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Eye-tracking device to test for concussions approved by the FDA

Until recently, diagnosing a concussion has been a complex— and subjective— process. However, this process might be changing with the invention of the EyeBox.

After years of clinical trials, the FDA recently approved a concussion-detecting device. The device is known as the EyeBox.

How does the device work?

While complicated on the back-end, the EyeBox is rather simple. It works by playing a four-minute video that “bounces” around the screen. Simultaneously, the device tracks a person’s eye-movements as he or she watches the screen.

Based on a complex algorithm, the device can detect discrepancies in a person’s eye movements that signal a concussion. While researchers believe the EyeBox could lead to major developments in classification and detection of other brain injuries in the future, it only provides a concussion diagnosis as of now.

This device will be a benefit and a disadvantage to athletes who are looking to rejoin competition. Doctors will no longer need to be overly cautious in diagnosing concussions, and potentially healthy players will no longer be forced to sit out games. However, the device will also prevent athletes from “working the system.” Because many athletes know the questions a doctor will ask, they have previously been able to tailor their answers to avoid a concussion diagnosis and remain in competition.

Symptoms of a concussion

Because concussion symptoms do not always appear right away after a head injury, it has been difficult for doctors to accurately diagnose concussions. In the past, doctors have tested a patient’s cognitive ability, including memory and concentration. Additionally, doctors have performed physical tests on a person’s vision, hearing, sensations, reflexes, coordination and balance.

Some symptoms of a concussion can mimic other brain injuries. According to Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of a concussion typically include:

  • Headaches
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Memory loss
  • Ringing in ears
  • Fatigue and trouble sleeping
  • Problems with vision
  • Seizures

If you are experiencing symptoms of a concussion or any other brain injury, seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine if you can file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your medical bills.

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