Signs and symptoms generally show up soon after the injury. However, you may not know how serious the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. For example, in the first few minutes your child or teen might be a little confused or a bit dazed, but an hour later your child might not be able to remember how he or she got hurt.

Commonly Reported Symptoms

  • Headache or “pressure” in head.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
  • Bothered by light or noise.
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
  • Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
  • Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”.

Commonly Observed Signs

  • Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.
  • Appears dazed or stunned.
  • Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent.
  • Moves clumsily.
  • Answers questions slowly.
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly).
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.
  • Disruption to sleep patterns

Common Vision related Symptoms

Vision disturbances after a concussion are very common. Considering that nearly 85% of brain functioning is concentrated around the visual system, it is not surprising that visual disturbances are so frequent. Because of the sensitivity of the visual system, many of the screening and identification tests that are conducted here at InFocus Eyecare are vision based. Visual symptoms may be temporary or may persist long after other problems have resolved.

Symptoms of post-concussive vision problems may include:

  • Blurry or unstable vision
  • Double Vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Difficulty reading
  • Difficulty with computer tasks
  • Lack of depth perception
  • Motion sickness