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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month


According to the Brain Injury Association of America, more than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) each year. There are many causes of ABI some of which are: infectious disease, stroke, oxygen deprivation, substance abuse, seizure disorder, toxic exposure, or trauma. In a sports setting, a concussion is a type of MILD traumatic brain injury in which the brain receives trauma from a sudden change in momentum or movement. Signs of a concussion can include headache, feeling dazed or “in a fog”, irritability, dizziness or difficulty orienting to ones surroundings, nausea, or vomiting. It is important to remember that not ALL concussions require a loss of consciousness. Some athletes can look “normal” after a sports related trauma even though they had a concussive event. it is important for coaches, trainers, parents and doctors to know what the signs and symptoms of concussions and treat them appropriately. 

Written by Dr. Cheryl Everitt

Cheryl M. Everitt, OD, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California in 1994. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Everitt takes a special interest in treating patients with a variety of difficult eye conditions, such as chronic headaches and migraines. Dr. Everitt has been a conference speaker on topics ranging from contact lenses to practice management to trigeminal dysphoria. She has also participated in a mobile eye clinic in Riverside, and medical missions to Mexico. Dr. Everitt is one of the original founders of 20/20 Vision Associates Optometry and has practiced for 25 years. She was an associate research scientist for 4 years prior to becoming an optometrist. She is also an active member of her church.
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