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Eye-tracking movements may point to TBIs

Many Oklahomans have incurred traumatic brain injuries. These injuries may be difficult to detect and may range in severity. Research shows that eye tracking movements may be used to identify TBIs, helping patients to receive the proper care and treatment.

Researchers began developing a technology in 2011 that detects eye-tracking issues. This technology looks at the types of damage that concussions can cause with eye tracking. One way is the buildup of intracranial pressure, which can disrupt eye movements. The other way a TBI can damage the eyes’ ability to smoothly track objects is by disrupting specific neural pathways in the brain while not causing enough damage to cause elevated intracranial pressure.

When these pathways are blocked, people may have trouble tracking objects in their visual field, and their eyes may not move together correctly. The equipment that the researchers have developed is able to track the movement of each eye and to compare them. Optometrists report that up to 90 percent of people who have suffered TBIs have problems with eye-tracking movements. This means that doctors may be able to test the eye movements when they are trying to determine whether or not people have suffered concussions or TBIs in accidents.

People may suffer traumatic brain injuries in many different types of accidents, including motor vehicle collisions, and falls. When a person is injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of another person or entity, the injured victim may have the legal grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit. An experienced personal injury attorney may analyze the accident and the extent of the injuries in order to value the claim and to seek an appropriate recovery amount.