Neuro-optometric Rehabilitaion

Neuro-optometric rehabilitation is using optometry or treatment done to the eyes to help patients with cognitive disabilities. A persons dominant sense is vision and it is important to optimize the sight of a patient in order to understand and see the world around them. In order for objects to be seen and understood, gaze, attention, motivation, eye tracking, and visual processing done by the brain all come into play. Because posture, spatial awareness, motor output, memory, cognition, and behavior are integrated into the visual system, problems in any of these areas can effect daily activities and quality of life. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation is used to help, but not limited to, traumatic brain injuries. These traumatic brain injuries can include car accidents, work accidents, TBI, and/or stroke. To treat this, sensory motor evaluations, visual perceptual skills testing, and a variety of other tests may be administered. The course of action is based on the brain plasticity that will resolve the symptoms and improve its function. Patients often are not diagnosed properly or treated correctly even when they may be suffering from vision-related symptoms. Knowing there is an explanation and a path forward through the help of neuro-optometric rehabilitation can be transformative.


Limit Screen Time

Are you or your kids always on your devices? Myopia is on the rise! Myopia is more commonly known as nearsightedness and increases with the more you use your devices. Don’t let it overcome you or your child. A great way to combat the onset of myopia is to go outside and give your device a break. Your eyes need time away from devices (phones, tablets, computers, televisions) to stay healthy. Our exams include a free screening of the risk factors that contribute to myopia. Give us a call at (714) 961-2020 to schedule an appointment today! Click on the link below to find out more about myopia and myopia control.

Are You Colorblind?


What colors do you see in the picture above? To people with red-green colorblindness, the colors on the left and right sides mirror each other. Red-green colorblindness is common and results in red, green, and orange looking like muddy shades of yellow and purple that looks bluish. About 1 in every 20 people has it. We can see color thanks to the receptors at the back of our eye that pick up light. The typical eye uses three kinds of light sensors, each detecting different hues. Colorblindness could be caused by a missing set of receptors or out of tune ones. Colorblindness can result in off-limit jobs or activities. Researchers have recently created glasses to help with this problem. Maybe one day a lack of color vision won’t be an issue at all.

ADHD and Screen Time

Screen use is an epidemic causing a rise in nearsightedness in both children and adults. Patients with ADHD have a harder time managing the time spent on devices which in turn leads to visual symptoms corrected only by glasses. Outdoor activity can reduce the chances of developing eye problems. Take a look at the flyer below for more tips to help reduce the use of electronic devices. Provided by the Understood Team at

Scoring Better on the SATs

Is your child not doing well on standardized testing? It may not be their fault – a new study was released explaining that your child may be scoring lower because of difficulty answering a multiple choice bubble sheet.
In this study, the time taken to complete a multiple-choice answer form by children with amblyopia and strabismus was assessed to determine their fine-motor skills. A total of 47 children with amblyopic strabismus, anisometropia, or both, 18 children with non-amblyopic strabismus, and 20 normal controls were enrolled between May 2014 and November 2017. Compared with the control group, children with amblyopia and strabismus took significantly longer transferring provided correct answers to the multiple-choice form.
The authors attributed this to fine-motor deficits and stressed that performance on standardized tests could be affected.
The good news is that both conditions can be diagnosed and treated at all ages from an infant to senior adults by Vision Therapy.
Dr. Marran, a developmental optometrist, specializes in diagnosing and treating vision problems beyond just needing glasses. She screens for these problems in a standard vision exam for which all children are covered by some form of insurance. Give our office a call so we can schedule your child for a comprehensive eye exam. School screenings do not screen for these problems and often even miss the need for glasses. Call (714) 961-2020 or visit our website at to set an appointment and get more information.

How vision impacts reading, learning and attention through the eyes of an educational specialist

Behavioral optometry can treat what appears to be learning disorders.

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When a child struggles to read it can be very frustrating, not just for the child but for the parents and the teachers.  No parent wants to see their child having trouble with something as important as reading. The same is true for teachers. In many school systems, teachers are now expected to have their students reach certain reading standards and if they don’t, that child may be faced with repeating a grade level.

Meet Wendy Rosen,  a former classroom teacher and educational consultant and author of the new book: The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning, Why Millions of Learning Disabled Children are MisdiagnosedIn this 6 minute VisionHelp interview, which premiered at the 2017 COVD Annual Meeting, Wendy gives an explanation for why so many children struggle with vision-based learning problems and how to find help they need.

Dan L. Fortenbacher, O.D., FCOVD

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Miss Alabama Wins Quality of Life Award for Children’s Vision Initiatives

Vision Therapy and the Importance of Comprehensive Eye Exams not School Screenings!
Don’t let your child fail because you don’t know his vision is the problem

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Out of 52 contestants, Hayley Barber, Miss Alabama 2016, was named the winner of Miss America’s Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award during the second night of preliminaries in Atlantic City. Barber’s platform “Sight for Small Eyes,” encourages eye examinations for young children and raises funds to provide vision therapy for children with low vision through Sight Savers America, a non-profit in Pelham.  Her main goal is to get legislation passed that would require comprehensive eye examinations before entering school.

Barber took a year off of her studies as a UAB undergraduate to fulfill her duties as Miss Alabama. She plans to continue her formal education in graduate school for Optometry after her year is completed. Eventually, she wants to open her own private pediatric optometry practice.

Part of her optometry education will be funded by Miss America STEM Scholarship Award. The award is presented to Miss America contestants with…

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Homework without Tears: Hannah’s Story

At Yorba Linda Optometry and Beyond Dr. Marran provides a FREE SCREENING for Vision Problem that can interfere with learning. Going Beyond whether a child has 20/20 eye sight, Dr. Marran tests the Visual System for eye teaming, eye tracking, eye focusing weaknesses


Hannah once excelled in all things learning-related. Through first grade, she was academically and socially talented, and her parents Scot and Mandy got nothing but good feedback from her teachers.

But when the next school year started, so did Hannah’s struggles, culminating in a significant drop in her grades in the 3rd grade. Homework that should have taken her an hour or less started taking two or three, usually accompanied by temper tantrums and tears. “I can’t tell you how many tear-stained assignments she turned in,” her parents recall, “We tried tutors and after-school programs for her over the next year or so but did not see a significant improvement.”

Luckily for the family, Hannah’s grandmother is a learning disabilities teacher and knew exactly how to recognize struggles in school. While she watched Hannah read, she noticed that her eyes were not moving in straight lines (tracking) across…

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Age-Related Lenticular Degeneration Revisited – Part 1


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The notion of AMD, or age-related macular degeneration, is commonplace.  It is a consequence of aging and represents a vexing degenerative process because it is so challenging to treat.  The crystalline lens of the eye doesn’t garner as much attention in aging because cataract surgery and implantation with IOLs has become so commonplace, and in most cases so successful.  Cataract is best conceived as lenticular degeneration, what I’ve previously proposed to call ALD and the anterior counterpart of AMD.

The Gulden Ophthalmics cataract (ALD) model is an effective chairside communication aid that models what happens to the crystalline lens in various types of cataract.  We reassure patients that cataract is not a growth, but a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye.  And when that cloudy lens interferes with visual function, the surgeon will extract the old lens and implant a new one.  Out with the old and in…

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How Scary are Halloween Contact Lenses? Get the Facts before making a big mistake.

Last year I was shopping with my daughter in a Halloween costume shop when one of the sales clerks was really scared!  Turns out he could not remove his Halloween Contact Lenses that had been in his eyes for days- He had bought them online. This naive young man was at risk of a cornea ulcer and losing his vision …all in the spirit of fun. Check out this FDA released video about your risks and the illegality of online contact lens sales