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Sports Vision

Employing the Latest Technological Developments

To Assess Trauma, Manage Concussions, & Rehabilitation

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that alters the way your brain functions. A concussion can occur with a blow to the head, violent jolt, or shaking of the upper body or head. The majority of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness, which means that you can suffer a concussion without knowing it.

In children the majority of concussions occur in sports, specifically contact sports such as football, soccer, lacrosse and cheerleading, but also result from bike or skateboard falls. Motor vehicle accidents and falls are the main cause of concussions in adults.

Post-Injury Management

Managing the Visual Effects of a Concussion

The most common visual effects of a concussion can be managed through vision correction glasses and vision therapy. We offer in-office and home therapies to lessen concussion symptoms and help correct the visual effects of concussions, helping children, athletes and adults recover quickly.

How Concussions Affect Vision

Understanding Their Effect on Vision

About 67% of the neural connections in the brain are involved in an aspect of vision. Concussions can have the following effects on the vision system:

  1. Blurry vision
  2. Light sensitivity
  3. Double vision
  4. Convergence insufficiency
  5. Accommodative insufficiency
  6. Reduced reaction time
  7. Reduced visual processing
  8. Changes in depth perception

Identifying Concussions

To lessen the number of concussions that go undiagnosed we offer the King-Devick Test. This test in association with the Mayo Clinic is a concussion screening test that can help determine the possibility of a concussion through evaluation of tracking eye movements.

A baseline test is first done in office. Then, if at any time during the following year the patient suspects that he or she has a concussion from an impact or sudden jolt, we can retest and compare the results to the baseline.

The baseline and any subsequent tests takes about two minutes and can easily be done at your annual eye exam. We recommend all school age children and athletes have a King-Devick Test baseline done as part of their annual exam.

Why Choose Schaeffer Eye Center?

Science

We continuously explore and invest in new technologies that improve the quality and accuracy of our eye exams, aid in testing for eye diseases (such as glaucoma), and treatment options.

By investing in advanced treatments, such as LipiFlow for dry eye, we can improve the quality of life for patients living with chronic eye conditions. We carry a variety of contact lenses suitable for nearly any prescription, including toric and scleral lenses.

Learn more about the integration of technology into our offices here.

Style

Schaeffer Eye Center offers the best selection in distinctive, designer eyewear.

Our design minded eyewear consultants can assist you in finding the best style to offer comfort that meets your lifestyle needs and fashion sense.

We offer many exclusive brands, such as Sama, SALT. Optics, Robert Marc, Barton Perreira and l.a. Eyeworks that you cannot find anywhere else in Alabama. We also include collections from Oliver Peoples, Tom Ford, Chanel, Gold and Wood, Freudenhaus, RetroSpecs and many more.

See our brands here.

Service

We have grown to 18 locations across Alabama by providing quality service to our patients. Not only are we providers for most of the major insurance plans, we can determine the best use to maximize your benefits.

Schaeffer Eye Center believes in giving back to the community. This belief is demonstrated by current and past support in numerous community organizations.