Once a concussion has occurred, a child may report sensitivity to lights, blurred vision, dizziness, fatigue when reading, headaches and difficulty concentrating. A primary care doctor of optometry may have such a child visit their office with any of these symptoms.
After evaluating the concussed child, the doctor is then faced with the question of whether to monitor, provide minimal intervention or refer for vision therapy. A significant percentage of first-time concussion patients will do well with little or no intervention, but for those who need more, the next step would be to consult with a doctor of optometry who does concussion management for possible additional assessment and/or treatment.
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