Your Child’s First Eye Exam

Your Child’s First Eye Exam

Parents may be curious about whether their child has a vision problem or when the first eye examination should be scheduled. Eye exams for children are extremely important. According to experts, 5 percent to 10 percent of pre-schoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial. If left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss. Continue reading

Vision Problems Following a Traumatic Brain Injury

Vision Problems Following a Traumatic Brain Injury

Have you ever hit your head as a result of a sports injury, fall, car accident, or other type of activity and just “didn’t feel right” afterwards? Even though you may have returned to your normal activities after a few days, some symptoms such as headaches, sensitivity to certain noises, difficulty concentrating and remembering things, and troubles with your eyes and vision can persist. Does this sound familiar? Continue reading

Yoga and the Eye

Yoga and the Eye

USA Today has reported that the ancient practice of yoga is now a growth industry. A survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that nearly 10% of adults and 3% of children participated in yoga in 2012, nearly double that of a decade earlier. The major factor is accessibility with virtually every gym having yoga classes, new yoga studios, YouTube videos, and Groupon deals. In fact, prenatal yoga is often recommended during the pregnancy to ease stretching pains and to make delivery a bit easier. Continue reading

What is “Lazy Eye” and How Do I Prevent It?

What is “Lazy Eye” and How Do I Prevent It?

Many people have heard of a “lazy eye”, but aren’t exactly sure what it is, how to avoid it or how to get rid of it. The medical term for a “lazy eye” is amblyopia, which refers to a person who has reduced vision in one eye that is not associated with eye damage or disease. Amblyopia occurs during childhood and is usually due to either an eye that turns in or out (also known as strabismus), or a person who has a very strong glasses prescription in one eye only. While amblyopia is preventable, it is also the most common visual impairment among children and occurs in ~2% of the population¹. The most significant word of that previous sentence is preventable. So what can you do? Continue reading