What Is an Eye Stroke?

A retinal blood vessel occlusion, commonly referred to as an ‘eye stroke’ occurs when the blood vessels in the eye become narrowed or blocked. The blood vessels in the body are responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients to each and every body part. When the blood supply is cut off [...] Read More »

Does Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) Affect Eye-Hand Coordination?

What is a lazy eye and how does it develop? Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, is a neuro-developmental vision condition that begins in early childhood, usually before age eight. A lazy eye develops when the neural connections between the eye and the brain are interrupted and one eye is [...] Read More »

Night Blindness: Treatments and Prevention

Night blindness (nyctalopia) affects vision clarity in low light conditions and can significantly impact performance of daily activities. Night blindness, despite its name, does not only affect night vision, but also the ability to see in dimly lit areas, such as a restaurant or theatre. If you are finding it [...] Read More »

What Causes Night Blindness?

Night blindness (nyctalopia) causes reduced vision in low light conditions, and can be a source of fear and anxiety for those affected by it.   Decreased night vision can significantly impact a person’s quality of life— affecting the ability to drive after dark, and increasing the risk of accidents. How does [...] Read More »

Do Pencil Push-Ups Work?

Pencil push-ups are a commonly prescribed eye exercise for the treatment of convergence insufficiency (CI).  The question is, are they really effective? Pencil push-up treatment (PPT) is generally prescribed in an attempt to teach the brain to work more efficiently for improved binocular vision. Pencil push-ups are typically performed with [...] Read More »

8 Vision Therapy Myths and Facts

Vision therapy is a specialized program prescribed for the treatment of vision conditions that cannot be fully treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses.  Unfortunately, there are a number of misconceptions that dissuade patients from trying a vision therapy program and getting the help they need. This article will help try [...] Read More »

COVID-19 and Computer Vision Syndrome

Author: Dr. Alex Andrich and Patti Andrich The Vision Development Team Coping with COVID-19 may be affecting your vision The American Optometric Association (AOA) defines Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) as, “a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use.” Many screens [...] Read More »

How Can a Developmental Optometrist Help?

Developmental optometrists believe that vision can be developed and improved through a learned process.  A developmental optometrist, also called a behavioral optometrist, focuses on the entire visual function— not just visual acuity, but also the integrity of the visual skills. There are 17 different visual skills necessary for reading, writing, [...] Read More »

E-Learning Without Eyestrain: Part 2

Author: Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford Bright Eyes Family Vision Care A visual health guide for students during the COVID-19 pandemic If your child is e-learning, and experiencing screen-related eye fatigue, they may have an underlying vision problem. Do lenses with blue light protection prevent digital eye strain? When it comes to [...] Read More »

E-learning Without Eyestrain: Part 1 

Author: Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford Bright Eyes Family Vision Care A visual health guide for students during the COVID-19 pandemic If your child is experiencing screen-related eye fatigue, they may have an underlying vision problem. This year, there is one topic that has been coming up over and over again in [...] Read More »

The Power of Visualization

Author: Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein Hellerstein and Brenner Vision Center Visualization is an essential key to a child’s academic success. Does your child struggle in school?  Is your child less than enthusiastic about learning? Have you noticed how stressed your child becomes when it is time for test-taking?  Does your [...] Read More »

Eye Anatomy: External Parts of the Eye

The external parts of the eye work together to protect the eye and all of its internal structures.  The following ocular structures are located on the eye’s exterior: Eyelids The upper and lower eyelids form a moist region around the eye, and protect the surface of the eye from injury, [...] Read More »

Eye Anatomy: The Back of the Eye

Did you know that the back of the eye is responsible for transferring visual information from the eye to the brain? In order to see clearly, light is focused onto the back of your eye where it is transformed into electrical impulses. These impulses travel from your eye to your [...] Read More »

Eye Anatomy: The Front of the Eye

Did you know that the eye is made up of over 2 million parts, each contributing a distinct vital role in your ability to see? The eye is a complicated organ (second in its complexity to the brain), and all of its parts need to work in perfect harmony to [...] Read More »

 How Does the Eye Work?

Approximately 80 percent of everything we learn comes through our eyes — the question is, how? The eye contains over two million working parts and is considered the second most complex organ in the body— the most complex is the brain.  The inner structures of the eye all work together [...] Read More »

Dr Nate Bonilla-Warford

Dr Nate Bonilla-Warford, OD FCOVD Clinical Optometrist Dr. Bonilla-Warfordreceived his Doctorate of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry, located in Chicago, Illinois, in 2004. The following year he completed a residency program specializing in Pediatric and Binocular Vision at the Illinois College of Optometry. During his Optometric Internships, he studied [...] Read More »

Dr Lynn Hellerstein

Dr Lynn Hellerstein, OD FCOVD Clinical Optometrist and Author   Dr Lynn Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO is a developmental optometrist & co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C. For more than 40 years, Dr. Hellerstein has treated children/adults with learning & reading deficits, visual processing disorders, or brain injuries. [...] Read More »

The Vision Coach

Authors: Dr. Alex and Patti Andrich Vision Development Team Has your coach ever told you to ‘keep your eye on the ball’? Winning coaches are experts at breaking down sport skills, analyzing plays, and providing specific feedback to improve performance. However, when it comes to vision, the advice often gets [...] Read More »

Why Does Diabetes Cause Blurry Vision?

If you have diabetes, high blood sugar levels may be the cause of your blurry vision. Blurred vision, or any changes to your vision can be quite concerning. But before you panic, understand that blurry vision is commonly associated with diabetes and can sometimes just be a temporary problem. How [...] Read More »

4 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Vision

Diabetes can increase your risk of eye disease and permanent vision loss. Diabetes affects the way your body regulates glucose (sugar), and prevents the glucose from being properly absorbed by your body’s cells. When diabetes is not controlled properly, high concentrations of glucose remain in the bloodstream, threatening the integrity [...] Read More »