Let's Talk Vision Care: June Edition
June is brain injury month. This month we will be exploring topics related to brain injury and its relationship with vision loss. Every year, nearly 150,000 people sustain some form of brain injury in Canada. It is important for Canadians to recognize how common this type of injury is and what information is available to avoid, mitigate, or recover from the effects of brain injury.
As opticians, we will explore this injury from the perspective of vision care practitioners, but to help illustrate the significance of the problem, we'll provide some context about brain injuries.
Here is some information you may not know about brain injuries
Every year in Ontario, approximately 795 children out of 100,000 will sustain a brain injury
Nearly 20% of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors experience hearing loss
Research shows that 58% of brain injury survivors report having vision problems some or most of the time after sustaining their injury
An estimated 45% of brain injuries are acquired from motor accidents
Here are some symptoms that are common in brain injury cases according to the Mayo Clinic
Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
No loss of consciousness, but a state of being dazed, confused or disoriented
Nausea or vomiting
Fatigue or drowsiness
Problems with speech
Sleeping more than usual
Dizziness or loss of balance
Brain injury symptoms related to your vision
Blurred vision, ringing in the ears, a bad taste in the mouth or changes in the ability to smell
Sensitivity to light or sound
We'll be providing you with thought pieces & podcasts about brain injury and vision care.
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