Adding Vision to Concussion Testing

Hard to believe it’s only 10 days until the movie Concussion makes its debut.

Will Smith admitted that he was conflicted in taking the role of Dr. Bennet Omalu because he is a big football fan.  He loved the four years of bonding when his son played football, and having grown up in Philly he is still a big Eagles’ fan.  The story of an Eagles’ player is featured in the film – the late Andre Waters, a former Eagles’ safety in Buddy Ryan’s defensive schemes known for his ferocious hits during which both he and opposing players experienced cumulative TBI and ultimately died from CTE.  I confess being conflicted because I am still a football fan (and yes – like Will – an Eagles’ fan) yet am very concerned about the effects on young athletes who stay at it for a number of years.

For that reason, vision and concussion was my top story of the year for Elsevier’s Practice Update for Eyecare.

Expert Opinion / Commentary · December 14, 2015

2015 Top Stories in Eye Care: Adding Vision to Concussion Testing

Written by
Leonard J Press OD, FAAO, FCOVD

As increasing numbers of youth participate in organized athletics, particularly contact sports, the need to identify concussed athletes becomes paramount. Anyone who has participated in team sports knows that competitive athletes are reluctant to admit that their function has been compromised because they don’t want to be removed from play. These competitive juices make it difficult for the individual to maintain objectivity as to whether function has been impaired significantly enough to affect performance.


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