Lazy Eye Success

Author: Dr. Randy Schulman EyeCare Associates, CT “Vision therapy has helped me ride my bike, and helps me for school in math, writing, and reading. I have gotten very good grades because of vision therapy” Gavin N., age 8 Meet Gavin Gavin is an energetic 8 year old who has a [...] Read More »

Eye Conditions That Can Affect Academic Success

Is your child struggling to keep up with their classmates? A vision condition may be affecting their ability to achieve academic success.  The following eye conditions can significantly impact reading and learning.  If you think your child may have a vision problem, schedule an appointment with an eye doctor as [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Math: Success Stories

Personal stories from adults and children who improved their math scores following Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Scott Before Scott was tested by Dr. X, he struggled in [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Spelling: Success Stories

Real life stories of children with spelling difficulties, where an underlying visual problem was diagnosed and treated with Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Aimee, age 11 When Aimee [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Reading Improvement: Success Stories

Real life stories of children with reading difficulties, where an underlying visual problem was diagnosed and treated with Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Spencer, age 13 Spence is [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for School: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children who struggled academically before completing a program of Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Schedule an appointment with a vision therapy eye doctor so [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Handwriting and Fine-Motor Control: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children who had poor handwriting and fine motor skills prior to Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Jimmy, age 11 When Jimmy first came [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Adults: Success Stories

Personal stories from adults whose lives have been enhanced with Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Contact a vision therapy eye doctor near you so that you can be apart of these success stories. I have always had problems reading and found out that Vision Therapy would [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for “Slow Learners”: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children labeled as “slow learners” when an underlying vision problem was causing their learning difficulties. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Alli, age 10 We initiated [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for “Laziness”: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children who were mislabeled as "lazy", when a vision problem was the underlying cause. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Julian, age 11 Julian has always [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Self Confidence: Success Stories

Real life stories of children who struggled with self confidence as a result of an underlying vision problem. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Jason, age 11 I believe that Jason [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Fatigue: Success Stories

Real life stories of adults and children who experienced eye fatigue from prolonged near vision tasks before completing a program of Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection.   Since Vision Therapy, Dylan feels that "everything is easier," and she experiences much less eye fatigue and stress. Although [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Dizziness: Success Stories

Stories of adults and children who suffered from dizziness or motion sickness prior to completing a program of Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. If you would like your child [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Blurred Vision: Success Stories

Stories of adults and children who sought to improve their vision clarity with Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection.   Andrew My name is Andrew B. and I am currently a student at the University of Massachusetts. My vision always bothered me as a child, and I've [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Music: Success Stories

Personal stories from adults and children who enhanced their musical performance with Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Matt Prior to Vision Therapy, Matt had double and triple vision, [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Eye-Hand Coordination: Success Stories

Real life stories of children who had poor eye-hand coordination skills before completing a program of vision therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Contact a vision therapy eye doctor near you so [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Headaches: Success Stories

Real life stories of children and adults who suffered from headaches before completing a vision therapy program. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Contact a vision therapy eye doctor near you so [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Handwriting: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children with handwriting difficulties before completing a program of vision therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Jimmy, age 11 When Jimmy first came in for [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Homework Difficulties: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children who struggled to complete their homework before completing a program of vision therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Rik, age 8 At school, my [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for 20/20 Vision: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children who have 20/20 vision, and still benefited from vision therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Holly, age 9 At the beginning of my daughter [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Eye Turns: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children diagnosed with an eye turn (strabismus). *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Schedule an appointment with a vision therapy eye doctor so that your child can be [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Eye Tracking: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children diagnosed with eye tracking difficulties. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Schedule an appointment with a vision therapy eye doctor so that your child can be apart [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Double Vision: Success Stories

Personal stories from adults and children diagnosed with double vision. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Schedule an appointment with a vision therapy eye doctor so that your child can be apart of [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Depth Perception: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents and children. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Schedule an appointment with a vision therapy eye doctor so that your child can be apart of these success stories. Alix, [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Learning Difficulties: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children with learning difficulties. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Julie, 12 Julie started out with scores in the Severe Deficit to Significant Deficit range with [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Special Education: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children in special education. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Marc, age 7 My son was having trouble in school. He would flip letters in words. [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Gifted Learning Difficulty (GLD): Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children diagnosed with GLD. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in.   Yehuda, age 6 Two years ago I walked into a doctor's office with a child that, [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Dyslexia: Success Stories

Personal stories from parents of children diagnosed with dyslexia. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Contact a vision therapy eye doctor near you so that your child can be apart of these success [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Autism: Success Stories

Personal stories of children with autism who completed vision therapy for underlying vision problems.  *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Schedule an appointment with a vision therapy eye doctor so that your child [...] Read More »

Lazy Eye: Success Stories

The following are real-life stories from patients who have successfully completed vision therapy for lazy eye.  *Names have been changed for protection of privacy. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Schedule an appointment with a vision therapy eye doctor so [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injuries: Success Stories

Below are stories from children and adults who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their experiences with Vision Therapy. *Names have been altered for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Contact a vision therapy eye [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Convergence Insufficiency: Success Stories

Real-life stories from parents of children who have successfully completed a vision therapy program for the treatment of Convergence Insufficiency. *Names of the children and the doctors have been altered to protect privacy. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. [...] Read More »

ADHD and Vision: Success Stories

Real life stories from parents of children diagnosed with ADHD— when a vision problem was an underlying issue. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might just recognize your child in. Schedule an eye exam so that your child [...] Read More »

2021 Update: Reading Fluency

80 percent of classroom learning is visual, meaning that any problems in the visual system can impact a child’s reading fluency. If a child has any type of visual dysfunction it could prevent them from achieving academic success and affect their reading fluency. These children are often bright and intelligent, [...] Read More »

2021 Update: Digital Eye Strain

Over 50% of the population suffer with Digital Eye Strain (DES) impacting the lives of both children and adults. The term eye strain describes a group of symptoms which occurs after extended use of the eyes, usually involving intense concentration or long periods of sustained attention. If you have any [...] Read More »

2021 Update: Neck Pain

Up to 70% of people will experience neck pain that interferes with their daily activities. Tension in the neck and shoulders can lead to eye strain, as tense muscles can press on eye nerves at the back of your neck. When thinking about what causes eye strain, you wouldn't necessarily [...] Read More »

2021 Update: Anxiety

According to the American Psychiatric Association, as many as 30% of the adult population experience anxiety at some point during their lifetime. Anxiety is the most common of all mental disorders. It can cause feelings of near-constant fear, panic, and worry. Feeling anxious and overwhelmed can come from being unsure [...] Read More »

2021 Update: Headaches

More than 15 percent of adults in the U.S. complain of severe headaches or migraines. A headache is described as an achy pressure in the forehead, temples and even the upper part of the neck. A migraine is a severe headache that generally causes more debilitating symptoms. Migraines can cause [...] Read More »

Myopia and Vision Therapy

Vision therapy not only treats lazy eye, eye turn, or learning difficulties, but may also prevent or slow the progression of myopia. While a cure for myopia has yet to be found, vision therapy can help by targeting certain factors that contribute to myopia (short-sighted). If you think that vision [...] Read More »

Vision Therapist

Vision Therapy Eye Doctors in What is Vision Therapy A personalized visual training program that retrains your brain to interpret visual input more easily and with higher accuracy. Benefits of Vision Therapy Vision Therapy helps school children with reading, athletes to improve their game, and helps with brain injury recovery, [...] Read More »

Which Eye Conditions can Affect Learning?

According to the College of Optometrists In Vision Development (COVD), 25% of all children have an undiagnosed vision problem impacting their school grades. If your child is the 1 out of every 4 children that is struggling in school, it could be their vision. Children who struggle with school, or [...] Read More »

Could a Child with ‘20/20 Sight’ have a Vision Problem?

Studies have found that 1 out of 4 school children suffer from a vision problem that impacts their learning. If your child has 20/20 vision, it doesn’t mean they don’t have vision problems that are making school difficult and undermining their academic success. When children get a vision screening at [...] Read More »

Does Dyslexia Impact your Work Performance?

Dyslexia affects around 15% of Americans, impacting the lives and work performance of millions of adults. Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects the way the brain processes and interprets information. Dyslexia can affect adults and is known for impacting reading, writing, and spelling. But, what you may not know [...] Read More »

Are your Child’s Grades a True Reflection of their Potential?

Is your child struggling in school? They may have a vision condition that is affecting their ability to achieve academic success.  When school becomes difficult for a student, it’s stressful for both the child and the parents. Not only is good performance and behavior in the classroom important to parents, [...] Read More »

Can you Improve your Child’s Academic Performance?

Did you know that 80% of the information you learn comes through your vision? If your child struggles to read or keep up with their classmates, they may have an undetected visual problem, which could be benefited with specific reading glasses or a customized program of vision therapy. Teachers now [...] Read More »

What Are the Benefits of Vision Therapy?

The efficacy of vision therapy has been clearly shown by numerous research studies funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). Vision therapy is a personalized treatment program designed to strengthen and improve visual skills such as focusing, visual processing speed, convergence, eye-tracking, hand-eye coordination, and more! This program teaches the [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy for Primitive Reflexes

Retained primitive reflexes can significantly affect a child’s school achievements, confidence and self esteem. There is a significant correlation between retained primitive reflexes and vision skill deficits in the children, ages 6-14. This was shown in a published clinical trial, by a private behavioral optometric practice near Cleveland, Ohio, to [...] Read More »

What are Retained Primitive Reflexes?

Primitive reflexes are essential for development of your baby's brain. However, if these are ‘retained’ there could be consequences for your child.  The foundation of a child’s ability to learn and develop starts with their primitive reflexes. In their first few months of life, primitive reflexes — the reflex actions [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy or Occupational Therapy?

25% of all children have a vision problem significant enough to affect their performance in school. Parents will do almost anything to get their child the help they need to keep their grades up at school. However, parents don’t always know who they need help from and what kind of [...] Read More »

Ocular Rosacea

Of the more than 16 million people in the United States who have rosacea, more than 60% will experience eye-related symptoms.  More than 10% of the general population exhibits dermatologic characteristics of rosacea, of these, more than half will be impacted by ocular complications. Ocular rosacea is a common eye [...] Read More »

Guide to Implantable Contact Lenses

Have you been told you cannot have laser eye surgery? ICLs may be the solution. If you are considering laser vision correction surgery, an implantable contact lens (ICL) could be an option to provide you with the best vision. The first ICL surgery was performed in 1993, with over 1 [...] Read More »

BVD Symptoms and Treatment

Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) is a condition where the eyes are slightly misaligned and the eyes struggle to send one clear image to the brain. BVD can cause a variety of symptoms such as dizziness, motion sickness, headache, and light sensitivity. BVD can significantly impact the lives of both children [...] Read More »

BVD and Motion Sickness

Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) is a condition where the eyes are misaligned and the visual system struggles to send one clear image to the brain. BVD can cause dizziness and motion sickness due to the visual system’s difficulties in fusing together the images from each eye. While BVD can cause [...] Read More »

Children and BVD

Did you know children can also suffer from Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD)? In fact, BVD affects children almost 10 times more often than all children's ocular diseases combined!  Up to 25% of children have binocular vision problems affecting the function of their eyes. The National Institute of Health (NIH) published [...] Read More »

The Effects of COVID-19 On Your Child’s Vision

Can excessive screen time due to COVID-19 bring out underlying vision problems? Author: Dr Valerie Lam The answer is YES!  With most everyone either working from home or attending school online due to COVID-19, we are all using computers and digital technology more than ever.  When our eyes are on [...] Read More »

Eye Floaters: Should I Worry?

Eye floaters can be a sign of serious disease, but now eye doctors can successfully treat with a range of very effective options. What are eye floaters? Eye floaters are small spots that can appear in a variety of shapes and shadows. They tend to drift or “float” through the [...] Read More »

Diabetes: Why You Shouldn’t Skip Your Eye Exams

Annual eye exams can prevent 95 percent of vision loss. Diabetes affects around 10 percent of the American population, yet nearly 60 percent of people with diabetes report skipping their annual diabetic eye exams. Why are eye exams important? Patients with diabetes have a high risk of developing a sight-threatening [...] Read More »

Lazy Eyes Need Binocular Vision Therapy 

While different treatments and techniques have been used to treat lazy eye (amblyopia), vision therapy has been shown to be the most effective, as it treats the underlying cause of the condition.  A lazy eye can develop when the neural connections between the affected eye and the brain are weakened, [...] Read More »

The Larry Fitzgerald Story

The renowned NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. attributes his successful football career to the skills he learned in vision therapy.  Larry Fitzgerald Jr. played college football at Pittsburgh University, where he earned uncontested All-America honors. In 2004, he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals (pick number three), and his [...] Read More »

Vision for Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a sport that requires physical strength, endurance, and balance.  Did you know that to be a successful climber, the strength of your visual skills is just as crucial as the strength of your muscles? Your visual skills play an essential role in your ability to climb. There [...] Read More »

Sixth Nerve Palsy

What is sixth nerve palsy? Sixth nerve palsy, also called abducens nerve palsy, is a rare condition that occurs when the sixth cranial nerve, also called the abducens nerve, becomes damaged. Each year, around 11 in 100,000 people are diagnosed with sixth nerve palsy.  The sixth cranial nerve is responsible [...] Read More »

Near Point Visual Stress (NPVS)

Modern science now understands why long hours of reading and screen time can lead to eye strain. When the visual system struggles to meet the demands that reading and learning place on the eyes, symptoms like fatigue, eye strain and headaches can surface— this is known as near point visual [...] Read More »

How to Help Your Students Succeed 

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), 25 percent of all children have a vision problem significant enough to impact their learning. Up to 80 percent of learning is vision-based. Therefore, any type of functional vision problem which affects the visual skills, can lead to learning difficulties and impact a [...] Read More »

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 »

Light: A Form of Therapy?

Author: Dr. Aaron Nichols Excel Neuro-Optometric Clinic Light therapy is now being used as a treatment to help people regain their quality of life following a brain injury. What is light therapy? Light has been a major area of focus in research for therapeutic uses. Light is composed of different [...] Read More »

Should I Be Worried About Myopia?

Myopia (nearsightedness) progression in children doesn’t only result in a rapidly increasing optical prescription, it can also lead to some serious sight-threatening eye conditions in the future. Retinal detachment Children with mild myopia ( −1.00 to −3.00 diopters) are 4 times more likely to experience retinal detachment.  Children with moderate [...] Read More »

Vision for Motorsports

Drivers in all motorsports are constantly seeking a competitive edge, though few know the important role the visual skills play in enhancing performance on the raceway. Whether your passion is MotoGP or NASCAR, visual skills play an essential role in your ability to lower your lap time with both increased [...] Read More »

Vision for Boxing

Having 20/20 vision is important for a boxer, but having the visual skills necessary for boxing can help you to size up your opponent, recognize feints, and prepare for that right cross that will send your opponent down for the count.  Your visual skills play an essential role in your [...] Read More »

Can Your Child Benefit from Myopia Management?

Myopia (nearsightedness) is a common vision problem that occurs when distant images appear blurry. Myopia occurs when the light entering the eye is focused in front of the retina, rather than directly on the retina. Myopia develops when the eye grows too long from front to back (axial length), and [...] Read More »

MiSight Lenses for Myopia Management

Does your child have myopia (nearsightedness)?  Is your child’s optical prescription worsening?  Does your child require stronger glasses every year? Myopia (nearsightedness) generally begins in childhood, when a child’s eyes grow and develop at rapid rates. If the eyes elongate, or grow too long from front to back (axial length), [...] Read More »

Vision for High School Athletics

High school athletics play an integral part of a teenager’s high school experience and can affect both their personality and social success. Athletic success breeds self confidence in teenagers and sometimes may even lead to an athletic scholarship to a college or university of choice. Whether your teenager plays organized [...] Read More »

Vision for Skiing

A great skier can maintain balance, dynamics, and control. But did you know that your skiing performance is also highly dependent on the integrity of your visual skills?  Your visual skills play an essential role in your ability to carve the slopes and freestyle safely down the mountains. There are [...] Read More »

Dry Eyes: What Is Intense Pulsed Light Therapy? 

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy treats the underlying cause of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and dry eye syndrome (DES), providing long lasting results for millions of dry eye patients.  Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that results from insufficient tear quantity or inadequate tear quality. Our tears are responsible [...] Read More »

What Do Polarized Lenses Do?

What are polarized lenses? Polarized lenses are known for their ability to reduce glare and improve color contrast in bright light. These lenses enhance visual clarity, reduce eye strain, and provide maximum protection in bright environments. Polarized lenses are recommended for outdoor use, especially in environments known for reflecting light [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy: Additional Evidence-Based Research

Evidence-based medicine integrates academic research with clinical trials — making it the gold standard of published research.  The following articles provide just a sample of the many evidence-based research publications on vision therapy. Quaid, P., Simpson, T. Association between reading speed, cycloplegic refractive error, and oculomotor function in reading disabled [...] Read More »

Corneal Transplant (Keratoplasty)

More than 44,000 corneal transplants are performed in the United States each year. The cornea is the outermost layer of the eye that is responsible for protecting the eye and bending light as it enters the eye, a vital first step in the process of vision. In a healthy eye, [...] Read More »

Cataract Surgery Complications

Every year, over 9.5 million cataract surgeries are performed, worldwide. While the overwhelming majority (98%) of cataract surgeries are successful, like any surgical procedure there are risks involved. It is important to understand these risks and be able to recognize the symptoms that may require immediate medical attention following your [...] 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

How Is Diabetic Retinopathy Treated?

Without proper treatment, diabetic retinopathy can lead to vision loss and even blindness.  Diabetic retinopathy occurs in four stages and can progress rapidly if not treated and monitored properly. Treatment of this sight-threatening disease may include different methods, depending on the stage of the disease. Throughout the treatment process, it [...] Read More »

The Contact Lens Exam

Over 22 percent of people who wear eyeglasses also wear contact lenses. If you are thinking about contact lenses, let your eye doctor know that you would like to schedule a contact lens exam.  Regular comprehensive eye examinations include tests for visual acuity and ocular health. While these tests will [...] Read More »

Guide to Soft Contacts Lenses

Approximately 90 percent of contact lens wearers prefer soft contact lenses.  There are many different options when it comes to soft contact lenses. While your optometrist can help you to narrow down your choices— usually dependent on your prescription and personal lifestyle, it is important to be aware of the [...] Read More »

5 Things Parents Should Know About Visual Development

Author: Dr. Ingryd Lorenzana Brain Vision Institute 1. The brain is the only organ that is not fully developed at birth, and its function builds over time, from the bottom up.   While the ongoing process starts in the womb, 90 percent of brain development occurs during the first five years [...] Read More »

How to Insert and Remove Soft Contact Lenses

If you are a new contact wearer, you may be a bit nervous about inserting and removing your new lenses. While inserting and removing your soft contact lenses may feel strange at first,  it generally only takes a few days to get used to the process— in no time you [...] Read More »

The Do’s and Don’ts of Wearing Contact Lenses

Wearing contact lenses has many advantages when compared to eyeglasses. However, since the lenses sit directly on your eyes, it is crucial to be aware of specific safety precautions that will help you to avoid serious complications, such as eye infections and vision problems. The information in this article is [...] Read More »

Introduction to Visual Processing

Author: Dr. Carl Hillier San Diego Center for Vision Care We know today that the visual skills necessary for learning go far beyond eye health and the ability to see 20/20! It used to be thought that having 20/20 eyesight, and healthy eyes, was sufficient to be visually prepared for [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy and Children’s Vision: Books

Many parents request resources and names of books to help them to gain a deeper understanding of their children and to appreciate the benefits of vision therapy. The books listed below are not a recommended reading list, or comprehensive library of all books available on this topic. This book list [...] Read More »

Vision Therapy: Glossary of Terms

AMBLYOPIA also known as "lazy eye" is a visual condition that affects approximately 2 or 3 out of every 100 children in the United States. Amblyopia causes reduced visual acuity or visual skills in one eye which can not be corrected by eyeglasses or contact lenses. This condition typically causes [...] Read More »

What Is Intermittent Strabismus?

Strabismus, also called an eye turn, can be intermittent or constant— depending on how often it occurs.  Intermittent strabismus occurs occasionally, most often during stressful situations or when the person is ill. Constant strabismus is present at all times. The distinction between intermittent and constant strabismus is an important determining [...] Read More »

What Is a Visual Acuity Test?

Your visual acuity, or clarity of vision, represents how well you are able to see letters or objects at a given distance.  Visual acuity is tested using a standardized chart during a routine eye exam, but may also be performed in a doctor’s office, or school setting, during a vision [...] Read More »

Keratoconus

What is keratoconus? Keratoconus is a progressive disease that causes thinning and reshaping of the cornea, the front part of your eye.  In a healthy eye, the cornea is clear and dome-shaped. When keratoconus develops, the cornea becomes thin and begins to bulge like a cone. This distorted shape causes [...] Read More »

Strabismus Surgery

What is strabismus surgery? Strabismus, also known as “crossed-eyes” occurs when the two eyes are unable to achieve proper alignment to focus on an object. One eye is generally able to look directly at the object, while the other eye turns in a different direction. Strabismus affects up to five [...] Read More »

Cataract Surgery: What to Expect

Cataract surgery is one of the safest, most effective ocular surgeries— improving vision for over 95 percent of patients. Are cataracts significantly affecting your vision and performance of regular activities? You may be a candidate for cataract surgery. What is cataract surgery? Cataract surgery is one of the safest and [...] Read More »

7 Signs Your Child Might Have a Lazy Eye

What is a lazy eye? Amblyopia, commonly known as “lazy eye” is a neuro-developmental vision condition that typically develops before a child turns eight years old. Lazy eye occurs when one eye is unable to achieve normal visual acuity. The condition causes blurry vision in the affected eye (even with [...] Read More »

8 Tips to Protect Your Child’s Vision

Visual health is crucial for all aspects of life— seeing, learning, and connecting with others. Follow these tips to  protect your child’s eyes and developing vision, to give them a life-time of successful achievements. Many parents share similar concerns about their child’s vision. Some of the most common worries include: Is [...] Read More »