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Keeping an Eye on Brain Health: Concussions

Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, FAAOIt’s long been said that the eyes are windows to the soul, but there has been chatter about the eyes holding information about the brain, as well. Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD, FAAO, wrote a blog about this connection to inform ODs about what they can do to help their patients’ brains, specifically with concussions. According to NIH researchers, “the retina is actually a piece of the brain that has grown into the eye and processes neural signals when it detects light. In fact, exams of the optic nerve have given insights into Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica, glaucoma, and Parkinson’s. Continue reading Keeping an Eye on Brain Health: Concussions

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Can Nutraceutical Support of Visual Function Help Protect the Brain from Concussion?

Athlete hurt on the field.
By Dr. Dorothy Hitchmoth

In the recent movie Concussion, actor Will Smith, playing the now infamous doctor Bennet Omalu, says, “repetitive head trauma chokes the brain”.   I know this is true.  My 20 years as a VA eye doctor is a privilege that bears the reality of the effects of repeat brain trauma as well as the perseverance embedded in the souls of our nation’s finest men and women.  My perspective on treating these patients is hardly mired given my proverbial view to the brain. Continue reading Can Nutraceutical Support of Visual Function Help Protect the Brain from Concussion?