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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice. The items are displayed by year and month. To view older entries use the links in the box below to select the year and month you would like.

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Vision Therapy is for Adults, too!

"I have been cross-eyed since early infancy and had three surgeries as a child that made my eyes look more or less straight.  However, I did not develop stereo vision until age 48 when I underwent optometric vision therapy under the guidance of a developmental optometrist." -- Sue Barry, PhD, author...

School Days!

School is in session! Many families have made their stop at the store to search of school supplies, but do you know the one “supply” that your child may be missing?  An efficient visual system!   85% of everything learned in the classroom comes through visual pathways! If we rely on...

Outside Summer Fun Activities

Outdoor play has immense importance in developing children. Not only has it been linked with less nearsightedness, but the benefit of exploring and interacting with the environment is essential to the brain being able to make sense of all of the sensory information that it is receiving at once. Of...

RightEye diagnostic testing is now available at Sightworks

Poor coordination of the eye movements can indicate less than optimal visual performance and affect function during leaning. By measuring and analyzing these patterns of eye movements, doctors can identify and offer treatment to correct a host of vision issues, as well as, increase visual performance. Remember: vision is not the same as eyesight. A person with 20/20 eyesight may still exhibit weak eye coordination

Sensory Processing and Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)

A basic explanation of “sensory processing” (also referred to as “sensory integration”) is this — the brain’s ability to understand sensory information coming from all parts of the body in order to be able to use it. The human body takes in sensory input from several different sensory systems. The brain then...

A Functional Vision Problem Can’t Be Detected by Typical Vision Screening

1 in 4 children has an undetected vision problem that affects their ability to learn. They’re “undetected” because typical school vision screenings only screen for acuity, or seeing clearly. They don’t test such skills as eye teaming, tracking, focusing and visualization. How does Vision Therapy work? Using optical devices, patients...

Syntonics: Optometric Phototherapy

Syntonics or optometric phototherapy is a branch of ocular science that deals with selected light frequencies viewed through your eyes.

Games and activities that will help develop basic skills!

Merry Christmas! Here is a list of favorite games and activities that will help develop basic skills for: visual processing, fine-motor, eye-hand coordination and much more. Top 10 Toys/Games for 2018: Rainbow Loom Qbitz Blokus Rush Hour Swish Blink Set Tangoes Kendama Spot It Other Great Games (by visual skill...

What is “Myopia Control?”

Myopia or nearsightedness is a refractive condition where the light entering the back of the eye is focused in front of the retina. When this happens, targets seen at a distance (across the room) appear blurred. Treatment includes minus lenses or contact lenses to shift the focus of the light...

Vision Therapy Myths

Vision therapy is too expensive. Like all services, each family needs to decide if whatever service provided is worth the cost of their time and money. Tutoring can be a much “needed” service, but if the problem with learning is due to a deficit in a visual skill, tutoring is...

How can light affect me and my family??

Are you one of those individuals that feel jittery, fragmented or irritable under certain lighting? In sensitive individuals, certain lights can trigger nervous system events like migraines, tics, or seizures. Some people simply feel uncomfortable. This discomfort could be due to fluorescent bulb (tubes or CFLs) emitting a “flicker.” Or...

Patching is in the past!

Clinical research in neuroscience is advancing the understanding of brain plasticity at any age. We now know that it is never too late (assuming there is no eye or brain disease) to improve a patient's binocular system to provide comfortable vision.

Will I have a headache for the rest of my life?

Headaches, double vision, light sensitivity and dizziness are all visual related symptoms that can be a result of a concussion.

Virtual Reality for Vision Therapy

Working hard can be fun! At Sightwork, we are now adding virtual reality therapy to our activities. The VividVision virtual reality system uses interactive test and therapies to improve the visual function of patients with binocular vision problems including strabismus, amblyopia and convergence insufficiency.

Can you read this paragraph?

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Left Brain Development

Did you know that the right side of the brain develops before the left side?

The Power of Vision

Please see our Facebook post or copy the link for a fascinating short video demonstrating how powerful your vision is at the brain level (

Computer Eyestrain in School

Computer use in schools has increased and depending on the facility, the children work on computers for most of the day.

Head Injury, OH MY!!

In 2012, an estimated 329,290 children (age 19 or younger) were treated in the emergency room in the U.S. for sports or play injuries that were given a diagnosis of concussion. Important diagnosis is critical for proper treatment.

Blue Light and your Visual System

Many people are familiar with UV light and the damage it can cause to your skin. There is tons of media discussion regarding blue light, so we hope clear up any questions. Of interest, is the many types of light (some visible and some invisible) that your eyes are exposed to. Each color or wavelength has correlating energy and each energy has different effects on the eye and the body.

Our eardrums move???

We know that the visual system is dominant in looking and searching actions. Putting together vision and hearing information has just been shown to work in synchrony for the assumed task of allowing the brain to localize and understand an object.

What does my infant see?

Many parents wonder what their infant is able to see and how they should assist in the development of their child’s vision. During the first year of life, your baby is experiencing rapid growth, physically, cognitively and emotionally. Being that vision is the least developed sense at birth, a lot happens during the first 12 months.

Gross motor play is so much more than letting out energy!

Movement is at the very core of how children develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and of course, physically. The most powerful tool for fostering the growth and development of neural connections in your child’s brain is physical movement.

It is too costly NOT to do Vision Therapy!  

The number one question we are asked is “Will my insurance cover vision therapy?”  Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not and this is left to the families to pay out of pocket.  Many families are concerned that vision therapy is outside their budget or too expensive per each session.

Shouldn’t We Patch a “Lazy Eye?”

Amblyopia or “lazy eye” is the most preventable cause of vision loss in children. This type of vision loss is usually in one eye, but can occasionally be bilateral. It is present in 2 out of 100 healthy children.

Surgery or Therapy?

Many parents say that their ophthalmologist or pediatrician did not recommend vision therapy. The parent has been told by the other provider that vision therapy does not work. For a parent that does not want surgery for their child's eye turn and wants an alternative treatment, this can be confusing.

 A Link between learning and farsightedness

A recent study shows that children with farsightedness may have other characteristics that affect learning. Between 4 and 14 percent of preschoolers have moderate farsightedness, which is difficulty seeing things that are close to you.

New information regarding Dyslexia

According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is a "language-based learning disability that refers to a cluster of symptoms that result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading.”

Glasses or Something Else?

“My child will not wear their glasses,” and “We have always gone to the eye doctor, but they said everything was ok.”

Too many therapies….not enough time!

Roughly 80% of what students learn is visual, so our vision therapy clinic is vital to improving outcomes of learning problems. We also find that in some children, there are other issues that may prevent effective functioning in the classroom to take place. If your child has been diagnosed with...

Brain Injuries and Vision.

Brain injuries can have significant lingering visual effects that limit the patient’s quality of life. The injury can be from trauma (motor vehicle or sports related concussion), a stroke, brain infections or aneurysms.

Diagnosis of a “lazy eye.” Now what??

For parents who have just received a diagnosis or suspect that their child has amblyopia,  often known as a lazy eye, there’s generally a sense of panic.

Prevention is better than the cure!

At the beginning of my career as an eye doctor, I was fortunate enough to see the majority of the children in our private practice. Once I started examining a large number of children, I realized that binocular vision problems are present! I was amazed at the frequency and variety...

Autism: The World From A Different Perspective

Our vision therapy clinic has the pleasure of working with children of varying ages that have autism spectrum disorder. Multiple therapies are often offered to these families, so let’s review vision therapy a little more specifically. Observing a child’s behavior will often tell you how they are functioning, so behaviors...

Comprehensive Exam vs. Binocular Vision Exam

We have talked about the fact that children can have 20/20 (perfect) eyesight, yet still struggle with academics due to a visual issue. What is this about? Where should I go to have my child examined?

Summer Fun!

Summer is a fun time to enjoy a variety of sports. At Sightwork, we have the pleasure to work with athletes on several different levels. Sharpening athletic skills by improving visual performance and rehabilitation following a brain injury are two of the ways we can help athletics. Brain injuries and...

Improved Academics and Beyond

At our vision therapy clinic, we have important goals for our patients:

Successful learning comes from an efficient visual system!

In the classroom, eighty percent of our learning comes from our visual system. Many people think of vision being solely 20/20, but the clarity that we see is only a part of the road to successful learning. Reading alone requires many fundamental visual skills. The two eyes need to be...

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care...