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Apparent connection between peripheral vision and brain injury

Any New York parent who has sat with a young football or hockey player who has suffered an apparent concussion understands how worrisome it can be. Sports injuries are by far not the only causes of brain injury, however. Even minor car accidents can result in such injuries, with matters made worse if symptoms are not immediately apparent.

In the past, various clinical tests have been used to determine whether a person suffered a concussion. In mild cases, most patients diagnosed early have high chances of fully recovering, but not always. Some continue to suffer long-term repercussions, including cognitive impairment, fatigue, headaches and/or dizziness.

A new type of test involving peripheral vision is now being used to help speed the diagnosis process to determine whether a patient is concussed. Many medical professionals are excited about the new test since earlier diagnosis may lead to more effective treatment. The test is set up to measure peripheral vision reaction time. People who have suffered concussions reportedly suffer white matter disruption consistent with mild brain trauma. 

Knowing that few to no symptoms may be present if a mild brain injury is suffered, a New York car accident victim, or someone hurt during a sporting event, can possibly prevent long-term negative consequences by seeking immediate medical care. In addition to medical intervention, anyone whose injury was caused by another person's negligence may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss the process of a filing an injury claim in a civil court. Compensation from successfully litigated cases can greatly help offset medical costs and other expenses related to an injury.

Source: sciencedaily.com, "New test may quickly identify mild traumatic brain injury with underlying brain damage", Feb. 16, 2017

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