Discovering Vision Therapy Blog

2018 Gift List: 129 Vision-Friendly, Age-Appropriate Toys

To help parents pick out the toys that will enhance a child’s visual development, we’re offering up our 2018 list of 129 optometrist-approved children’s toys!  This year we’ve labeled the toys with age-appropriate designations.

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Topics: Vision Friendly Gift List, Developmental Optometrist

Why School Problems Can Occur With Kids Who Never Had Problems Before

Kids can experience school problems for a variety of reasons.  But beyond things like a learning disability or stress at home, one surprising issue can affect kids who’ve never struggled in school before:  A functional vision problem.

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Topics: Vision and Learning

What Dogs Can Teach Us About Vision Testing in Infants and Children


Do dogs need to get their vision tested?  Prisca did. Her testing not only revealed a functional vision problem, but also serves as an example of how we can find similar undetected issues in infants and children.

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Topics: Functional Vision Test

Psychologist Says Testing for Vision Problems Could Prevent Unnecessary Treatments and Medications

Identifying the problem is the first step to treating a child or an adult who is struggling at school or work. Testing is critical, and in cases related to functional vision problems, it could prevent the need for unnecessary treatments and/or medications.

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Photophobia: A Surprising Reason Why You’re Experiencing Light Sensitivity

 

Photophobia is a condition in which your visual system is extremely sensitive to light.  Beyond the expected causes, such as pathologies and brain injuries, functional vision problems can also cause light sensitivity.

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Topics: Symptoms of Functional Vision Problems

The Madison Reading Project: Improving Children’s Literacy in Wisconsin One Book at a Time

 

Vision therapy helps children read to their full potential.  But even with their reading abilities improved, many lack simple access to books.  The Madison Reading Project is working to ensure that when kids are ready to read, there is a book waiting for them.

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Topics: Madison Reading Project

The Surprising Reason Why You Suffer From Motion Sickness

 

Motion sickness is both an unpleasant and a misunderstood condition. Many people who experience it don’t know why the body reacts the way it does, or that its root cause may actually be a functional vision problem.

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Topics: Visual Skills, Functional Vision Problems, Symptoms of Functional Vision Problems

39 Tips on How to Limit Screen Time During Screen-Free Week and Beyond

 

Excessive screen time poses a legitimate threat to a child’s visual health, school performance, and overall behavior. That’s why figuring out how to limit screen time is so important. Check out our 39 tips to make it happen as we promote Screen-Free Week 2018.

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Topics: Screen-Free Week

Why Do My Eyes Hurt?

“Why do my eyes hurt?” It’s a question we’re asked time and time again. The cause for eye pain can be attributed to a number of different reasons, but one that often goes undetected is a functional vision problem.

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Topics: Functional Vision Problems

Strabismus vs Amblyopia: The Difference Between Crossed Eye and Lazy Eye

Understanding the difference between strabismus and amblyopia can be confusing, as the two functional vision problems share some similar characteristics.  We produced a side-by-side comparison, including what to do if you think you’re suffering from either issue (or both)!

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Topics: Strabismus (Crossed Eyes), Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)