Concussion Protocol has helped over a hundred athletes get back to normal. It is a 10 Stage program used for testing and training athletes back to recovery. Home vision exercises are also included to help athletes with their recovery.
Forward to 2:25 of this video to hear how this protocol helped a professional hockey player.
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