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Happy September

Happy September from Drs. Jacobs, Diaz and staff!

And, welcome back to all the Hokies!

VT football is off to a roaring start! Go Hokies! But like it or not, it's an opportune time to talk about concussions and TBIs.

On the good news front, a blood test has recently been approved to help determine whether a CT scan is necessary following a concussion. Identifying blood markers resulting from injury, the test can reduce patient exposure to radiation as well as some of the costs associated with the 20 million head CT scans performed in the US each year.

Motion sickness often has a neurological basis and becomes more common after a TBI. Can these “funky” (to put it mildly) new glasses really help? We’ll have to wait a bit to see, but we’ll update you when they’re available and we have more info. Maybe they can help various post-concussion vision symptoms, too. We’re excited to find out.

Caring for patients who’ve suffered TBIs is one of the most rewarding aspects of our practice. TBIs often result in visual symptoms, from minor to debilitating. Although awareness is improving, many doctors lack training and experience in this area. We’ve been fortunate to work with Carilion Clinic Rehab in Radford over the past four years and have gained much greater understanding of what patients go through and how we can help. This has us really psyched for the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) annual conference in St. Louis later this month. Learning the latest from the tops in the field can only help us help our patients more. We’ll fill you in on the prettiest pearls next month. In other good news, we're excited to share this Ortho-K success story!

The Ortho-K lenses have opened up a new world for Daniel. He was so reluctant to wear his glasses and didn't realize how much he was missing every day. The change in his vision has been remarkable and I would recommend them to anyone who would benefit. Daniel often comments on how different things look when they're in focus, and how great it is to be able to read signs and subtitles. His reaction times in tennis and baseball are so much quicker, because he can see the ball well before it gets to him. Wearing them at night is also much easier for him because he is so active and he doesn't have to worry about losing them at school or on the baseball field. Best of all, he loves having normal vision! -Tanya, Daniel's Mom

Have a beautiful September, and we'll see you next month!