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Technological advances could help diagnose concussions

Louisiana residents may be interested to know that a medical device called EYE-SYNC has been granted FDA approval. It is mounted to an individual’s head and analyzes eye movement to look for signs of impairment. According to one doctor who is also the founder of the company that makes the product, it does not actually try to diagnose an individual with a concussion.

This is because there is currently no standard definition of what it means to diagnose someone with a concussion. However, data shows that head injuries can effect both adults and children. According to the CDC, approximately 500,000 children are treated for a TBI annually while data collected by the NFL showed concussion rates increasing by more than 30 percent from 2014 to 2015. What is known is that the brain attempts to use visual information to make predictions about where objects will be in the future.

With the EYE-SYNC, users have to follow a dot traveling in a circle on the screen. If an individual is not able to track the dot as it goes along the path, it could be a sign of impairment. In addition to clarifying whether someone may have a concussion, it can also be used to determine how well a patient may be recovering from a head injury.

Those who incur head injuries may experience loss of balance, depression or other long lasting symptoms. Although frequently associated with contact sports, they can be caused in other scenarios as well, such as a car collision. If the injury was due to the negligence of another party, a lawyer might be of assistance to the victim in seeking compensation for medical expenses and other damages.

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