Babies depend heavily on their vision to explore and learn about the world around them. Many people are unaware that vision, like walking and talking, is a learned ability and your baby’s eyes benefit from visual stimulation. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your child’s eyes and vision are developing normally.Read More
Many children suffer with vision loss, but there are a range of low vision aids that can give them the best chance to engage with the world around them. There are a number of conditions that can cause vision impairments in children. While some of these conditions can be treated in early childhood, many can result in low vision or even total blindness.Read More
Author: Dr. Ingryd Lorenzana Brain Vision Institute 1. The brain is the only organ that is not fully developed at birth, and its function buildsRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 clear vision, good eye health and the best opportunity to succeed in school and the sports field.Read More
Are your child’s school grades not a true reflection of their potential? Has your child been told they have a learning or attention difficulties?
The problem could be with their eyes or visual skills and vision therapy might the solution you have been looking for.
It is estimated that 13% of school age children are far-sighted, farsightedness, also known as long-sightedness or hyperopia, causes near objects or images to appear blurry. Hyperopia causes the eye to focus what you are looking at behind the retina, instead of on the retina- causing words on a page, or images on your phone to appear out of focus.Read More
Up to 1 in 8 of all children will have an eye infection each year. Parents should be aware of the symptoms of an eye infection to enable prompt identification and treatment. Eye infections can be serious and may cause permanent vision loss. Effective treatment is always needed, especially when bacteria, viruses, or fungi invade the eye or the surrounding areas. The most common eye infections that affect children are called Viral and Bacterial Conjunctivitis— both highly contagious.Read More
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.
A guide to choosing the best eyeglasses for your child. Eyeglasses for children are now fun, colorful, and available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The latest children’s frames are also durable enough to survive the rough and tumble play of today’s child. With so many appealing choices, walking into an optical store can be quite overwhelming … remember to keep this experience as fun and relaxed as possible!Read More
Many schools conduct vision screenings as a service to try to identify vision problems, but are they reliable? The simple answer is, no. These vision screenings are very limited, and are not a substitute for a comprehensive eye examination performed by an eye doctor.Read More
Over half of the Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) population suffer from visual problems – most commonly eye turns, lazy eye and poor eye muscle control. FXS is the second most common chromosomal-based developmental condition after Down Syndrome and is estimated to occur in over 1 in 10,000 children.Read More
Have you been told your child has a sensory processing disorder (SPD)? Sensory processing disorders (SPD) can be life-changing, but many eye doctors can now offer you a range of options to best manage your child and allow them to maximize their engagement with the world.Read More
Have you been told your child has Gifted Learning Difficulty (GLD)? GLD can be a mystery— how can a child be gifted intellectually, yet still experience learning difficulties? The answer often lies in the diagnosis of a vision problem, most commonly caused by poor visual skills.Read More
Brain injuries can lead to vision problems, especially in children. We often think of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affecting adults, however consider these facts:Read More
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.Read More
As an educator, it may surprise you to discover that many students that show signs of a learning difficulty actually have an undetected vision problem. Teachers play a vital role in the future success of their students and are the most qualified professionals to notice any learning problems in the classroom. “It is estimated that more than ten million school age children suffer from vision problems that may cause them learning difficulties in school.” (National PTA)Read More
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.
Since up to 80% of everything a child learns is derived through the visual pathways and their eyes, if there is any interference in their vision, a child may not develop to their maximum potential. There are 17 visual skills that are essential for learning.Read More
Vision therapy is an evidence-based treatment modality. Do you want to see a list of references for published research articles on vision therapy and its effectiveness? Some of the references are available as links to original published research or complete articles in PDF format.Read More
The frequency of Down Syndrome (DS) is approximately 1 in every 800 births, with an increased frequency among older mothers. With the specialized improvements in the quality of eye care individuals with DS can live a more productive, longer life. Individuals with Down Syndrome (DS) are at a higher risk for a range of vision conditions that may affect the development of their visual skills.Read More
If you are a parent of a special needs child, then by now you have realized that nothing fully prepares you for this unique journey. Public school data in the USA now shows that up to 14 percent of all public school students ages 3 to 21 receive special education services.Read More
According to research, amblyopia affects up to 1 in 33 of the population— this means up to 10 million people in the U.S. may have a lazy eye. Amblyopia, commonly known as a “lazy eye”, is a neuro-developmental vision condition that begins in early childhood and develops when one eye is unable to achieve normal visual acuity, causing blurry vision in the affected eye, even with corrective eyewear. The condition also commonly presents with poor depth perception, and reading difficulties.Read More
A variety of treatment options have been shown to treat lazy eye – the aim is to strengthen the eye-brain connections necessary for binocular vision. Traditionally, it has been thought that lazy eye treatment should begin before a child reaches around eight years old, however recent research shows that even after this age, lazy eye can be successfully treated. That being said, the earlier the condition is diagnosed, the better the treatment outcome will be.Read More
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.Read More
Eye doctors utilize specific clinical and diagnostic tools and assessments to determine your child’s eye health and visual abilities. Since many learning skills are dependent on the strength of visual skills such as binocular vision, accurate eye movements, the ability to see distant objects, etc., doctors recommend that children have their first eye exam at age 6 months.Read More
Sometimes children with ADHD don’t fully understand what is expected of them in social situations. Children with ADHD usually encounter many obstacles in school, finding it difficult to succeed in their studies. Many children with ADHD face difficulties in reading or math, organization, focus, as well as their attention challenges.Read More
While many children with ADHD have 20/20 vision, they may still suffer from vision problems that affect their ability to learn. Functional vision difficulties can produce similar symptoms to those found in ADHD. These visual problems can lead to skipping lines, confusing words and word-order, etc. – making it impossible for the child to read accurately and efficiently.Read More