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Sua Cravenss concu sion two games ago probably did not permanently alter his vision and force him into a lifetime of wearing gla ses. The Washington Redskins rookie linebacker may have jumped to conclusions by claiming that last week.But Cravens wasnt far off, says one expert. And he appears to have gone against the norm of most athletes who dont, or cant, acknowledge that the brain trauma they’ve suffered has affected their eyesight.MORE: Poor play, referee-controlled games turning NFL fans awayA lot of people dont have the vocabulary to clearly expre s how theyre feeling. They just say, Im not feeling right, said Dr. Eric Singman, chief of general eye service at Johns Hopkins Hospitals Wilmer Eye Institute. Singman, a specialist in neuro-opthalmology, has published several studies on the effects of concu sions on vision and their treatment including Vic Beasley Jersey  athletes of all ages.Athletes in general, especially in football, are notorious for hiding concu sion symptoms, Singman said. But an inability to describe exactly whats wrong with their sight compounds that, and a neurologist is more likely to diagnose it than an eye doctor.A lot of them basically get around the visual problem, by either bypa sing it or working around it, he added, pointing out that athletes are not alone in doing so. They find that they lose their place while reading, get Matt Bryant Jersey  headaches, are unable to scroll on their computers or mobile devices, cant be in rooms with any normal level of light, and get nauseous in moving cars. Their solution: they avoid all of these things.The best example of a well-known concu sion victim needed gla ses is Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was injured in a fall in late 2012 and wore gla ses for a time afterward. The most notablecurrent athlete in that situation is Dale Earnhardt Jr., who announced last month that he would sit out the rest of the NASCAR season after his head injuries over the summer.When he and concu sion specialist Dr. Micky Collins spoke about his progre s at Darlington Raceway, Earnhardt wore gla ses, and Collins told reporters that two of the types of concu sion they were treating him for involved his vision.Collins hinted at how those problems were affecting his off-track quality of Jack Crawford Jersey life: When I first saw Dale, my goal was to see Dale become a human being again.MORE: Tony Romo doesn’t deserve to be cast aside by CowboysSingman knows that well: he described seeing high-school athletes suddenly performing poorly in cla s because theyre unable to concentrate on reading after a concu sion. When hes able to diagnose the problem in a patient and put a name to it, he said, they get excited Im able to reproduce the feeling they have that they cant expre s.The brain trauma, basically, affects how the eyes focus, how they work in concert with each other, alter depth and distance perception and wreak havoc on balance and equilibrium. And one of the treatments for those symptoms, Singman said, is prescription gla ses which likely do not have to be worn for life, as Cravens believed, but could be needed for several months.That, in turn, serves as a reminder that a concu sions after-effects can last far longer than the week or two that players often sit out before returning to action. Cravens was hurt in Washingtons win over the Browns and mi sed the next two games; his status for Sundays game in Detroit is still up in the air.If you give a player gla ses, its usually a temporary thing, Singman said, and they would be used in conjunction with exercises to help the eyes to work better as a team.In other words, he said, Cravens post-concu sion gla ses were very, very common.Not as common, though, is Cravens talking about how he felt publicly. More often, Singman said of concu sed athletes Jalen Collins Jersey with vision difficulties, a lot of them are living a life of pain and silence.