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Old 08-30-2010, 12:24 PM   #1
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Eye problem after a head injury

I am a 22 year male having severe myopia. Few months back i.e in the last month of march i received a blow to the back of my head when i collided with a wall. It was not a major one as there was no bleeding, no black outs, no unconsciousness and no memory loss, except a small bump at the top of the back of my head. After the injury i even had a normal sleep except some numbness in years which gradually went away.

A few weeks later i started experiencing haziness and floaters in my both eyes. This was not the case before the injury. Soon i also started experiencing flashes.

I consulted eye specialists and after complete examination they detected certain weak areas (no tear or cuts) around my retina and advised me to follow a wait and watch policy.

I even consulted a neurologist and had a C.T. scan done. The result was normal.

But since my eye examination revealed no significant problem, so i am concerned whether these visual systems are due to head injury.

Apart from above mentioned symptoms whenever i use to change my eye direction after seeing an object, the image of the object use to persist for a time in terms of shinning outlines. Whenever i use to do eye movement my ears use to flicker. Sometimes i also feel pain on eye movements. I also see blacks pot very small in the visual field.

The small bump is still present on my head sometimes it pains (not often).

From the above symptoms i am very concerned regarding having any relation with my head injury. If it is so, then what course of action i should take, what treatment should i undergo and whether there is anything to worry about? What are the other possible symptoms by which i can relate it to the head injury?

Kindly give your esteem consultation regarding this and resolve mu dilemma.

Do reply at the earliest for your reply is being awaited.

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Old 11-21-2010, 09:55 PM   #2
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Re: Eye problem after a head injury

A neurologist might help you understand where your symptoms are coming from. Much of the pain and floaters you describe can result from a significant closed-head injury, as tissues are often torn in such injuries. It can take several months for symptoms to subside, and routine reviews of sensory and motor function at six months and then again at twelve months would not be out of the ordinary. I would say that any unresolved symptoms after twelve months probably ought to be investigated, or at any time your symptoms get markedly worse (or new symptoms develop.)

Note that if there has been soft-tissue injury, an MRI of the head may be more valuable than a CT. Your doctor should be able to decide which is more appropriate AND should be willing to explain why either should be used.

 
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Re: Eye problem after a head injury

great advice up there. i just wanted to ask you if when you saw the "specialists", if one of them was at least what is called a neuro opthamologist? these types of neuro ops treat/manage people who have suffered either trauma to the head or spinal cord injuries that result in eye problems? that IS their specialty. if you have NOT yet seen one, it would be a very good type of specific specialist to actually see right now.

one other "possible' here could be some level of damage done to your cerebellum(this IS located at the more back/base of your brain)? that is an area that also DOES govern vision among other things. but i would really try and see that NO if i were you and you have not gone to one.

i also would have to agree about having that MRI, and with a contrasting agent as well(do you know if your CT was actually done WITH a contrasting agent?). the contrast simply allows better highlight of ALL of those even tiny critical arteries in the brain much more clearly too. when it comes to the arteries within the brain, a good head injury can weaken an area of vessel that over time CAN start to possibly bulge or weaken more and become much more vulnerable to rupture too. this would NOT have shown right away in most cases. i DO hope you can finally find some answers. please keep us posted. Marcia
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