Thursday, March 28, 2013

Diabetic retinopathy

Are you having sudden blurred/double vision, trouble reading or focusing on near-work, eye pains/pressures, dark rings around lights, or visible dark spots in images of light? If so, make sure you visit the eye doctor as these may all be initial signs of diabetic eye and vision disorders. Click ont he link below to read more.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Every Eye Deserves Extraordinary Care!

Vision Source was in USA Today on March 15, 2013.  Check it out!

Friday, March 15, 2013

3D movies, depth perception, stereopsis and binocular vision disorders

At the end of this post is an excellent movie about 3D Vision Syndrome, an eye movement disorder that prevents people from seeing in three dimensions normally.  3D vision is called "stereopsis" and people who can't see in 3D are called "stereoblind".

If you or your child don't experience 3D movies they way other people do, you may have a binocular vision disorder that needs to be treated with vision therapy.

Here are some previous articles we have written on 3D vision and depth perception:

What is 3D Vision Syndrome? 

Don't like 3D movies? You may have 3D Vision Syndrome

Take your kids to see "Thor": doctor's orders!

Life threatening disease found in girls eye - lack of 3D vision was the clue

Fixing My Gaze - Can you imagine not having 3D vision?

TED - ideas worth spreading - Susan Barry on how vision therapy gave her 3D vision

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Family advice on Vision Therapy from the Washington Post

Here is a great family advice column from the Washington Post on what to do about a smart child who is hopelessly unmotivated in school.  The last piece of advice is about vision therapy:

Although an ophthalmologist will tell you how well your son can see, it usually takes a developmental or behavioral optometrist to tell you how well his eyes are working when he reads or when he looks back and forth from the blackboard to the printed page. Some children get headaches because they can’t focus well or their vision is blurry, but they don’t complain because they think that heads are supposed to hurt or that the world is a blur for everyone.
If your son has these or other vision problems, don’t despair. Vision therapy is to the eyes what physical therapy is to the body, and it’s effective 90 percent of the time. He’ll just have to wear special glasses for a little while every day, do some eye exercises every day and maybe play a couple of video games. To learn more, go, the Web site for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
The article also gives excellent advice on parents who suspect that their child may have ADD.  The symptoms of ADD are often the same as treatable eye movement problems  It is smart to see a developmental optometrist for a vision evaluation before getting tested for ADD:

If your son is still quite distractible and fidgety, and if he still has a short attention span and makes careless errors, he might have attention deficit disorder. But not always. One study says that parents should always have their child’s eyes checked before he gets tested for ADD, because these disorders often have the same symptoms
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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Pediatrician chooses vision therapy for her son - "life was hell" before vision therapy

pediatrician supports vision therapy

A great interview between a developmental optometrist and a pediatrician has been published at Wittman Vision .  Dr. Wittman introduces his interview as follows:

On Christmas Eve last year, I received an intriguing facebook message from a pediatrician. She told me the story about how her son completed a vision therapy program one year ago. One of the most compelling statements that she wrote was, “His dev opt [developmetnal optometrist] saved his life and our family.” She went on to write that two years ago “life was hell”. Her son had been diagnosed with intermittent accommodative esotropia, amblyopia, ADD, and severe vestibular processing problems. He was seeing a pediatric psychiatrist, and the situation was dire. She was worried that he would have to be hospitalized for his behavioral issues. Their family has an amazing story.