Children

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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Treating Amblyopia a New Way

by Valerie Lam February 11, 2021

New research shows that eye patching may not be the best treatment for amblyopia and lazy eye. Author: Dr. Valerie Lam Arggg Matey!  You used […]

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Low Vision In Children 

by Russ Lazarus February 11, 2021

Every year, more than half a million children in the U.S. are diagnosed with low vision or blindness.  Many children suffer with vision loss, but […]

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How to Help Your Students Succeed 

by Devora Kramer January 20, 2021

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 […]

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Ptosis: Why Is My Eyelid Drooping? 

by Russ Lazarus November 2, 2020

What is ptosis? Ptosis, commonly referred to as a droopy eyelid, occurs when the upper eyelid droops down over the eye. A droopy eyelid can […]

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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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5 Things Parents Should Know About Visual Development

by Ingryd Lorenzana September 8, 2020

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 […]

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What Is Intermittent Strabismus?

by Russ Lazarus August 30, 2020

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 […]

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How Is My Optical Prescription Measured?

by Russ Lazarus August 23, 2020

Whether you are visiting your eye doctor for your annual checkup, or have noticed that your vision is not as sharp as it used to […]

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Vision Therapy for Self Confidence: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 16, 2020

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. […]

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7 Signs Your Child Might Have a Lazy Eye

by Russ Lazarus July 16, 2020

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 […]

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8 Tips to Protect Your Child’s Vision

by Russ Lazarus July 15, 2020

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, […]

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Myopia Management FAQs

by Russ Lazarus July 13, 2020

Q: What is myopia?  A: Myopia is a refractive error, or a vision condition that affects the ability to see distant images or objects clearly. […]

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ADHD FAQs

by Russ Lazarus July 13, 2020

Q: What is ADHD? A: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common behavioral disorders that affects children. Approximately 5% of children […]

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Optical

by Russ Lazarus June 1, 2020

Optical What are scleral lenses? How to choose an eyeglass frame that fits you best. Do all sunglasses protect the eyes from UV radiation? Is […]

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Bifocals for Lazy Eye

by Russ Lazarus May 19, 2020

What are bifocals? Bifocals are glasses that contain two lens prescriptions, one for near vision and one for distance vision. The lens powers are usually […]

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Vision Therapy for Children

by Ilan Manoim May 12, 2020

Vision Therapy for Children Are your child’s school grades not a true reflection of their potential? Has your child been told they have a learning […]

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What Is Farsightedness?

by Russ Lazarus May 4, 2020

Farsightedness, also known as long-sightedness or hyperopia, causes near objects or images to appear blurry. A hyperopic eye focuses an image behind the retina, instead […]

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What to Do in an Eye Emergency

by Russ Lazarus April 30, 2020

What is an eye emergency? An eye emergency is any situation that poses a threat to a child’s eye health or vision. Eye injuries account […]

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A Guide to Eye Infections

by Russ Lazarus April 29, 2020

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 […]

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 Eye Drops For Children

by Russ Lazarus April 23, 2020

What are eye drops used for? Your eye doctor may have used eye drops during the eye exam of your child or may have prescribed […]

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Convergence Insufficiency

by Russ Lazarus April 22, 2020

What is convergence insufficiency? Convergence insufficiency (CI) is a highly treatable binocular vision condition that affects near vision and eye muscle coordination. Convergence of the […]

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Choosing Glasses for Children

by Russ Lazarus April 22, 2020

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 […]

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Are School Vision Screenings Reliable?

by Russ Lazarus April 20, 2020

Many schools conduct vision screenings as a service to try to identify vision problems that may affect their students’ academic performance… but are they reliable? […]

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Fragile X Syndrome

by Russ Lazarus April 14, 2020

What is Fragile X Syndrome?  Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the second most common chromosomal-based developmental condition after Down Syndrome and is estimated to occur […]

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Vision and Sensory Processing Disorder 

by Russ Lazarus April 13, 2020

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 […]

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Vision and Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NVLD)

by Russ Lazarus April 13, 2020

Guide to Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NVLD) NVLD can significantly impact a child’s life, however many eye doctors can provide the solution you have looking for. […]

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Vision and Gifted Learning Difficulty

by Russ Lazarus April 12, 2020

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 […]

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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 […]

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Lazy Eye: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus April 12, 2020

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 […]

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How Does a Traumatic Brain Injury Cause Vision Problems?

by Russ Lazarus April 12, 2020

Children’s vision problems from traumatic brain injuries  We often think of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affecting adults, however consider these facts: TBIs are the […]

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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 is a condition that affects children and adults, but […]

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Eye Conditions That Cause Strabismus

by Russ Lazarus April 7, 2020

The following is a brief guide to the common eye conditions that can lead to an eye turn. Eye turns affect over 3 people in […]

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A Teacher’s Guide to Vision

by Russ Lazarus April 7, 2020

It may surprise you to discover that many students that show signs of a learning difficulty actually have a vision problem. “It is estimated that […]

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Strabismus FAQs

by Russ Lazarus April 7, 2020

Q: Is strabismus surgery the only treatment option for an eye turn? A: No. Strabismus treatment options depend on the type of strabismus— direction of […]

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My Lazy Eye Was Misdiagnosed

by Russ Lazarus April 7, 2020

“Thanks to Vision Therapy, I Gained 3D Vision!” A Personal Story by Rachel Cooper, Past Director of the Optometrists Network My “lazy eye” was first […]

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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 […]

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How Does Vision Affect Learning?

by Russ Lazarus April 7, 2020

Since up to 80 percent of everything a child learns is derived through the visual pathways, if there is any interference in those pathways, a […]

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Vision Therapy: Evidence-Based Research

by Russ Lazarus April 6, 2020

Provided below are references for published research articles on the topic of vision therapy and its effectiveness for the treatment of many vision conditions. Please […]

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Vision and Down Syndrome 

by Russ Lazarus March 30, 2020

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.  […]

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Vision and Special Needs

by Russ Lazarus March 29, 2020

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. […]

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What Is Lazy Eye?

by Russ Lazarus March 28, 2020

Amblyopia, commonly known as a “lazy eye”, is a neuro-developmental vision condition that begins in early childhood, usually before age eight. Lazy eye develops when […]

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Does My Child Have Dyslexia?

by Russ Lazarus March 26, 2020

Dyslexia is a complex condition that affects the way the brain processes and interprets information. Dyslexia can impact reading, writing, and spelling skills. Dyslexia can […]

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How Is Lazy Eye Treated?

by Russ Lazarus March 26, 2020

A variety of treatment options have been shown to strengthen the eye-brain connections necessary for binocular vision. Lazy eye can be treated through different means— […]

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What Is Exotropia?

by Russ Lazarus March 26, 2020

Exotropia is a common form of strabismus characterized by an outward eye turn, away from the nose. Exotropia is a eye turn where one eye […]

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What Is Esotropia?

by Russ Lazarus March 26, 2020

Esotropia is a form of strabismus (crossed-eyes) that is caused by an inward turn of the eye, toward the nose. The condition can be constant […]

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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 […]

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Eye Exams for Children

by Ilan Manoim March 11, 2020

The importance of pediatric eye exams  While it is common practice for pediatricians to conduct a brief vision screening at your child’s annual physical, it […]

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Vision and Autism

by Russ Lazarus March 11, 2020

Visual problems can have a large impact on the life of a child with austism. Vision problems are common in children with ASD, but unfortunately […]

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Does ADHD Cause Social Problems?

by Russ Lazarus March 11, 2020

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 […]

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Can Vision Problems be Misdiagnosed as ADHD?

by Russ Lazarus March 8, 2020

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 […]

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ADHD and Vision: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus March 8, 2020

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. […]

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