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Annual Vision Screenings Will Improve Your Child’s Academic Performance

Vision and performance in school are closely related, so it’s important for your child to receive a comprehensive vision screening from a developmental optometrist each academic year. The visual skills developed in early childhood set the foundation for future learning and help children achieve their full potential. With strong visual skills, your children approach classroom […]

Understanding Accommodative Dysfunction

Performing everyday activities like reading, writing, and computer work with confidence depends on your eyes’ ability to clearly perceive objects around you at any distance. Without proper focusing abilities, however, you may find you can’t switch your focus from object to object quickly enough to send important information to the brain, resulting in a major […]

Taking Control of Acquired Nystagmus

Nystagmus is an eye movement disorder, occurring in both children and adults, that causes involuntary repetitive movement of the eyes. Uncontrollable eye movements can lead to other vision issues, causing problems with perception, balance, and coordination. There are two types of basic nystagmus: jerk nystagmus and pendular nystagmus. Jerk nystagmus causes the eyes to make […]

Treating Lazy Eye in Children and Adults

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, is a condition in which the affected eye doesn’t receive the information it needs from the brain to behave normally, resulting in overuse of the healthy eye. Lazy eye results from various vision conditions that, when left untreated, cause the brain to use optic nerves for only one eye […]

Preventing Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed Vision Problems

August is Vision and Learning Month, which means it’s time to take a good look at your visual skills. President Bill Clinton created Vision and Learning Month in 1995 to educate the public about undiagnosed and misdiagnosed vision problems, helping to alleviate the struggles associated with poor vision in the classroom, at work, and in […]

Understanding Convergence Insufficiency

For people with normal vision, the eyes work together to form a single image. The transition from looking at faraway objects to those nearby causes the lenses to slightly change shape and the pupils to shrink, while both eyes move toward the midline. This process is called convergence, and it’s necessary to see single images […]

Detecting Lazy Eye in Children Early On

Detecting lazy eye early is crucial to your child’s developmental process. As your little one grows, they rely on healthy eyesight to guide their first steps, interpret facial expressions, and speak and read. Without healthy visual skills, your child’s development may be delayed, leading to problems both inside and outside of the classroom. What Is […]

The Connection Between Vision and ADHD

Because they share common symptoms, it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish between ADHD and the vision problem known as convergence insufficiency. The two diagnoses often go hand in hand (or the conditions are misdiagnosed), so it’s important to receive a thorough examination by both a vision therapist and a psychiatrist to properly address you or your […]

What Causes Light Sensitivity

Photophobia is a condition that makes looking at sources of light difficult, so much so that individuals with this condition may avoid walking outside, driving, or looking at computers. Sensitivity to sunlight, fluorescent light, and incandescent light can have a major impact on one’s everyday life, so it’s important for individuals experiencing sunlight sensitivity to […]

Alleviating Digital Eye Strain

Today’s digital world requires many people to spend long hours in front of the computer, whether at home or in the office, but constant exposure to digital devices can negatively impact your visual health. Digital eye strain (also known as computer eye strain or computer vision syndrome) can cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms—thankfully, there […]