According to the Centers for Disease Control, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a major cause of disability in the United States. In 2014, the US saw 2.87 million TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Head injuries require immediate emergency care to assess potential TBI and prevent any further head or neck injury. A mild TBI usually requires no treatment beyond over-the-counter pain relief and rest. However, close monitoring at home and/or followup medical visits will be needed to assess for any new, worsening, or persistent symptoms.
For a more severe traumatic brain injury, there may be additional emergency or intensive care treatments to minimize any secondary damage from bleeding, inflammation, or reduced oxygen supply to the brain. Medications, surgery, and rehabilitation such as neuropsychology, speech therapy, or occupational therapy may be recommended.
Depending on severity, the effects of a TBI may last a few days or weeks, up to the rest of the sufferer’s life. Those effects may include impaired memory, thinking, movement, vision, hearing, and personality or emotional changes, such as depression. Of special interest to our readers may be the fact that traumatic brain injuries are known to be associated with photophobia, or light sensitivity.
In Karen’s case, she found additional relief 8 months after suffering a TBI that mostly impacted her vestibular system. This means she had issues with balance and double vision, along with extreme light sensitivity. She also had horrible headaches that made it difficult for her to work and function normally. She writes:
“If someone turned on the overhead lights I would have a blinding headache within a couple minutes, and I would look for a dark room to allow my eyes to calm down. I work in the legal field, and could not concentrate. Moving my eyes from screen, to screen, to documents made it more difficult to concentrate.”
Unfortunately, Karen’s neuro-ophthalmologist informed her that her damage was permanent. In Karen’s words, it was this neuro-ophthalmologist that turned her onto Axon Optics as she was trying to find ways to deal with her new normal.
“She told me about Axon Optics and it has changed my life.”
For those who suffer such an injury, navigating life with their new condition can be a painful experience of its own. In a recent news article, the author documents her own difficulty in navigating her post-TBI condition by saying in part:
“In the seven years since my accident, I’ve assumed that the baffling lack of information I received from medical professionals was an exception to the rule for those who suffer head injuries. But if the scores of comments and emails I’ve received in response to my recent articles about my traumatic brain injury (TBI) are any indication, I was wrong. Most of those who suffer head injuries are sent home with far too little information, setting them and their caregivers up for needless worry (on top of their difficult and frightening new realities).”
To help you understand what those new realities might be, here are the main effects of TBI.
Mild TBI Symptoms
If your traumatic brain injury is mild, signs and symptoms may include:
- Losing consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
- Remaining conscious but feeling confused, dazed, or disoriented
- Headache, dizziness or loss of balance
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Vomiting or nausea
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Speech problems
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping more than usual
- Blurred vision, ringing in the ears, changes to sense of smell, or a bad taste in the mouth
- Trouble concentrating or remembering things
- Changes in mood or mood swings
- Feelings of anxiousness or depression
Moderate to Severe TBI Symptoms
Along with any of the signs and symptoms of mild TBI, the following symptoms may materialize within the first hours to days after a head injury:
- Coma or other problems maintaining consciousness
- Persistent or worsening headache
- Loss of coordination
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Seizures or convulsions
- Pupil dilation in one or both eyes
- Nose or ears draining clear fluids
- Trouble waking up
- Weak or numb fingers and toes
- Profound confusion
- Combativeness, agitation or other unusual behaviors
- Slurring of speech
How Axon Optics Eyeglasses Helped Karen
TBI sufferers have a variety of tools available to them to help them cope with the lasting effects of their injury. Some common tools and coping strategies include:
- Memory aids: Writing things down, using mobile apps, or phone reminders and calendars can help those who have trouble remembering tasks and appointments.
- Allowing extra time: Difficulty concentrating could mean it takes a little longer to complete tasks.
- Sticking to a routine: Planning or remembering daily to-dos can be difficult after a TBI. Sticking to a routine and doing daily tasks like hygiene and job duties in a specific order can be helpful.
- Keeping a journal: Journaling may help reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety, and can also serve as a reference for events to look back on later.
- Vision aids: For those who become light sensitive after a TBI, light filtering glasses can help block the types of light most likely to be a problem. This may also help with headaches triggered by light.
Karen reports that after using her Axon Optics eyeglasses, her headaches were “almost gone in a week.” When she wrote to us, she had been wearing her lenses for a couple of months. “My light sensitivity has improved, my headaches are minor compared to what they were, and I am able to work full-time with few issues.”
After being told she may not be able to ride her bike anymore due to difficulty balancing after her TBI, Karen is now riding her bike a few times a week, for a couple of hours each time without any problem.
“I am 100% convinced this is all due to the Axon Optics glasses. I could not even work out at the gym without getting headaches from the lights and all the TV sets that are on. I am now back at the gym as well. Before getting these glasses I was afraid I would need to get another job and not be able to bike or work out. Not the case anymore…I am almost completely back to pre-TBI status.”
Karen says she has recommended Axon Optics eyeglasses to several others who have trouble with migraines and light sensitivity (photophobia). “The TBI and post-concussion clinics were surprised at how much these glasses have improved my ability to function again. They are recommending other TBI patients give them a try.”
Other victims of TBI have reported good results wearing Axon Optics eyewear. Itera wrote:
“What a gift!! I was in an accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury 5 years ago — seizures, nausea, movement of others causing a seizure to me, etc. I couldn’t be outside in the sun either, but now I can with your glasses!!!! It’s a miracle!! I have both indoor and outdoor glasses and am sooo grateful!!!”
If you or someone you know has suffered a head injury and is dealing with lasting effects such as light sensitivity and migraines, Axon Optics may offer a simple solution to improve these conditions. As Karen writes, “with the 30 day return policy—there is nothing to lose and really a lot you can gain.”