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Eye Care Info

Optometric Vision Therapy - An individualized program designed to improve visual function and performance. It is useful in treating the following:

-Ocular motility dysfunction (eye movement disorders)
-Vergence dysfunction (inefficiency in using both eyes together)
-Strabismus (eye turns)
-Amblyopia (lazy eye)
-Accommodative disorders (focusing problems)
-Visual information processing disorders
-Visual sensory and motor integration
-Visual rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury

The American Optometric Association states 35-40% of all children with learning disabilities have visual problems.

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Anatomy of the Eye

Dry eye - a condition in which a person does not have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.

Diabetic Retinopathy - over time, diabetes damages the blood vessels in the retina. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when these tiny blood vessels leak blood and other fluids. This causes the retinal tissue to swell, resulting in cloudy or blurred vision. The longer a person has diabetes, the more likely they will develop diabetic retinopathy. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness.

Glaucoma - the second-leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It most often occurs in people over age 40. People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans over the age of 40 and Hispanics over the age of 60 have an increased risk of developing glaucoma. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to significant vision loss in both eyes, and may even lead to blindness.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) - the leading cause of severe vision loss in adults over age 50. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.8 million people have AMD and another 7.3 million are at substantial risk for vision loss from AMD.

Image of optic nerve

InfantSee - This service offers early detection of potential visual problems. It is a no-cost visual assessment for infants 6-12 months of age.

Acquired Brain Injury/Concussions - Can be caused from an external traumatic injury such as a motor vehicle or bicycle accident, a fall, an assault, contact sports (concussion), or neuro-surgery. It can also result from an internal cause such as a stroke, an aneurysm, a brain tumor, a viral infection or inflammation such as meningitis, a vestibular dysfunction such as Ménière’s disease, or any post-surgical complications leading to an anoxic or hypoxic event in the brain. Regardless of the cause, brain injuries can cause difficulties with visual acuity, eye movements, eye focusing, vergence ability, visual processing, and visual field defects.