David Tanabe was the first NHL Carolina Hurricane to retire due to a concussion in 2008.
A couple months later, Matt Cullen suffered a concussion that affected the part of his brain responsible for moving the eyes, focusing the eyes and making vision (taking the input from the eyes and actually making sense of it all)
There was no vision protocol or no testing that could tell us, the team optometrists, how bad his injury was or how long it would take for him to heal.
That's when we started our work developing our concussion protocol. And this week, it was published in the Optometry and Visual Performance Journal. Click here to go to the article.
This protocol is a step by step guide for eye doctors to determine if an athlete has a concussion of the visual system and it also gives step by step instructions on how to help athletes get better through vision training.
A three year retrospective study showed that return to play was cut in half (from 12 weeks to 6 weeks) when this type of therapy was used.
The great thing about this protocol is that there are no gadgets for eye doctors to buy. Most of the equipment is already found in their office.
They can take this protocol and implement it today.
I see patients that travel to see me for concussion care from all over the country. Many of them wonder why more eye doctors don't do this type of care.
It is my hope that eye doctors will start treating patients with this type of injury today!
Concussions are a frustrating injury to have and sometimes slow to return to normal. Now there is a tool to help the recovery process.
You have to See To Play!!!
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