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Digital Eye Strain Affects Children Now More than Ever

It only takes two hours before physical eye discomfort sets in when the eyes are staring at a digital screen. Once the eyes begin to feel uncomfortable, they have reached a state that The Vision Council calls digital eye strain. American adults typically spend about 6 and a half hours per day on the internet. […]

EVENT: The Vision and Learning Connection at OCVT Westlake

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Briana Larson, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, FNORA, speak on the importance of the vision and learning connection this month, and find out what you can do to make sure your child has all the tools they need to reach their full academic potential. Vision Has a Direct Effect on […]

Brain Plasticity and Visual Repair: Can Vision be Improved?

Many parents of slightly older children with vision problems and adults who’ve been living with similar issues often wonder if it’s too late for visual repair after a certain age. Even though the critical period of visual development is early on in life, they’re usually happy to learn that vision can be improved because the […]

How Often Should You Get an Eye Exam?

Why (and How Often) Should I Get an Eye Exam? There’s more to your eyes than you might think. Our eyes serve as an indicator of our overall health and taking care of them from a young age is a must. Doctors stress the need for adults and children alike to get an eye examination […]

Can Stress Cause Vision Problems?

People often say that stress physically manifests itself—and research actually backs this up. Consistent and highly prevalent stressors often lead to affiliated health issues, and studies have actually found that stress can cause vision problems and can lead to vision loss. The following are scientific links between stress and vision, and the connection to overall […]

Can Video Games Help with Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)?

Amblyopia patients seeking help with their visual condition must rely on the elasticity of the adult brain for retraining its response to stimuli. Vision therapy for amblyopia typically consists of exercises that assist the brain in learning new ways to compensate for the disconnect between the eye and the brain. Serendipitously for amblyopia patients, advancement […]

Larry the Legend: Football Star & Vision Therapy Success Story

By Jose Germain From a Minnesota Vikings Ball Boy to one of the greatest NFL Wide Receivers to play the game of football, Larry Fitzgerald has left his mark on the gridiron. Amassing 15,545 yards, 1,234 receptions, 110 touchdowns, and 801 first-downs, Fitzgerald has earned his place as the 3rd best receiver on the NFL’s All-Time […]

7 Habits that Cause Bad Vision

Poor vision can come from a confluence of factors, including genetics, age, and your personal environment. However, many people just get their corrective lenses, like glasses or contacts, and don’t take other steps to take care of their vision. Especially in today’s world where you’re surrounded by screens, it’s easy to form bad habits that […]

Jessica’s Vision Therapy Journey: Finding Relief from Migraines

I grew up with migraines. I had multiple brain scans, tried all sorts of medications to dull the pain, saw neurologists, did acupuncture, and even saw an optometrist—all of this to no avail. Some of the doctors I saw actually told me that I was fine—no tumors, 20/20 acuity, nothing was physically wrong with me. […]

Why Do We Need Cursive Writing?

In today’s modern world, few people still write with pen and paper, let alone in cursive script. However, researchers believe that cursive writing is important to cognitive development and the brain’s sensorimotor region. There’s a substantial learning difference between handwriting cursive letters and typing or tracing those same letters. But with the abundance of smartphones, […]