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How Is Binocular Vision Dysfunction Diagnosed?

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.


Protect Your Child’s Eyesight By Encouraging Them To Play Outside

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.


When To See A Neuro-Optometrist

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.


3 Facts about Myopia and What You Can Do For Your Child

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.


How Often Should You Get A Comprehensive Eye Exam?

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.


What Are the Benefits of Vision Therapy?

April 20, 2022

Vision therapy can benefit both kids and adult patients. Vision therapy can relieve headaches, dizziness, and eyestrain and improve performance at work or in school. It can also contribute to reduced stress levels.


Myopia Control and Prevention: 3 Different Types Of Myopia Control Explained

March 10, 2022

Before discussing potential “cures” and ways to control for myopia it is important to ensure we define it correctly.


Join our Team as a Vision Therapist

February 15, 2022

Clarendon Vision Development Center in Westmont, IL is looking for a Vision Therapist to join our growing team.


We’re Hiring!

February 14, 2022

Clarendon Vision Development Center is a well-established optometry practice in Westmont, IL. We are seeking a motivated and patient-centered optometrist to join our team.


5 Fun Outdoor Activities to Do With Your Kids This Winter

February 02, 2022

February is here and we know what that means in Chicagoland – snow days and outdoor fun!


Case Report Summary: How Treating a Child’s Vision Can Improve Head Tilt in Torticollis

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.


Top Toys Kids Love that Also Support Vision Development

December 02, 2021

Here are the best holiday gifts for children of all ages on your list.


How Can Myopia Impact a Child’s Overall Health?

November 30, 2021

Dozens of parents bring their children into our practices every day for eye exams and other services, and many ask us questions about myopia.


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Myopia

October 01, 2021

Myopia (most often referred to as nearsightedness) affects about one in every three children in the United States and has become increasingly prevalent over the last 30 years.


How You Can Help Your Child Succeed in School This Year

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.


Time for your child’s school eye exam? Why choose a Developmental Optometrist at Clarendon Vision

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.


Pediatricians and Ophthalmologists agree; It’s Best to Proactively Treat Your Myopic Children

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.


3 Reasons Why Kids With Myopia Need to Spend More Time Outdoors

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!


What Causes Myopia

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.


We are looking for a service-driven Optician to join our team

May 10, 2021

Interested in Joining Our Team at Clarendon Vision Development Center?


Does Myopia Get Worse With Age?

April 13, 2021

Many parents who come into our practice consider their children’s myopia as a simple vision problem that needs correction. Each time the child needs a higher prescription, they just “fix” it by buying them a new pair of glasses.


Toys and Games that Support Good Vision

December 17, 2019

Did you know that there are many children’s toys that support and help develop good visual skills? Good visual skills are essential for reading and learning. We’d love to share our list with you!


Tis the Season to use your Flexible Spending Account Benefit

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.


Important Link between Dyslexia and Vision

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.


Good Nutrition and Eye Health

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 is Vision and Learning Month

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.


Help Us Welcome Dr. Cumings to Clarendon Vision

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.


What’s the Buzz About Blue Light?

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.


Brain Injuries and Your Vision

March 13, 2019

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.


February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month

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.


Holiday Gift Ideas from Clarendon Vision

December 12, 2018

Holiday Gift Ideas from Clarendon Vision


It’s December – do you know what your Flex Spending Account balance is?

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.


“Now he reads independently!” One family’s success story with vision therapy

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.


Back to School Wellness

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.


Is Vision on your Back-to-School Checklist?

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.


Allergies, Dry Eyes, and Eye Health

June 22, 2018

Pollen lands in waves this time of year. Is your family suffering from allergy symptoms that affect eyes or vision?


Slowing Myopia Down With Orthokeratology

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.


Blink now. Blink again. Read on to find out why!

April 13, 2018

Did you know that people generally blink less frequently when using a computer? Young or old, everybody has a bit of a mesmerized stare when they work on computers.


Demystifying Eye Care

March 19, 2018

It can be confusing to figure out who to see when you have questions about your vision. There are ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians. All those “op” healthcare providers are here to help you with your vision!


First Semester Report Cards – Not What You Envisioned?

February 21, 2018

How was your child’s first semester? Are you looking at report cards wondering if your child has an evil twin attending class in their place? Are you feeling like your child can do better than their grades show? Do you have a gut feeling that there is something holding your child back, but you don’t know what it is or where to start?


Three Things You Probably Don’t Know About Myopia in Kids

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...


A Holiday Wish List from your Developmental Optometrist

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 Office Update

November 30, 2017

November 2017 Clarendon Vision Office Update – Meet our new staff, new frame line, and remember to use your healthcare benefits!


Optometrist? Developmental Optometrist? Why? Who? What’s the difference?

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.


When Back-to-School means Back-to-Screens

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.


HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN: 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually.

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.


Dr. Monika Spokas was a recent guest of The SmartMouths Podcasters

July 11, 2017

Dr. Monika Spokas was a recent guest of The SmartMouths Podcasters


New Website Design!

July 26, 2016

We got a website makeover!


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