Friday, November 27, 2009

Effects of Abusive Head Trauma on a Shaken Baby's Eyes & Vision

There are many different negative effects of abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome) on a baby or child, including effects on the baby's vision.  Specifically, a shaken baby may suffer retinal hemorrhages (bleeding into the retina) and retinal detachment (the peeling away of the retina from the layer of support tissue beneath it).  If not treated quickly, these effects on the eyes can lead to vision loss and even blindness, in more serious cases.  When a baby is shaken, his or her brain is pitched back and forth, causing trauma inside the cranium.  The parts of the eye most often damaged by this back-and-forth motion are the retina (the light-sensitive tissue of the eye on which a visual image is created), the vitreous humor (the gel between the retina and the lens), and sometimes the macula (the part of the eye containing structures that control central vision and clarity of vision).  Another key abnormality of the eye to recognize when diagnosing shaken baby syndrome is traumatic retinoschisis, a condition in which the neurosensory layers of the retina split.  Traumatic retinoschisis is unique to shaken baby syndrome; it has never been recognized in any other condition suffered by infants and young children.

For more information on the physical effects of abusive head trauma or shaken baby syndrome in general, feel free to contact child injury and shaken baby syndrome lawyer Chris Keane.  Accustomed to working with the best medical experts in the field during abusive head trauma cases, he will answer all your questions for free, provide you with helpful resources, and help you find the medical care your child needs.  Shaken baby syndrome is a serious matter, and Chris Keane is devoted to making life better for its victims and their families.

Click here to contact Chris Keane online or call 1-888-592-KIDS.

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DocStoc:  Visual Effects of Shaken Baby Syndrome

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