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August 8, 2023
The capacity to use both eyes as a team is essential for many tasks, such as reading, writing, and driving. It is crucial for academic success. While this is so, many youngsters experience issues with their binocular vision. This may affect their ability to study and do well in school. Vision therapy is an efficient technique for dealing with these problems. It can help enhance academic results.
July 27, 2023
Binocular vision dysfunction impairs how well the eyes work together. The symptoms of BVD can negatively influence a person's quality of life. People with BVD can learn to control their symptoms and enhance functioning. This requires the correct coping mechanisms and support. The symptoms of BVD resemble those of other eye disorders. These include nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. This makes the illness prone to misdiagnosis or going unnoticed. BVD is not always correctable with prescription lenses or surgery.
July 23, 2023
Crossed eyes, or strabismus, is a condition that alters the eyes' alignment. When the muscles that control eye movement do not coordinate properly, the eyes point in different directions. Strabismus can cause further concerns, including visual issues, if not corrected.
July 17, 2023
Vision development in infants and toddlers is crucial to their overall growth and development. Human vision continues to develop throughout the first few years of life. By age two, a toddler’s vision should be almost as developed as an adult's. Ensuring the vision of infants and toddlers develops properly is a crucial part of that. Here are milestones, red flags, and early intervention strategies.
July 7, 2023
It’s almost impossible to perform tasks without good vision. Poor vision can negatively impact an individual's quality of life. In children, poor vision will make them struggle to learn as they grow. Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is one of the most common vision issues that affect children. Identifying it in the early stages is essential for sustaining eyesight.
April 10, 2023
Concussions are serious injuries and about 90 percent of the time, people suffer from vision problems after sustaining one. A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury that sometimes presents persistent symptoms. The vision impairment symptoms that persist are collectively called post-trauma vision syndrome (PTVS).
March 29, 2023
Generally, dizziness is not a problem to ignore. It is a symptom that can stem from many different health conditions, ranging from a cardiac or neurological issue to a vision or inner ear disorder. Depending on the root of the problem, people do not experience dizziness the same way. Usually, dizziness resulting from binocular vision dysfunction does not cause the feeling that the room is spinning. Instead, you may feel unbalanced, and a headache may accompany your dizziness. A comprehensive functional eye exam is necessary to determine whether you have BVD.
March 24, 2023
According to a survey by the American Optometric Association, about 25 percent of children in school have vision problems. These are staggering numbers because we know children learn most through observation. All these children have a poorer academic life than their counterparts.
March 17, 2023
Dyslexia is a complicated condition affecting how the brain interprets and processes information. It can impact the patient’s writing and reading skills. It can also cause hardships with their concentration in loud environments and prioritizing. This is also true for organizational abilities and planning. For this reason, dyslexic patients often experience various academic challenges.
February 7, 2023
Did you know that a basic vision screening can miss up to one-third of children with a vision or eye disorder? Untreated and undetected eye disorders like strabismus and amblyopia can become learning barriers. They result in poor reading habits and dismal outcomes in school. A comprehensive eye exam by an eye doctor can help identify these conditions early.
February 1, 2023
Lazy eye or amblyopia is a neuro-developmental eye condition that starts early in life. It may also occur due to an injury to the brain or a neurological condition. Amblyopia causes minimized eyesight in one eye despite having prescription eyewear.
January 27, 2023
Dyslexia is a learning condition that affects the areas of the brain in control of information processing. It limits the ability to identify speech sounds, understand letters, and how sounds relate to words and letters. It leads to learning difficulties because it affects a child’s ability to spell, read, and write.
January 3, 2023
People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder tend to experience a similar set of vision problems. The shared vision problems, in this case, include convergence insufficiency, oculomotor dysfunction, astigmatism, and other refractive errors. These issues make it hard for their eyes to align properly when focusing on nearby objects.
November 17, 2022
Vision problems can present with symptoms like those of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. If the function of the visual system is not evaluated by a Developmental Optometrist to determine if these symptoms are caused by vision deficiencies, a misdiagnosis of AD(H)D may occur.
November 11, 2022
Did you know that reading is one of the ways that children build their visual skills? Reading is a great way to set your child up for excellent academic achievement. Parents should help their children learn how to read. This is because they know their children well and can provide one-on-one time. It can be a good thing to build in your child, and it is beneficial to them in the long term.
October 19, 2022
Halloween is approaching quickly and it’s time to create those photo-worthy costumes – ensure that eye safety and health are part of the ensemble. October is Halloween Eye Safety Month and below we have some helpful tips on how to make sure your child’s Halloween costume doesn’t leave complications for your kid’s vision.
October 19, 2022
If you are suffering from headaches, sore neck, dizziness, or tired eyes after using the computer or doing near work like reading, you may be suffering from Digital Eye Strain, Convergence Insufficiency or other forms of Eye Misalignment.
August 10, 2022
Myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, is an eye disease in which the eye elongates, causing light to be focused in front of the retina instead of on the retina’s surface. Essentially, your child’s eye is growing too long.
July 26, 2022
Binocular vision dysfunction, also known as BVD, is a common visual condition. It occurs when an individual’s eyes are unable to coordinate properly. Consequently, one eye’s line of sight is not properly aligned with the other eye which puts stress on the eye muscles when trying to achieve a single-focus vision.
June 16, 2022
Kids are spending increasing amounts of time on screens and less time outside playing. This is especially true with the pandemic upheaving our lives and forcing us to stay home for virtual learning or work from home.
June 8, 2022
A neurological condition, an acquired brain injury like a concussion, or even prolonged use of digital screens can affect your visual processing abilities. Changes to your visual system can cause symptoms such as double vision, dizziness, blurred vision, and headaches.
May 24, 2022
Myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, is an eye disease in which the eye elongates more than it should, causing light to be focused in front of the retina instead of on the retina’s surface. Essentially, your child’s eye is growing too long.
May 11, 2022
Getting a comprehensive eye exam is the best thing you can do for your vision and eye health. As vision begins to fade, the brain will adapt to accommodate the change. So unless you experience sudden vision loss, you may not be aware of changes in your vision.
March 10, 2022
Before discussing potential “cures” and ways to control for myopia it is important to ensure we define it correctly.
February 02, 2022
February is here and we know what that means in Chicagoland – snow days and outdoor fun!
January 18, 2022
The article brings awareness to patients and medical professionals about how vision can be linked to head posture and the importance of including a functional vision assessment done by a Developmental Optometrist.
December 02, 2021
Here are the best holiday gifts for children of all ages on your list.
August 13, 2021
The start of a new school year can be overwhelming, even for the most confident children. That’s why parents are doing whatever they can to help their children successfully transition to the next academic grade.
July 22, 2021
As a parent, you probably already know that in the state of Illinois, every child is required to have an eye examination and completed report prior to beginning kindergarten.
July 09, 2021
Given the rapid increase in childhood myopia being seen in the U.S., the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their guidance on managing myopia in children.
June 11, 2021
Most parents are aware of the many benefits associated with children taking part in outdoor activities. The obvious benefits of fresh air and physical exercise aren’t the only perks for kids who play outdoors. Recent research shows that increased “sun time” can actually slow down the progression of myopia (often referred to as nearsightedness), or even postpone its onset!
May 28, 2021
The drastic increase in the number of children diagnosed with myopia during the past decade is astonishing — but is it surprising? Not really. When you analyze the causes of myopia, it becomes clear why more and more children are becoming affected by this progressive eye disease.
May 10, 2021
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November 27, 2019
We strive to make your experience caring for your family’s vision as easy as possible at Clarendon Vision. This is our annual reminder that if you have an employer-sponsored Flexible Spending Account plan, now is the time to check your balances and be sure to use any remaining funds. FSA funds typically need to be used by the end of the calendar year, though some employers offer a grace period of 2 months.
October 28, 2019
October is dyslexia awareness month. As your vision-care professionals, we wanted to take a few minutes to talk about dyslexia and vision. Our hope is that every person impacted with dyslexia gets appropriate treatment that helps them achieve their goals at home, school, and work.
September 06, 2019
There’s a news item getting a lot of attention right now detailing a case study of a teen boy who went blind after years of consuming a very low quality diet. Did you hear about this and start adding extra vegetables to all of your family’s meals as a result?
August 29, 2019
Welcome to August, the month filled with trying to jam in the last trips to the pool or park or beach while also shopping for school supplies and new shoes. August seems to be the month when children grow an extra two inches and find that none of their pants are the right length anymore.
August 07, 2019
Clarendon Vision is excited to welcome Dr. Amber Cumings to the Clarendon Vision Family. Dr. Cumings brings to our practice a deep passion for working with children and adults on vision related issues, particularly around neuro-optometric rehabilitation. She also specializes in pediatrics and vision therapy. She completed a residency on these important topics with the nationally-recognized optometrist, Dr. Curtis Baxstrom.
May 14, 2019
Recent research has shown in a lab setting (this is an important note, as these studies were not done with humans or animals, but rather lab-grown tissues) excessive blue light can damage human cells. While a lot of headlines then proclaimed that blue light can damage vision, that’s an oversimplification of the research. Blue light comes from our sun and also from our LED lightbulbs, computer screens, and cell phone and other digital conveniences of the modern age. It can be difficult in today’s fast-paced environment to avoid using these technology tools.
February 18, 2019
Have you heard of macular degeneration? February is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) month. As your vision care specialists, Clarendon Vision wanted to share some insights and options for you if you or a loved one is dealing with AMD.
December 06, 2018
Welcome to December, where the weather is cold and the hot cocoa is warm. Clarendon Vision wants to remind you to check your Flexible Spending Account balance and see if you need to use up funds before the end of 2018.
October 11, 2018
People unfamiliar with vision therapy and the work of a Developmental Optometrist often wonder what it is we do at Clarendon Vision. While we could show the research, the medical evidence, today we wanted to bring you a different perspective.
September 26, 2018
Back-to-School health and wellness checks are a part of the family calendar. Whether it’s proof of a dental exam, updated vaccines, or a sports physical giving a student approval to participate in team sports, parents often find the last few weeks of summer consumed by shuttling children from one health care provider to another.
July 27, 2018
It’s the second half of summer already. Mailboxes are stuffed with back-to-school mailers, and tempting displays of school supplies line the aisles of our favorite stores. There are still weeks of summer left, but the smell of pencil shavings is in the air.
May 22, 2018
One of Clarendon Vision’s favorite things to do is to bring new technologies and therapies to patients. We want to help all of our patients achieve their vision goals. To that end, Dr. Spokas recently attended the Vision by Design conference.
January 29, 2018
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is pretty common. Maybe you wear glasses to correct your nearsightedness. If not, you probably have several close friends or family who do. But hold on a second. Did you know that...
December 22, 2017
Dr. Spokas hopes that everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season. She would like to share some of her wishes for her patients and future patients.
November 29, 2017
At Clarendon Vision, we often talk to patients and families about the role a Developmental Optometrist can play in eye health. In this issue we dig into the differences to help you make the best choice for your family’s eye care.
October 03, 2017
As the big yellow school bus comes to swallow up children after summer break, parents often heave a sigh of relief at the return to a predictable schedule and routine. They may even welcome the transition because in the waning days of summer they find their rules about technology use at home have slackened to the point where the kids have been spending what seems like all day glued to screens.
September 20, 2017
80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually. Unfortunately, studies show that only 31% of children ages 6 – 16 have an annual eye examination, and 70% of children under 6 have never had an eye exam.
July 11, 2017
Dr. Monika Spokas was a recent guest of The SmartMouths Podcasters