Doctors Begin to Focus on Eyes for Diagnosing Traumatic Brain Injuries

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brain1In recent months and years, researchers from all over the world have been coming up with incredibly advanced and exciting technology that is designed to help medical professionals diagnose and treat traumatic brain injuries.  These efforts continue, and even the President of the United States has recently laid out ambitions regarding the mapping of the brain and learning more about it so that traumatic brain injuries can be better understood and managed.  There's no telling the type of results that the billions of dollars that have been and are being invested in this type of research will produce, but much of it is very exciting.

However, in somewhat of an ironic twist, a recent meeting involving ophthalmologists revealed a potentially new way to diagnose brain injuries that is extremely straightforward when compared to some of these cutting-edge techniques that are being produced.  Professionals who attended the recent meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Seattle heard several presentations regarding how doctors were discovering ways of diagnosing potential traumatic brain injuries simply by looking at the eyes of patients.Several different doctors presented their own techniques in this regard to attendees, and some of these techniques could prove to be extremely beneficial as well as efficient for patients.  One doctor stated that she began to look at the eyes of patients of people who had suffered blast injuries while in combat zones because all of them stated that one of the problems they were having was with being able to read consistently.  Further study showed a problem with the eye patterns of these patients who attempted to read for this doctor.

Another doctor developed a new type of eye scan that was also intended to help soldiers who had suffered injuries because of blasts in combat zones, and he probed the retinas of these patients.  He found that these subjects had thinner cell layers in that part of the body than others.  He also found that these patients were highly sensitive to light and to other form of stimuli that are often associated with this type of injury.

An article that summarized some of the discussions was recently published by the Associated Press, and it laid out what appears to be a building consensus among some eye-oriented medical professionals that they could help catch traumatic brain injuries that may not otherwise be reported.  If so, they would be helping many people including soldiers, athletes and people who may not even realize that they have suffered a traumatic brain injury.  It's well established that the sooner this type of injury is diagnosed, the sooner patients can get help that could provide them with a better opportunity to overcome these challenges.

We have been representing clients as traumatic brain injury lawyers for more than 20 years, and we have seen too many people suffer unnecessarily simply because it took too long to figure out what was wrong with them.  The team at the Scarlett Law Group hopes that these discoveries lead to more and faster diagnoses.