Children’s Vision

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: Dyslexia

by Russ Lazarus April 19, 2021

Studies show that up to 15 percent of the population may be dyslexic, though less than 10 percent actually receive a formal diagnosis. Dyslexia is […]

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Vision and Autism: Part 2

by Russ Lazarus 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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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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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 Are the Benefits of Vision Therapy?

by Russ Lazarus March 11, 2021

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 […]

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What are Retained Primitive Reflexes?

by Russ Lazarus March 7, 2021

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 […]

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Multifocal Contact Lenses for Children 

by Russ Lazarus March 7, 2021

Was your child prescribed multifocal contact lenses and you’re not sure why? Multifocal contact lenses are prescribed for children to support their learning and school […]

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Vision Therapy or Occupational Therapy?

by Russ Lazarus March 3, 2021

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 […]

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Science Needs Compassion

by Russ Lazarus February 18, 2021

Have you ever wondered if the smile of a nurse or the bedside manner of a doctor actually increase the chances of positive treatment results?  […]

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

by Valerie Lam February 11, 2021

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 […]

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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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Contact Lenses for Astigmatism

by Russ Lazarus February 11, 2021

Approximately 1 in 3 people have astigmatism, a vision condition that causes blurry and distorted vision. If you have astigmatism, there is a wide variety […]

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Your Baby’s Vision Development

by Valerie Lam February 8, 2021

Congratulations! You’re the proud parent of a new baby and you are so curious as to what they can see in their first year of […]

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Lazy Eye Success

by Randy L. Schulman February 7, 2021

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 […]

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Tinted Lenses for Color Blindness

by Devora Kramer February 6, 2021

An estimated 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women has some degree of color blindness. Color blindness is not an actual blindness, but […]

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Pink Eye or Allergies?

by Devora Kramer February 6, 2021

Do you find that you sometimes struggle to open your eyes due to severe discomfort? Eye allergy symptoms can sometimes mimic an eye infection, making […]

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Lazy Eyes Need Binocular Vision Therapy 

by Devora Kramer February 6, 2021

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 […]

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“Lazy Eyes” Are Not Lazy

by Devora Kramer January 31, 2021

If a lazy eye is not really lazy, then what is it exactly? Lazy eye (amblyopia) is the most common neuro-developmental vision condition, affecting up […]

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Which Glasses Are Best for Playing Sports?

by Devora Kramer January 31, 2021

Sports-related eye injuries are one of the leading causes of visual impairment and vision loss among children in the United States. According to recent statistics […]

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The Larry Fitzgerald Story

by Devora Kramer January 27, 2021

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 […]

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Help! My Child Dislikes Online Learning

by Devora Kramer January 26, 2021

The current COVID-19 pandemic has children learning through digital platforms for up to 7-10 hours a day! But what can you do when your child […]

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Near Point Visual Stress (NPVS)

by Devora Kramer January 23, 2021

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 […]

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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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MiSight Lenses for Myopia Management

by Russ Lazarus December 28, 2020

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 […]

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Optical Lenses for Children

by Russ Lazarus November 30, 2020

Which optical lenses are best for children? If you are purchasing new eyeglasses for your child, you may not even be aware that different lens […]

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Protecting Your Child From Digital Eye Strain

by Russ Lazarus November 30, 2020

How does digital eye strain affect children? In recent years, there has been a significant surge in the amount of time children spend in front […]

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Is “20/20” Perfect Sight?

by Denise E. Smith November 24, 2020

Author: Dr. Denise Smith The Center for Vision Development, Austin TX “Perfect sight” is frequently equated with the ability to see 20/20, despite the fact […]

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Vision Therapy for Math: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus November 11, 2020

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 […]

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Vision Therapy for Spelling: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus November 11, 2020

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 […]

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Vision Therapy for Reading Improvement: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus November 11, 2020

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 […]

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Does Amblyopia (Lazy Eye) Affect Eye-Hand Coordination?

by Russ Lazarus October 26, 2020

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 […]

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8 Vision Therapy Myths and Facts

by Russ Lazarus October 20, 2020

Vision therapy is a specialized program prescribed for the treatment of vision conditions that cannot be fully treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses.  Unfortunately, there […]

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How Can a Developmental Optometrist Help?

by Russ Lazarus October 14, 2020

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 […]

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E-Learning Without Eyestrain: Part 2

by Nathan Bonilla-Warford October 11, 2020

Author: Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford Bright Eyes Family Vision Care A visual health guide for students during the COVID-19 pandemic If your child is e-learning, and […]

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E-learning Without Eyestrain: Part 1 

by Nathan Bonilla-Warford October 11, 2020

Author: Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford Bright Eyes Family Vision Care A visual health guide for students during the COVID-19 pandemic If your child is experiencing screen-related […]

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The Power of Visualization

by Lynn F. Hellerstein October 11, 2020

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 […]

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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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Smart in Everything… Except School

by Denise E. Smith September 3, 2020

Author: Dr. Denise Smith The Center for Vision Development Do you know a child who is smart in everything but school?  These children usually appear […]

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Vision Therapy and Children’s Vision: Books

by Russ Lazarus August 31, 2020

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 […]

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What Are Prism Lenses?

by Russ Lazarus August 23, 2020

Prism lenses can be effectively used to treat vision conditions, such as double vision and other binocular vision difficulties. One of the most common uses […]

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Vision Therapy for “Laziness”: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 16, 2020

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 […]

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Double Vision (Diplopia)

by Russ Lazarus August 7, 2020

Each year, approximately 850,000 visits to the doctor and emergency room are associated with double vision.  Double vision, medically termed diplopia, can be very worrisome. […]

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What to Do for a Black Eye

by Russ Lazarus August 7, 2020

What is a black eye? A black eye is medically termed a periorbital hematoma, or a collection of blood (hematoma) located in the tissues around […]

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How Is Convergence Insufficiency Diagnosed?

by Russ Lazarus July 29, 2020

Do you often lose your place while reading? Do words on the computer screen seem blurry? Do you suffer from frequent headaches or eye discomfort […]

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Can Glasses or Eye Patches Treat Convergence Insufficiency?

by Russ Lazarus July 27, 2020

If you have been diagnosed with convergence insufficiency (CI), or are experiencing symptoms of CI, you may be wondering how CI is treated. Any type […]

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Dyslexia FAQs

by Russ Lazarus July 15, 2020

Q: What is dyslexia? A: Dyslexia is a complex condition that impacts the way the brain processes and interprets information. It is one of the […]

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Convergence Insufficiency FAQs

by Russ Lazarus July 15, 2020

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

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Vision and Learning Difficulties FAQs

by Russ Lazarus July 15, 2020

Q: My child is having difficulty in school, could he have a vision problem?  A: Up to 80 percent of all learning comes through the […]

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Vision for Basketball 

by Russ Lazarus July 13, 2020

Many have dreamed of netting a 3 pointer the way Stephen Curry can— but did you know that strong visual skills are needed to land […]

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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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 Vision for Football

by Russ Lazarus July 13, 2020

Did you know that Larry Fitzgerald, 11 times pro-bowl receiver of the Arizona Cardinals, attributes his success to vision therapy? Football is a sport in […]

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Vision for Ice Hockey

by Russ Lazarus July 12, 2020

Did you know that the strength of your visual skills can actually affect your ice hockey performance? Wayne Gretzky, known as the “The Great One”, […]

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Vision for Soccer

by Russ Lazarus July 12, 2020

Soccer is played in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. The fastest goal in soccer history was scored in under three […]

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Vision for Tennis

by Russ Lazarus July 12, 2020

Tennis players need speed, endurance, flexibility, and agility to be successful in the game. Did you know that tennis players also need excellent visual skills? […]

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Vision for Golf

by Russ Lazarus July 12, 2020

Did you know that strong visual skills are necessary for optimal golf performance— from seeing your target, to reading a putt, and even visualizing your […]

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Vision for Baseball

by Russ Lazarus July 9, 2020

If you think that hitting that 100 mile per hour fastball out of the park is all about athletic genes or natural abilities, what you […]

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Guide to Contact Lenses 

by Russ Lazarus June 16, 2020

How do contact lenses correct vision? Have you ever thought about how a piece of plastic can improve your vision? Contact lenses are primarily prescribed […]

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Dry Eye

by Russ Lazarus June 1, 2020

Dry Eye Do all eye drops work the same way? How do meibomian glands cause dry eyes?   Are there natural ways to heal dry eye? […]

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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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Eyes and Nutrition

by Russ Lazarus May 31, 2020

How does nutrition impact ocular health? This is only a guide— medical advice should always be sought before considering any dietary change. A balanced diet […]

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Eyecare for Children

by Ilan Manoim May 25, 2020

Eyecare for Children Are you worried about your child needing glasses? Do you want to understand why your child needs bifocals or multifocals? Are you […]

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Vision for School

by Russ Lazarus May 12, 2020

Vision For School Can vision problems impact academic performance? Passing the school vision screening means perfect vision… right? Can vision therapy help a child with […]

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Vision Therapy for Lazy Eye

by Russ Lazarus May 12, 2020

Vision Therapy for Lazy Eye Are you concerned your child may have a lazy eye? Is your child accident prone or have poor eye-hand coordination […]

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Timeline of Vision Development

by Russ Lazarus May 4, 2020

Vision and development A child’s vision is a complex combination of the brain, the eyes and the vast array of nerves that connect them. At […]

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Do Children Need Sunglasses?

by Russ Lazarus May 3, 2020

We all appreciate the need to protect our skin and eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation— this is even more important for children! Your child’s […]

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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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What Is Myopia?

by Russ Lazarus April 29, 2020

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness, causes distant objects to appear blurry or out of focus. Myopia affects clarity of vision for any distant […]

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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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NAACP: Vision and Learning Statement

by Russ Lazarus April 7, 2020

NAACP Passes Resolution on Vision, Learning, and High-Risk Populations at its 100th Anniversary National Convention, New York, NY 2009 PR Newswire, September 29, 2009 Charles […]

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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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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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