LOOK OUT FOR YOUR EYES

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....

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SENSORY INTEGRATION IMPORTANT FOR BALANCE

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.

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VISION THERAPY AND ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY

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-related hits or a car accident, as well as cerebral or vascular strokes. An ABI can affect both neurological pathways in the eye, the focal or parvocellular pathway, which....

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they see. With visual therapy, children can learn how to point the eyes together and keep the single vision they produce. They will develop the neurocognitive and visual cognitive skills that are necessary for reading and learning. As they practice and receive proper feedback, their subconscious visual skills improve. The program offered at Family Eyecare Associates usually lasts 30 weeks and incorporates various activities that are specifically designed to help with understanding numbers, letters and shapes. But the results are impressive: Parents often see a three-year jump on their child’s standardized scores and tests. And the child begins to enjoy reading.


For more information about vision problems that can undermine your child’s ability to learn, check out the videos at: http://vild.info/about.html. Then call for a consultation with Family Eyecare Associates to have your child’s vision checked.

VISION PROBLEMS CAN LEAD TO CLASSROOM PROBLEMS

What are some signs parents can look for that will let them know their child needs to have a comprehensive eye exam? Here are a few cues:



When conducting a compre- hensive eye exam, the vision therapist will watch the child read to see how efficiently the eyes work together. Does the child miss words? Does she re- verse letters, seeing a “b” as a “d”? Optometric vision therapy can help children overcome obstacles such as convergence insufficiency disorder, a condition in which the eyes are unable to converge and sustain what

DR. RICK GRAEBE

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.

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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-related learning difficulties.


More than 80 percent of learning is visual. In school, a child constantly has to look from his or her desk or book to the board and back. This involves the necessary visual skills of pointing and tracking. The eyes must work together to focus and send the visual cues to the brain. Good vision is vital to developing reading and writing skills. Children with poor vision often find it hard to focus on their work. Common vision problems often go undiagnosed – many of them are not obvious – and the frustration, trouble and actual discomfort some children encounter in school can lead to less than desirable behavior.


Children won’t tell you they can’t see because they don’t know they can’t see. They don’t know what normal vision is. Fewer than 15 percent of children have had their eyes examined. But to diagnose problems that affect learning takes more than the standard test that generally includes reading an eye chart to discern 20/20 vision. Vision is much more than just seeing clearly. It is an incredibly complex system. It takes a comprehensive eye exam to measure a child’s ability to track and point his or her eyes.