Optometrists Network includes twelve advertising-free patient education web sites and our FIND A DOCTOR free referral directory (eye doctors). No member or user registration is required to access our sites. Our ad-free information is sponsored by our O.D. Members (who are Doctors of Optometry or Optometrists).
convergenceinsufficiency.org -- NEW SCIENCE!
Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is the leading cause of eyestrain, blurred vision, double vision (diplopia), and/or headaches. The National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute, and Mayo Clinic have proven that in-office Vision Therapy is the most effective treatment for this common vision disorder. This site was launched September 2005. Updated with new scientific research in October 2008.
lazyeye.org -- NEW SCIENCE!
Scientific research on the successful treatment of lazy eye in adults and older children has exploded thanks to 21st discoveries about neuroplasticity. For example, scientific research by the National Eye Insitute has proven that older children benefit from lazy eye treatment (up to age 17). What is lazy eye (amblyopia)? Links, references, FAQ, etc. Launched 2005. Updated May 2007.
Also available at visionstories.com. Over
525 inspiring Vision Therapy Success Stories written
by patients (children and adults), parents, and
teachers. MANY topics are covered including ADD-ADHD;
Blurred Vision, Brain Injured, Crossed Eyes, Double
Vision, Dyslexia, Eye Strain, Headaches, Reading,
Learning Disabilities, and much more. First launched
in July 2004.
A large site which serves parents and adults seeking
information on visual health. Popular with parenting
groups and special interest on-line medical sites
and communities. This site was originally launched
in 1996 as kidsvision.org. The name was changed
to children-special-needs.org in January 1997.
What is Vision Therapy? An in-depth FAQ interview
with an expert eye doctor. References to research
on Optometric Vision Therapy (some PDF format).
Links. Originally published in 1999.
An eye doctor explains different types of lazy
eye and strabismus (eye turns, crossed eyes, wandering
eyes, etc.) in an easy-to-understand question
and answer format. Lots of photos and illustrations!
See the fun bits on the evolution of human two-eyed
vision. Originally launched in 2001.
Winner, Internet Medical Site of the Week Award.
Recognized by AMA News and many others. The
cartoon-style web site teaches the public about stereoscopic
or binocular (two-eyed) vision in a fun and entertaining
way. Originally launched as a website in 1996.
This web site contains many third-party articles
on ADHD and Attention Deficit Disorders with a special
focus on the relationship between ADD/ADHD and
vision. Published statements by educators, eye
doctors, PBS, government agencies, United Nations,
etc. Read comments on relationship between C.H.A.D.D.
and Ciba Geigy (manufacturers of Ritalin). Launched
in 1997. Articles added every year.
David B. Granet, M.D., ... many patients
being treated for convergence insufficiency --
an inability to focus the eyes at close range
-- were also being treated for ADHD.
This site provides resources and information regarding
visual problems associated with brain injuries.
Originally launched in 2000.
Under development. Links to information on learning
disabilities and vision-related learning problems at Vision and Learning.