Special Needs

2021 Update: Autism (ASD) and Vision

by Russ Lazarus May 19, 2021

The latest information on autism (ASD) and how optometrists can provide life-changing interventions. Studies of eye clinic records suggest that children with autism (ASD) and

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Vision Therapy for Autism: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

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

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Guide to Eye Conditions

by Russ Lazarus June 1, 2020

Early detection of most eye conditions can ensure you maintain clear sight and enjoy years of good eye health. Have you been told you have an eye disease or need eye surgery? There are 4 main eye diseases, and many others than can impact your vision.

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Vision Therapy for Children

by Russ Lazarus May 12, 2020

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.

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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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Fragile X Syndrome

by Russ Lazarus April 14, 2020

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.

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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 offer you a range of options to best manage your child and allow them to maximize their engagement with the world.

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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 experience learning difficulties? The answer often lies in the diagnosis of a vision problem, most commonly caused by poor visual skills.

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Vision and Down Syndrome 

by Russ Lazarus March 30, 2020

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.

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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. 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.

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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 (ASD). Vision problems are common in children with ASD, but unfortunately these often go undiagnosed.

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