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.

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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. https://visionhelp.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/the-boss-of-myopia/

Are You Colorblind?

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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 understood.org

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 yloptometry.com to set an appointment and get more information.