How Does Vision Therapy Boost Self Confidence?

Could improving your child’s school grades also improve their motivation and self confidence?  When people think of vision, they tend to think of vision clarity, or how well a person can see from a distance. Many schools even conduct a basic vision screening to help them identify the children who [...] Read More »

How to Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

Since 80 percent of all that is learned enters through the visual pathways, any type of visual impairment can prevent a child from achieving academic success. If your child struggles to read, they may have an undetected visual problem. Reading fluency and comprehension is dependent on the strength of the [...] Read More »

Understanding Convergence Insufficiency

Convergence insufficiency (CI) affects up to 15 percent of all school-age children. Convergence insufficiency is a binocular vision condition that affects near vision and eye muscle coordination. This condition occurs when the eyes are unable to effectively work together to focus on a near object. As a result, additional effort [...] Read More »

Do Vision Screenings Assess Functional Vision?

Most vision screenings conducted at schools measure visual acuity, or how well you can see, but unfortunately, do not assess other important aspects of a child’s vision. Vision screenings are usually very limited and do not assess the visual skills necessary for success in reading, learning, and even athletics. Why [...] Read More »

Meniere’s Disease and Vision 

What is Meniere's disease? Meniere’s disease is a chronic vestibular, or inner ear condition that causes severe vertigo and tinnitus (ringing in the ears), fullness in the ears and hearing loss. Meniere's disease affects over 600,000 Americans each year.  Meniere’s disease can develop at any age, but most often affects [...] Read More »

Managing Concussion: A Team Approach

Author: Dr. Aaron Nichols Excel Neuro-Optometric Clinic Concussions are one of the most complex injuries to treat, but with a team approach, including a range of doctors and therapists, the most optimal results can be achieved.  What is a concussion? A concussion can occur from an injury to the head [...] Read More »

What Are Side Vision Glasses?

Side-vision awareness glasses are an effective low vision device that increases the viewing field for people suffering from side vision loss.  Side vision awareness glasses (SVAG) are an advanced optical technology used to widen the field of vision for patients with hemianopsia (hemianopia), or eye conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa, [...] Read More »

How to Care for Scleral Lenses

Taking proper care of your scleral lenses will reduce your risk of contact lens complications and enable you to benefit from all of their unique advantages.  Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be a substitute for the medical advice of your eye care professional.  1. Always remove your scleral [...] Read More »

Coping with Macular Degeneration 

Around 40 percent of people diagnosed with macular degeneration suffer from depression. Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a progressive eye disease that develops when the macula, or center of the retina, begins to deteriorate. Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in [...] Read More »

Is It Safe to Drive With Macular Degeneration?

Central vision loss from macular degeneration (AMD) can significantly affect your daily functioning, including your ability to drive. Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a progressive eye disease that develops when the macula, or center of the retina, begins to deteriorate. Macular degeneration is one of [...] Read More »

What’s Worse: High Myopia or Smoking?

Smoking causes the development of sight-threatening eye diseases — but did you know that myopia can also increase your risk of these serious eye disease?  This article will explain why high myopia and smoking are both risk factors for ocular disease, as well as what you can do to protect [...] Read More »

Myopia Management for Athletes

Rarely do you think about your eyes when preparing for a big game... until your glasses slip off your face or your contact lenses pop out the moment you plan to execute that jaw dropping game-winning move. If you’d like to prevent future “eyewear accidents”, you may want to consider [...] Read More »

Using a Smartphone for Low Vision

There are no limits to what you can do with a smartphone nowadays, even if you have low vision.  Smartphones, with their advanced technology and never ending possibilities have changed the way we connect with family and friends, manage our businesses, and enjoy the world of entertainment. Thankfully, with the [...] Read More »

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis pigmentosa is one of the most frequently occurring forms of inherited retinal degeneration, affecting around 1 in 4,000 people, worldwide. Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a rare, genetic, ocular disease that causes retinal damage and permanent vision loss. The retina is the light-sensing back part of the eye which collects [...] Read More »

Top 10 Tips for Improving Low Vision at Home

Low vision can significantly impact your daily functioning. Follow these 10 tips to increase your independence at home, for even the simplest of activities.  1. Use contrasting colors whenever possible.  Contrasting light colors with dark colors whenever possible will improve your vision for many tasks around your home, especially when [...] Read More »

What Is Charles Bonnet Syndrome?

Charles Bonnet Syndrome affects up to 40 percent of people with low vision.  Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) typically develops in the weeks and months following an incident that has caused a significant deterioration of sight. When low vision occurs suddenly, it can lead to a neurological reaction that causes the [...] Read More »

Who Can Benefit from Scleral Lenses?

If your regular contact lenses are causing you discomfort or your vision is not as clear as you would like it to be, ask your doctor about switching to scleral lenses. Scleral lenses are rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses that are notably larger than conventional contact lenses. Scleral lenses [...] Read More »

Contact Lenses for Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis (GPC)

Up to five percent of contact lens wearers will develop GPC in their lifetime. Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is an allergic reaction that causes small round bumps called papillae, to develop on the inner lining of the upper eyelid. In many cases, GPC is caused by seasonal allergies or eczema, [...] Read More »

How Does Ortho-K Work?

Ortho-k contact lenses gently reshape the curvature of the eye to improve vision and control myopia progression.  Nearly 30 percent of Americans suffer from myopia.  Myopia, also known as nearsightedness and shortsightedness, is a refractive error that affects the ability to see distant images clearly. Myopia occurs when light enters [...] Read More »

Scleral Lenses for Dry Eyes 

Scleral contact lenses are an effective solution for patients with dry eyes.  Are your eyes constantly dry and irritated? Scleral contact lenses are known for providing clear vision and dry eye relief to patients who have been told that regular contact lenses will only further irritate their eyes and make [...] Read More »