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What is Reading Fluency?

by Russ Lazarus May 11, 2021

Is your child’s reading below grade level? If so, it could be a reading fluency problem. If a child has some kind of visual dysfunction,

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5 Tips to Avoid Computer Eye Strain

by Russ Lazarus April 25, 2021

Due to COVID-19, the amount of ‘screen time’ has increased significantly, as online education and Zoom are now part of everyday life. Almost 60 percent

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2021 Update: Vision Therapy for Eye Tracking

by Russ Lazarus April 25, 2021

Over 30% of those diagnosed as having dyslexia have an eye tracking deficit. When a child has a visual processing or perceptual disorder it hinders

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How does Visual Efficiency affect Learning?

by Russ Lazarus April 25, 2021

Over 15% of the population suffer with visual efficiency problems – impacting their academic results and workplace performance.  Visual efficiency is understood by measuring how

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2021 Update: Writing and Spelling

by Russ Lazarus April 25, 2021

Your child’s vision might be clear, but do they also have clear handwriting and accurate spelling?  Vision is not just ‘20/20 sight’ but is also

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2021 Update: Treatments for BVD

by Russ Lazarus April 25, 2021

Up to 20% of the world’s population suffers from Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD).  What is BVD? Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) is caused by the two

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2021 Update: Vision Therapy for Adults

by Russ Lazarus April 25, 2021

Vision therapy can be more effective for adult patients, as they are typically more motivated in therapy.
Once an adult starts to notice the results of vision therapy with their own eyes they realize how beneficial it can be for them, motivating them to improve even further.

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2021 Update: Reading Fluency

by Russ Lazarus April 19, 2021

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

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2021 Update: BVD and Eye Fatigue

by Russ Lazarus April 19, 2021

As many as 90% of people who use computers daily report eye fatigue symptoms. Vision is our primary sense, but most people take their eyes

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2021 Update: BVD and Anxiety

by Russ Lazarus April 13, 2021

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 of your surroundings and often prevents sufferers from living a normal life.

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Is there a Link between Visual Skills and Reading?

by Russ Lazarus April 13, 2021

We thank Dr Dan Fortenbacher for the context of this blog. This is based on Dr Dan’s blog on the VisionHelp website; ‘The importance of

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Vision and Autism: Part 2

by Randy L. Schulman April 13, 2021

Author: Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD As vision is key to so many other systems, vision intervention, such as vision therapy, can have a profound

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Vision and Autism: Part 1

by Randy L. Schulman April 13, 2021

Author: Randy Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD This year marks my 30th year as an optometrist and during all of those years I have seen thousands

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Myopia and Vision Therapy

by Russ Lazarus April 12, 2021

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

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Building Self Esteem

by Russ Lazarus March 17, 2021

Too many children are labelled as lazy learners, poor students, learning difficulty and even dyslexia and ADHD, when it could be an undiagnosed vision problem.

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What Are the Signs You Need Vision Therapy?

by Russ Lazarus March 16, 2021

Are you concerned with your performance at school, work, or sports? Strengthening the visual skills boosts your ability to focus, read, concentrate and all other aspects required for work performance. Vision therapy is a customized, personalized treatment program designed to strengthen and improve visual skills, resulting in enhanced reading, learning, attention and the overall school performances.

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

by Russ Lazarus March 16, 2021

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,

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Could Your Child Have Digital Eye Strain?

by Russ Lazarus March 16, 2021

Since 2010, there has been a 70% increase of smartphone usage and 40% increase in laptop usage worldwide.  Eye doctors are reporting a major increase

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Does your Child have a Learning Difficulty?

by Russ Lazarus March 16, 2021

Is your child not reaching their potential at school? Up to 80 percent of all learning comes through the eyes and visual pathways. Strong visual skills are critical for all aspects of learning. If there are problems with your child’s visual skills it could impact their ability to learn.

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Could Eye Strain Impact your Work Performance?

by Russ Lazarus March 16, 2021

Do you feel your work performance is impacted by tiredness, headaches or eye strain?
Vision therapy may just be the solution you have been searching for.
Vision therapy is an effective customized program that can deliver clearer and more comfortable vision. Vision therapy has been clinically proven to be effective for adults too.

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Does Dyslexia Impact your Work Performance?

by Russ Lazarus March 11, 2021

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

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

by Russ Lazarus March 11, 2021

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

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Can you Improve your Child’s Academic Performance?

by Russ Lazarus March 11, 2021

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

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What Is Computer Vision Syndrome?

by Russ Lazarus March 7, 2021

About 70% of computer users suffer from eye strain, known as ‘Computer Vision Syndrome’. If you suffer from fatigue, headaches, migraines or lose attention easily when using a computer, you most probably are experiencing this very common visual problem. Vision therapy could provide the relief you have searching for.

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BVD Symptoms and Treatment

by Russ Lazarus February 17, 2021

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 and adults and since there is a wide range of symptoms to BVD, this condition is often misdiagnosed as dyslexia or ADD/ADHD.

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Vision for Rock Climbing

by Devora Kramer January 26, 2021

Rock climbing is a sport that requires physical strength, endurance, and balance … and visual skills  Did you know that to be a successful climber,

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Anxiety Activated by Reflex Codes

by Alexandar Andrich September 21, 2020

Author: Dr. Alex and Patti Andrich The Vision Development Team If you frequently experience bouts of anxiety, you are not alone.  According to the Anxiety

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7 Signs Your Child Might Have a Lazy Eye

by Russ Lazarus July 16, 2020

Do you know the signs to look for to identify lazy eye in your child? A lazy eye is generally difficult to recognize because it usually develops in only one eye, without a noticeable eye turn. It is important to be aware of the signs that may indicate a lazy eye, since in most cases, the condition is not recognized easily – though it can significantly affect a child’s quality of life.

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Vision and Learning Difficulties FAQs

by Russ Lazarus July 15, 2020

These are the ten most frequent questions asked to vision therapy eye doctors.
You may easily find answers to your questions. If you still have questions, contact your nearest eye doctor experienced in children’s vision and vision therapy.

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ADHD FAQs

by Russ Lazarus July 13, 2020

These are the ten most frequent questions asked to vision therapy eye doctors on ADHD. You may easily find answers to your questions below. If you still have questions, contact your nearest eye doctor experienced in treating children with ADHD or any attention difficulties.

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Vision Therapy for ADD

by Russ Lazarus May 25, 2020

Vision Therapy for ADHD Has your child been diagnosed with ADHD, but continues to suffer from reading and attention issues? Does your have eye tracking

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Does My Child Have ADHD?

by Russ Lazarus May 14, 2020

The primary behaviors associated with ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These are similar to those experienced with undiagnosed visual problems and may be improved with vision therapy.

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Visual Side Effects of ADHD Medication

by Russ Lazarus May 13, 2020

What are the visual side effects of ADHD medication?

A child who has been prescribed a medication for ADHD may experience an increase in their visual problems. Many times ADHD medications can have an opposite affect – leading to increased difficulties in maintaining attention in class, as well as other challenges that may worsen the ADHD behavior.

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Optometric Management of Dyslexia

by Russ Lazarus May 10, 2020

Comprehensive eye exams are essential if your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia.
Children diagnosed with dyslexia could have an undiagnosed visual problem and may respond well to options such as eyeglasses or vision therapy.

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Convergence Insufficiency

by Russ Lazarus April 22, 2020

Convergence Insufficiency (CI) impacts the lives of up to 15% of all students. This is a highly treatable binocular vision condition that affects near vision and eye muscle coordination.
Children with CI can be mislabeled as ‘lazy’, ‘clumsy’, ‘poor students’ and ‘anxious’, or even misdiagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia.

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Vision Therapy Quiz

by Russ Lazarus April 12, 2020

Could a vision problem be impacting your child’s school performance?

Take a quick quiz to find out.

Take a quick quiz to see if your child could benefit with vision therapy. If your child is not performing to their academic potential, they may be suffering from a vision problem.  According to experts, up to 50 percent of children with learning difficulties have a vision disorder that is impacting their ability to learn.

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Convergence Insufficiency and ADHD

by Russ Lazarus April 12, 2020

This page provides just two of the many research papers that link Convergence Insufficiency (CI) with ADHD. 1. The Relationship Between Convergence Insufficiency and ADHD

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What Is ADHD?

by Russ Lazarus April 7, 2020

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common behavioral disorders among children. ADHD behaviors generally interfere with academic and social success and cause many difficult challenges. Over four million American children – up to 11 percent of school age students – are diagnosed with ADHD.

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Parent’s Checklist to Identify a Vision Problem

by Russ Lazarus April 7, 2020

Is a vision problem impacting your child’s academic success or athletic performance?
Did you know that vision problems affect up to 25 in every 100 children – that’s at least six students in every class.
This checklist can be a useful tool for you to understand all of the behavioral and physical symptoms that your child is experiencing, and may help to facilitate the identification of a vision problem.

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Vision and Learning Difficulties

by Russ Lazarus April 6, 2020

Approximately 80 percent of all learning comes through the visual pathways. Any interference in the visual pathways can inhibit a child from performing to their maximum potential. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA) 25% of all children, or 1 in 4 students, have a vision problem significant enough to impact their learning.

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What Is Vision Therapy?

by Russ Lazarus March 26, 2020

Vision therapy is a fully customized and personalized treatment program designed to improve and strengthen visual skills, and re-train the child’s visual system to interpret visual input with increased accuracy and ease.

Vision therapy is more than just simple eye exercises — it improves brain-eye communication, and the effective operation of the child’s visual system.
The aim of vision therapy is to enhance the visual skills — eye-tracking, focusing, convergence, eye-hand coordination, visual processing speed and more!

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ADHD and Vision: Recent Research

by Russ Lazarus March 19, 2020

Recent research has shown that ADHD behaviors may actually be a result of vision problems. If your child is fidgety, hyperactive, or distressed by his schoolwork, you may think that a diagnosis of ADHD is obvious. In the last 15 years, many clinical trials have been published and show that many vision problems can affect your child in the same way as an attention deficit disorder. Vision problems can be effectively treated, often without medications.

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