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Vision Therapy News

Vision Therapy News

Here's Vision Therapy News about VT and related topics like sports vision training, concussions, etc.  VT is gaining more press as more and more patients see results.

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9/12/16  Study finds that Vision Therapy is useful for concussion-related visual disorders.

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Vision Therapy for Concussions

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8/29/16  Playing with a concussion doubles recovery time.

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Playing with a concussion

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8/29/16  Spreading awareness about the importance of vision to learning.

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Importance of Vision in Learning

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7/14/16  A compelling question among concussion researchers is:  Do girls and women concuss differently than males?  Are they more likely to get a concussion?  Do their symptoms last longer?

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Do Females Concuss Differently?

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5/10/16 Many people experience vision problems and eye discomfort when viewing digital screens for long periods of time. This discomfort increases with the amount of cell phone, computer, and tablet use. 

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Digital Eye Strain

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5/6/16 Excessive smartphone use is linked to esotropia (a form of strabismus, or "squint," in which one or both eyes turns inward that can give the affected individual a "cross-eyed" appearance). 

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Smartphones and Esotropia

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4/26/16 Not enough play time is causing eye problems among children.

Read more here:  Play can save eyesight

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2/19/16  A concussed volleyball player improves her life with Vision Therapy.

Read more here:  VT for Concussions

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1/19/16  A baseball team significantly improved their batting performance with the help of an enhanced vision training program.

Read more here:  Enhanced Vision Training

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1/6/16  Survey finds that digital eye strain is worse for multitaskers.  Now people interrupt staring at their computer screens with staring at their smartphones.

Read more here:  Digital Eye Strain

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11/24/15  Research has determined the key contributor to slow reading in school-age children.

Read more here:  Slow Reading in Children!

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10/19/15  Watching movies could help treat children with lazy eye.

Read more here:  Watching movies for lazy eye!

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1/19/15    In this video, an optometrist explains what it is like for a person, especially a child, who has to work extremely hard to see because they have vision problems that interfere with their ability to read, to learn, to comprehend, and even pay attention.

Watch this video:  Curing Learning-Related Vision Problems

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9/30/14    October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month and the COVD (the College of Optometrists in Vision Development) is bringing attention to the fact that learning disabilities are often vision problems in disguise.

Learn more here:  Vision Problems Masquerade as Learning Disabilities

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9/17/14    Vestibular/ocular motor screening (VOMS) is a new test that concerns the vestibular ocular system (which is responsible for integrating vision, balance and movement and allows us to keep our eyes focused and stable when we move our head around). VOMS can tell clinicians what type of a concussion a patient has suffered.

Read more:  VOMS for Concussions

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9/13/14     Concussions are a huge concern in sports.  They can cause vision problems.

A new test, called the BNA, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration recently that may help diagnose concussions in young athletes.  This test allows researchers to see how nerve cells are firing in the brain and shows brain dysfunction that may be the result of a concussion.

Learn more:  BNA Test for Concussions

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9/9/14      New Study Shows Impact of Early Intervention on AutismAutism Intervention
It is estimated that 1 in 68 children has some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  A new, small study by UC Davis reveals
that parents can be taught tricks and tools for early intervention that may help infants grow out of Autism symptoms.

Read more:  Autism Intervention

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8/6/14        Strabismus, or crossed eyes, can be stressful for parents.

Read why:  7 Reasons Why Strabismus Is Stressful to Parents

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8/1/14        August is Vision and Learning Month!  Here's a position paper that was released a year ago by the American Academy of Optometry about Optometric Care of the Struggling Student.

Read more:  Optometric Care for Struggling Students

Plus, the COVD launched a press release that focuses on how grades are related to vision. "Poor Grades Explained by Vision Problems: College of Optometrists in Vision Development offers hope to parents of struggling readers"

Read more here:  Poor Grades Explained By Vision Problems

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7/31/14      MDs are learning and commenting about Vision Therapy.

Read more here:  MDs Talk About Vision Therapy

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7/18/14       "The State legislature has mandated that by the academic calendar of 2015-16 every student athlete as a part of their medical eligibility will have to read and sign off on a concussion education sign and symptoms document.

Read more:  Mandatory Concussion Education

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 7/7/14        Children are at greatest risk from the harmful UV rays because the lens in their eyes are not yet mature and can't filter UV light as effectively. The skin is at greatest risk for sunburn from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m.; while the eyes are at greatest risk of UV exposure from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. when the sun is rising and setting.

Read more:  Why Kids Need Sunglasses

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7/1/14         "Learning Problems Can Be in the Eyes: A Back-to-School Message From the College of Optometrists in Vision Development" - parents also need to include a very important school supply-an eye examination

Read more:  Back-to-School Eye Exams

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6/27/14    "Teaching Handwriting: An Important Skill to Master" - Teachers are spending less and less time teaching penmanship, and some have stopped teaching it altogether as that time is being reallocated to keyboarding.

Handwriting is an important skill to master as practice strengthens the muscles in the hand.  Fine motor skills and note-taking will suffer if this skill is not fully developed to automaticity.

This article explores this topic in detail: Teaching Handwriting  

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6/25/14        Study shows that improving vision skills does improve reading fluency.

Read more:  Link Between Vision and Academics

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6/18/14      "For a small but significant fraction of the population, however, the left and right eyes do not work as a team. The result, known as convergence insufficiency (CI), leads to visual stress and strain and headaches. The impacts on cognition and learning can be severe, particularly for children."
 
"Armed with a five-year research grant from the National Institutes of Health, Alvarez is poised to begin untangling some of the mysteries behind CI. In a study that is the first of its kind in terms of size and scope, she and her research team will quantify eye movements and functional imaging to understand how an established form of vision therapy leads to a sustained reduction in symptoms related to CI. They are hopeful that the study will lead to new therapeutic interventions and ultimately improve activities of daily living, such as allowing people to read more comfortably for longer periods of time."

Read more:  Study on Link Between Vision Problems and Cognition

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6/5/14       The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) issues a press release that focuses on how grades are related to vision.

Read more:  Poor Grades Explained By Vision Problems

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6/1/14       New studies have indicated that the amount of time children spend outside may decrease the risk of developing myopia.

Read more:  Spending Time Outside

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4/9/14         Due to the high variability within autism spectrum disorders, not all individuals will benefit from vision therapy. However, a child who can see his world clearly has a much better chance of benefiting from other therapies.

Read more:    The Autism Puzzle

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3/12/14       Here's a video where a private citizen weighs in on the Common Core at a public hearing to the Education Committee in Hartford, CT.

Watch this:     Are kids ready for the Common Core?


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3/12/14       Should implementation of the Common Core be delayed?

There will be a public hearing at the Capitol in Hartford at noon today to allow people to weigh on the implementation of the Common Core in Connecticut.

The Common Core is a new computer-based testing standard that is officially being launched here in Connecticut in the next school year, and school districts are scrambling to prepare for this new teaching method.

44 states have already adopted the Common Core plan which focuses on reading and mathematics.

The staff at 4D is following this issue because children who are currently struggling with mathematics or reading may have undiagnosed visual issues that will make it difficult for them to take computer-based examinations.  Children who struggle in school may have a learning difficulty that is due to a vision problem that goes undetected by standard vision tests.  These children will need help before taking the Common Core tests.

Over 120 people are already signed up to speak out against the implementation of this new testing standard.  Some say that schools are not ready for the roll out and others want to do away with the new standard before it starts.

State law makers are considering delaying implementation to give administrators the time they need to get ready for the Common Core and to give legislators time to address growing concerns that this controversial curriculum keeps students from learning at their own pace.

You can play a role by weighing in on this issue today at the Capitol.

Read More:  Dr. Collier on the Common Core

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3/1/14       Brain Injury Awareness Month: College of Optometrists in Vision Development Focuses on Help for Double Vision

Read more here:  Brain Injury Awareness Month

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1/27/14        Please sign this petition ASAP.  It is spearheaded by Helen Spencer, a tireless advocate for children's vision.  

This petition is about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which includes vision care for children.

We believe 25% of our children and likely more struggle to read because their eyes are not working well together and the struggle to maintain focus makes concentration and memory problematic.  

Signing this petition will bring us a step closer to assuring that vision care is truly comprehensive and includes detection and treatment for binocular vision problems, attention to how long and well a child can focus on the printed work in every state.

All states should check children well before they start school and definitely by the time they are in the third grade and every other year thereafter. This is a big year for National implementation of the ACA and state initiatives like this one, which should be paying attention to binocular vision problems of children and youth.

Will you sign this petition? Click here: 

Comprehensive Eye Exam for Children

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1/4/14        This article explains how the standard eye test does not detect a wide range of other vision issues that can result in a learning problem.

So, be sure to schedule a functional vision evaluation today --> 860-632-UC4D

Standard Eye Tests Miss Vision Problems

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1/2/14      Here is a very informative presentation by Dr. Maino about treatment of Strabismus.

Vision Therapy and Strabismus

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12/28/13   Check out these Vision Therapy Success Stories on Pinterest. 

Vision Therapy Success Stories

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12/14/13  Sports Enhancement - Vision Therapy has shown to directly improve an athlete's performance on the court or field through:

Vision Therapy for Sports Enhancement

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12/4/13   CKNW Orphan's Fund in Canada: Helps 8-Year Old Get Vision Therapy

The family of this 8-year old couldn't afford the full Vision Therapy program prescribed and this fund paid for 4 months of therapy.

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11/22/13  Behavioral and Emotional Problems Associated With Convergence Insufficiency in Children: An Open Trial.

Abstract

Objective: This study investigated behavioral and emotional characteristics of children with convergence insufficiency (CI), before and after treatment with office-based vergence accommodative therapy (OBVAT).

Method: Parents of 44 children ages 9 to 17 years with symptomatic CI completed the Conners 3 ADHD Index and the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) before and after OBVAT. Pre-treatment scores were compared with normative data and post-treatment scores were compared with baseline using the Wilcoxon sign rank test. Results: Following OBVAT, CI children showed a significant mean improvement (p < .0001, effect size of 0.58) on the Conners 3 ADHD Index with the largest changes occurring in the 23 children who scored the highest at baseline. On the CBCL, anxious/depressed, somatic, and internalizing problems improved significantly (p < .001, effect sizes of -0.36, -1.15, and -0.67, respectively).

Conclusion: In an open trial, attention and internalizing problems improved significantly following treatment for CI. (J. of Att. Dis. XXXX; XX(X) XX-XX).

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11/20/13  Vision Therapy can help adults who don't even realize they have any problems with their visual skills.

"I wish I would have known about Vision Therapy in high-school or even college. It would have saved me from numerous unnecessary moments of frustration." A. Mackrill   Check out this article to learn more.

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11/11/13  Dr. Collier was featured in a press release entitled "Behavioral Optometrist and Founder of 4D Vision Gym Introduces Cure for the 'Common Core," With Connecticut's New Testing In Effect, Dr. Juanita Collier Contends That Some Children May Need Vision Training To Excel Academically.  Read the press release here.

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10/3/13  20/20 vision is not the same thing as perfect vision. Children and adults with 20/20 vision may not actually process what they see correctly. Vision Therapy can significantly help people with this issue. Read this article to learn more:

20/20 is Not Perfect Vision

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10/1/13  This is Learning Disability Awareness Month!

The COVD recently posted an article about how some "Vision Problems Mistaken for Learning Disabilities".  Learn more here:

Learning Disability Awareness Month

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9/27/13   This video on WebMD explains the use of planks and trampolines at our offices at 4D Vision Gym. Check it out.

Vision Therapy on WebMD

 

Please note:  In-office therapy under the direction of a behavioral optometrist using prisms, filters and lenses, as used with our patients, is far more effective than home-based therapy.

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