Vision Therapy

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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Blurry Vision and Headaches

by Russ Lazarus May 18, 2021

Did you know that headaches and blurred vision could indicate you have a undiagnosed eye condition? When blurred vision and a headache are experienced at the same time it can be frightening, especially the first time it happens. Blurred vision can affect one or both eyes. It can cause vision to be cloudy, dim, or even peppered with shapes and colors, making it difficult to see.

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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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Visual Sequential Memory

by Russ Lazarus May 11, 2021

Does your child struggle with reading or comprehension? It could be a visual sequential memory problem. The ability to remember the objects in a certain

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Visual Form Constancy

by Russ Lazarus May 11, 2021

Does your child still reverse letters, numbers or words? It could be a visual form constancy problem. Form constancy is necessary to understand that letters,

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Visual Figure Ground

by Russ Lazarus May 11, 2021

Does your child struggle with copying words from the board? Or have difficulty finding important words in a text? It could be a visual figure-ground

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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: Published Studies in Vision Therapy

by Russ Lazarus April 25, 2021

Evidence-based medicine integrates academic research with clinical trials — making it the gold standard of published research.  Are looking for published research on VT? Provided

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2021 Update: Vision Therapy for Learning

by Russ Lazarus April 25, 2021

Research shows 25 percent of children have a significant vision problem that impacts their learning, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA). Up to 80 percent of all learning comes through the visual pathways. There are 17 visual skills that are necessary to perform at school and the office, these are all critical for learning.

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2021 Update: Vision Therapy for Visual Efficiency

by Russ Lazarus April 25, 2021

Reduced visual efficiency can greatly reduce a student’s ability to learn or be an adult’s office productivity. Reduced visual efficiency can negatively impact a person’s

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2021 Update: Lazy Eye and Adults

by Russ Lazarus April 25, 2021

Lazy eye is estimated to affect up to 5% of all adults. For many decades, it has been thought that only children under the age

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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 Dyslexia

by Russ Lazarus April 19, 2021

Studies show that up to 15% of the population may be dyslexic, though less than 10 percent actually receive a formal diagnosis. Dyslexia is a complex condition that impacts the way the brain interprets and processes information. It is one of the most common learning disabilities that affects writing, spelling and reading.

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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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What Are Visual Efficiency Problems?

by Russ Lazarus April 13, 2021

Poor visual efficiency skills can negatively impact performance in school, at the office, and on the sports field. Understanding and knowing what to look out for can help with early detection and treatment of visual problems – leading to improved school grades and sports achievements.

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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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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

Vision therapy is a structured program provided by highly trained and experienced optometrists. If you are considering vision therapy, it is important to understand the differences between programs offered by orthotists, occupational therapists and other healthcare practitioners.

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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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Sandwiches and Vision Therapy?

by Russ Lazarus February 22, 2021

A ‘sandwich’ is when pieces work better together, than each piece on its own … but what has this to do with vision therapy? This

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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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BVD and Motion Sickness

by Russ Lazarus February 17, 2021

Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD) is a condition where the eyes are misaligned and the visual system struggles to send one clear image to the brain. BVD can cause dizziness and motion sickness due to the visual system’s difficulties in fusing together the images from each eye.

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Children and BVD

by Russ Lazarus February 17, 2021

Did you know children can also suffer from Binocular Vision Dysfunction (BVD)? In fact, BVD affects children almost 10 times more often than all children’s ocular diseases combined!  Up to 25% of children have binocular vision problems affecting the function of their eyes.

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What is Binocular Visual Dysfunction (BVD)?

by Russ Lazarus February 17, 2021

Up to 20% of the world’s population suffers from Binocular Visual Dysfunction (BVD). If you experience headaches, blurred vision, anxiety, balance problems, and dizziness making simple everyday tasks difficult, you may have this common visual problem.

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Fix Your Vision After Brain Injury

by Valerie Lam February 11, 2021

Many optometrists can help patients with brain injuries from concussions, strokes, brain tumors, and brain surgeries, that have left them with numerous visual problems. Author:

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Feeling Anxious? You May Have a Vision Problem

by Devora Kramer February 7, 2021

Anxiety disorders affect millions of people each year. But did you know that certain vision problems can actually trigger anxious thoughts and feelings? Binocular vision

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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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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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Stanford University: Concussions and Oculo-Motor Dysfunction

by Devora Kramer January 31, 2021

This month, a presentation was given by Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, FACS at the Stanford Brain Performance Center (Department of Neurosurgery and Stanford Athletics),

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Vision Therapy Builds Confidence 

by Devora Kramer January 28, 2021

If your child has been struggling in school, they may also be struggling with their confidence and self esteem.  Many children who suffer from reduced

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How Do Reading Glasses Help Children?

by Devora Kramer January 28, 2021

Has your optometrist prescribed reading glasses for your child? When people think of reading glasses, they generally think of older adults with presbyopia. Reading glasses for children, typically referred to as ‘low plus’ lenses, are not prescribed for the same reason as they are for adults, but rather to support the focusing skills necessary for near vision activities.

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The Larry Fitzgerald Story

by Devora Kramer January 27, 2021

Have you heard of NFL star Arizona Cardinals wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald?
He is the second most career leading receiver for total TDs, yards, catches and more, after the legendary Jerry Rice. Larry credits his success on the field to a customized vision therapy program.

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Vision Therapy or Orthoptic Therapy?

by Devora Kramer January 27, 2021

Vision therapy and orthoptic therapy are sometimes confused with one another.  The information on this page includes everything you need to know about what makes

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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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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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Sixth Nerve Palsy

by Devora Kramer January 23, 2021

Sixth nerve palsy, also called abducens nerve palsy, is a rare condition that occurs when the sixth cranial nerve, also called the abducens nerve, becomes damaged.

Each year, around 11 in 100,000 people are diagnosed with sixth nerve palsy. 

The sixth cranial nerve is responsible for sending signals to the lateral rectus muscle. When the sixth cranial nerve becomes damaged, it prevents the lateral rectus muscle from operating and results in an inward eye turn (esotropia) and double vision.

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Fourth Nerve Palsy

by Devora Kramer January 23, 2021

Fourth Nerve Palsy, also known as Superior Oblique Palsy or Trochlear Nerve Palsy, occurs when the fourth cranial nerve becomes diseased or damaged. The fourth cranial nerve controls the actions of the superior oblique eye muscle and is responsible for turning the eye inward and downward.

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What Is Neuroplasticity?

by Devora Kramer January 23, 2021

Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change and adapt in response to new experiences. It was once thought that the nerve fibers in the

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Eye Conditions That Can Affect Academic Success

by Devora Kramer January 20, 2021

Is your child struggling to keep up with their classmates? A vision condition may be affecting their ability to achieve academic success.  The following eye

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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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The Do’s and Don’ts of Vision Therapy

by Devora Kramer January 20, 2021

Has your optometrist recommended a program of vision therapy?  Vision therapy is an effective program designed to treat a variety of vision conditions that cannot

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Prism Lenses for Double Vision

by Devora Kramer January 20, 2021

Double vision is a relatively common problem, and is responsible for 850,000 visits to the doctor and hospital each year. Double vision, also known as

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How Does Vision Therapy Boost Self Confidence?

by Devora Kramer January 17, 2021

Could improving your child’s school grades also improve their motivation and self confidence? Many children who suffer from reduced visual skills are not identified and end up struggling through school and even on the sports field – often being mislabeled as clumsy, lazy, or learning disabled and even misdiagnosed with ADHD. These negative stigmas can significantly impact a child’s self esteem and confidence, both inside and outside the classroom.

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How to Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

by Devora Kramer January 17, 2021

If your child struggles to read, they may have an undetected visual problem. Reading fluency and comprehension is dependent on the strength of the visual skills – specifically, binocular vision, saccades, accommodation, visual fixation, and convergence. A deficiency in any of these visual skills can result in reading difficulties, which can consequently impact a child’s ability to learn.

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Understanding Convergence Insufficiency

by Devora Kramer January 17, 2021

Convergence insufficiency (CI) affects up to 15 percent of all school-age children. Convergence insufficiency is a binocular vision condition that affects near vision and eye

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Do Vision Screenings Assess Functional Vision?

by Devora Kramer January 17, 2021

Most vision screenings conducted at schools measure visual acuity, or how well you can see, but unfortunately, do not assess other important aspects of a

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Meniere’s Disease and Vision 

by Devora Kramer January 12, 2021

What is Meniere’s disease? Meniere’s disease is a chronic vestibular, or inner ear condition that causes severe vertigo and tinnitus (ringing in the ears), fullness

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5 Tips to Improve Your Game

by Devora Kramer January 5, 2021

Whether you’re trying out for a high school sports team, training for a 5K marathon, or competing in a friendly softball league, practice these 5

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Vision for Motorsports

by Devora Kramer January 4, 2021

Drivers in all motorsports are constantly seeking a competitive edge – improved visual skills may be the solution. Whether your passion is MotoGP or NASCAR,

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Vision for Boxing

by Devora Kramer January 4, 2021

To thrive in the ring, your boxing skills are are as vital as your visual skills. Clear vision is important for a boxer, but having

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Vision for High School Athletics

by Russ Lazarus December 20, 2020

High school athletics play an integral part of a teenager’s high school experience and can affect both their personality and social success. Athletic success breeds self confidence in teenagers and sometimes may even lead to an athletic scholarship to a college or university of choice.

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Vision for Skiing

by Russ Lazarus December 20, 2020

A great skier maintains balance, dynamics, and control. But your skiing performance is highly dependent on the integrity of your visual skills  Your visual skills

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Headaches and Migraines 

by Russ Lazarus December 20, 2020

Over 15 percent of adults in the U.S. complain of severe headaches or migraines. What’s the difference between a headache and migraine?  Headaches A headache

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Neuro-Optometry 

by Russ Lazarus December 20, 2020

What is a neuro-optometrist? Neuro-optometrists diagnose and treat visual problems related to neurological conditions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Through rehabilitative treatment, neuro-optometrists retrain and

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Research Reveals New Effective Treatment for Adults with Lazy Eye 

by Russ Lazarus December 14, 2020

Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye”, is a vision problem that affects both children and adults. Lazy eye typically begins in childhood and causes a

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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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Vision Therapy: Additional Evidence-Based Research

by Russ Lazarus November 24, 2020

Evidence-based medicine integrates academic research with clinical trials — making it the gold standard of published research.  The following articles provide just a sample of

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What’s the Deal with Prism Lenses?

by Randy L. Schulman November 24, 2020

Author: Dr. Randy Schulman EyeCare Associates, CT Has your eye doctor prescribed prism glasses or lenses? More recently, people are hearing more and more about

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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: 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 by an eye doctor experienced in children’s vision. *Names have been changed for privacy protection.

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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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Do Pencil Push-Ups Work?

by Russ Lazarus October 20, 2020

Pencil push-ups are a commonly prescribed eye exercise for the treatment of convergence insufficiency (CI).  The question is, are they really effective? Pencil push-up treatment

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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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The Vision Coach

by Alexandar Andrich September 23, 2020

Authors: Dr. Alex and Patti Andrich Vision Development Team Has your coach ever told you to ‘keep your eye on the ball’? Winning coaches are

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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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Vision Therapy: Glossary of Terms

by Russ Lazarus August 30, 2020

Have you heard some terms from friends, family or even your eye doctor, that you are not sure what they mean? Here is a guide

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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 Are Prisms Used in Vision Therapy?

by Russ Lazarus August 27, 2020

Prism lenses can improve vision for clearer, more comfortable binocular vision.  Prism lenses, also called yoked prisms, are often prescribed by eye doctors for patients

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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 for an eye doctor to prescribe prisms is to treat a condition known as Binocular Visual Dysfunction (BVD).

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Vision Therapy for School: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 17, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children who struggled academically, and after completing a program of Vision Therapy their school grades improved. *Names have been changed for privacy protection.

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Vision Therapy for Handwriting and Fine-Motor Control: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 17, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children who had poor handwriting and fine motor skills prior to Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection.

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Vision Therapy for Adults: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 16, 2020

Personal stories from adults whose lives have been enhanced with Vision Therapy.
*Names have been changed for privacy protection

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Vision Therapy for “Slow Learners”: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 16, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children labeled as “slow learners” when an underlying vision problem was causing their learning difficulties. *Names have been changed for

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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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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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Vision Therapy for Fatigue: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 16, 2020

Real life stories of adults and children who experienced eye fatigue from prolonged near vision tasks before completing a program of Vision Therapy. *Names have

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Vision Therapy for Dizziness: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 16, 2020

Stories of adults and children who suffered from dizziness or motion sickness prior to completing a program of Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for

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Vision Therapy for Blurred Vision: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 16, 2020

Stories of adults and children who sought to improve their vision clarity with Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Andrew My name

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Vision Therapy for Music: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 16, 2020

Personal stories from adults and children who enhanced their musical performance with Vision Therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a

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Vision Therapy for Eye-Hand Coordination: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 16, 2020

Real life stories of children who had poor eye-hand coordination skills before completing a program of vision therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection.

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Vision Therapy for Headaches: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Real life stories of children and adults who suffered from headaches before completing a vision therapy program. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click

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Vision Therapy for Handwriting: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children with handwriting difficulties before completing a program of vision therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here

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Vision Therapy for Homework Difficulties: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children who struggled to complete their homework before completing a program of vision therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy

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Vision Therapy for 20/20 Vision: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children who have 20/20 vision, and still benefited from vision therapy. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here

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Vision Therapy for Eye Turns: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children diagnosed with an eye turn (strabismus). *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of

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Vision Therapy for Eye Tracking: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children diagnosed with eye tracking difficulties. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more

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Vision Therapy for Double Vision: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Personal stories from adults and children diagnosed with double vision. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success

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Vision Therapy for Depth Perception: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Personal stories from parents and children. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories pages, you might

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Vision Therapy for Learning Difficulties: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children with learning difficulties. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories

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Vision Therapy for Special Education: Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children in special education. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories

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Vision Therapy for Gifted Learning Difficulty (GLD): Success Stories

by Russ Lazarus August 15, 2020

Personal stories from parents of children diagnosed with GLD. *Names have been changed for privacy protection. Click here for a list of more success stories

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