As you begin making your resolution to be healthier this new year, don’t leave out two of the most important parts of your body: your eyes. With the demands that are put on our eyes every day, it is essential to take care of them and even exercise them to strengthen them and possibly improve your vision. In the past, people were hunters, farmers and gatherers. They were used to looking over far distances to seek prey and other possible sources of food. But now we live in a 2D world, where....
What happened the last time you went on the Mad Tea Party ride at DisneyWorld? Did you enjoy yourself initially, but as the ride went on, did you start to feel sick and disoriented? When you closed your eyes, however, you probably felt much better. And you were immensely glad when the ride ended and you could get your bearings again.
The eye is amazing. Did you know more than 1.9 million fibers come from the eye into the brain? Each of those fibers creates its own pathway to the brain and has its own distinct function. So when someone has a stroke or other acquired brain injury (ABI), vision is often affected. ABIs include concussions suffered in severe sports-
If you are coming in to your 40s, you may be noticing that your eyesight is changing. You have to strain a little to read, holding the book or newspaper farther away, or you find you need to wear bifocals. You may even notice a bit of clouding of the lens of your eyes. What is going on? Your eyes, like many other parts of the body, are showing signs of aging. The Crystalline lens in your eye is becoming less flexible. This makes it more difficult for the lens to adjust and focus when you look from far to near.
The American Optometric Association recommends preschool children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of 6 months, 3 years and 5 years. It is particularly important a child have a complete evaluation in the summer prior to entry into kindergarten. Kentucky was the first state to make a law that says you have to have an exam by a optometrist or ophthalmologist the first time you enter Kentucky public schools. The main thing is to make sure children are seeing the black/ whiteboard.
Vision involves over 70% of the neural pathways of the brain. Vision is more than eye sight. Vision is the only body system that continues to develop after birth. Vision involves the way the eyes and brain interact. It takes approximately three years for the eyes to learn how to work together. When they do not, it can result in the eyes turning in (esotropia) or out (exotropia), crossed eyes (strabismus) or lazy eye (amblyopia). To correct these problems, the brain must learn how to use the eyes together.....
It may surprise you to learn eyesight and autism spectrum disorders have a connection.
One of the major symptoms of autism is a lack of eye contact. Few people with autism have trouble with their eyesight. The problem is with the person’s ambient visual system. The ambient system is concerned with things going on around us in the background.
Visual efficiency is more than 20/20 vision, and there is much more to reading problems than dyslexia or ADHD. bout 85 percent of schooling is visual-
It is interesting to note how eyesight has evolved. The vision system used to be more about looking far afield for what could be hunted and eaten – and what could hunt and eat us. These days, people are spending more time with their gazes fixed on their computer or TV screens or cell phones. There are certain physical dynamics to this everyday phenomenon. There is a lens inside the eye that flexes and focuses, so when we look at things up close, that lens has to work extra hard.
Family Eyecare Associates (FEA) in Versailles works with people of all ages and situations, from seniors with balance difficulties to children with learning-
Behavioral optometry starts with the concept that vision is learned. When we’re born, we don’t know how to use our arms, legs and hands. We also don’t know how to use our eyes. We have to learn how to integrate them with the rest of our body. The brain must process what the eyes are seeing, and then it has to integrate that information with the other senses. From a behavioral standpoint, seeing requires a more holistic approach, getting all the senses to work together.
Is your child or grandchild having problems in school? Do you frequently receive notes from his or her teacher about misbehavior or attention problems? It may surprise you to realize the child’s difficulties are the result of vision-
Age takes its toll on all parts of the body, even the eyes. While conditions such as glaucoma are not necessarily inevitable as we get older, they are still possibilities that can change the way we see. It always pay to practice foresight – it just may save your eyesight. Glaucoma is a rather complex disease. Simply put, it occurs when fluid pressure builds up in your eyes. Approximately two and a half quarts of fluid, called aqueous humor, pumps through the eyes every day, providing....
When you were first diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia), did you resign yourself to wearing eyeglasses for the rest of your life, thinking nothing else could be done to improve your eyesight? Many innovations have been made in the treatment of myopia over the years. Most people are familiar with LASIK or refractive surgery, but a viable alternative you may not have heard of is orthokeratology.
Presbyopia is a natural consequence of aging. In Greek, the word means “old eye.” Presbyopia usually first manifests when you are in your 40s. You may notice it’s getting harder to see things close up, but you can see things that are far away without any problem. You may have to hold reading material at arm’s length because it looks blurry when you try to read at a normal distance. Doing close work may cause headaches or fatigue.
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With bifocals, the top part corrects for distance vision and the lower part helps you see objects up close. Contact lens wearers can get a pair with monovision: One eye will have a distance prescription and the other will have a prescription for near vision. Multifocal contact lenses are another option for getting ahead of presbyopia. There are some surgical options as well. Discuss with your ophthalmologist which choice would be best for you.
While not painful or dangerous or debilitating, presbyopia does cause some loss of sensory input, since less light hits the back of your eyes and you don’t see as well. Because of this, you may have an increased risk of falling or tripping. Visual therapy can help you improve your reaction and response time by honing your speed and accuracy. Vision is all about recognizing and responding. When your recognition and response is accurate and quick, you won’t have as many falls and tumbles. A recent study at the University of Cincinnati demonstrated that college athletes who participate in vision therapy have a statistically significant reduction in concussions. One visual therapy exercise taught at Family Eyecare Associates incorporates eye-
Dr. Graebe received both his B.S degree in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. He is a Behavioral Optometrist and learning expert. He has been in private practice here in the Bluegrass area for the past 32 years.
Presbyopia is a natural consequence of aging. In Greek, the word means “old eye.” Presbyopia usually first manifests when you are in your 40s. You may notice it’s getting harder to see things close up, but you can see things that are far away without any problem. You may have to hold reading material at arm’s length because it looks blurry when you try to read at a normal distance. Doing close work may cause headaches or fatigue. You may find you need more light to read or work by, and you may have a little more trouble driving at night because of glare.
Presbyopia happens when the natural lens in the eye loses flexibility and begins to stiffen. It makes the lens less able to change shape so you can focus when looking at something up close. As the lens grows thicker and less elastic, it becomes more yellowed and light can’t pass through as easily as it previously did. About 30 percent less light gets back to the eye that is developing presbyopia.
A basic eye exam will confirm you have presbyopia. (This is one reason why you should have regular comprehensive eye exams even as you get older.) While it can’t be reversed, cured or avoided, presbyopia is easy to correct. It’s as simple as picking up a pair of over-