As you begin making your resolution to be healthier this new year, don’t leave out two of the most important parts of your body: your eyes. With the demands that are put on our eyes every day, it is essential to take care of them and even exercise them to strengthen them and possibly improve your vision. In the past, people were hunters, farmers and gatherers. They were used to looking over far distances to seek prey and other possible sources of food. But now we live in a 2D world, where....
What happened the last time you went on the Mad Tea Party ride at DisneyWorld? Did you enjoy yourself initially, but as the ride went on, did you start to feel sick and disoriented? When you closed your eyes, however, you probably felt much better. And you were immensely glad when the ride ended and you could get your bearings again.
The eye is amazing. Did you know more than 1.9 million fibers come from the eye into the brain? Each of those fibers creates its own pathway to the brain and has its own distinct function. So when someone has a stroke or other acquired brain injury (ABI), vision is often affected. ABIs include concussions suffered in severe sports-
If you are coming in to your 40s, you may be noticing that your eyesight is changing. You have to strain a little to read, holding the book or newspaper farther away, or you find you need to wear bifocals. You may even notice a bit of clouding of the lens of your eyes. What is going on? Your eyes, like many other parts of the body, are showing signs of aging. The Crystalline lens in your eye is becoming less flexible. This makes it more difficult for the lens to adjust and focus when you look from far to near.
The American Optometric Association recommends preschool children receive a complete vision exam at the ages of 6 months, 3 years and 5 years. It is particularly important a child have a complete evaluation in the summer prior to entry into kindergarten. Kentucky was the first state to make a law that says you have to have an exam by a optometrist or ophthalmologist the first time you enter Kentucky public schools. The main thing is to make sure children are seeing the black/ whiteboard.
Vision involves over 70% of the neural pathways of the brain. Vision is more than eye sight. Vision is the only body system that continues to develop after birth. Vision involves the way the eyes and brain interact. It takes approximately three years for the eyes to learn how to work together. When they do not, it can result in the eyes turning in (esotropia) or out (exotropia), crossed eyes (strabismus) or lazy eye (amblyopia). To correct these problems, the brain must learn how to use the eyes together.....
It may surprise you to learn eyesight and autism spectrum disorders have a connection.
One of the major symptoms of autism is a lack of eye contact. Few people with autism have trouble with their eyesight. The problem is with the person’s ambient visual system. The ambient system is concerned with things going on around us in the background.
Visual efficiency is more than 20/20 vision, and there is much more to reading problems than dyslexia or ADHD. bout 85 percent of schooling is visual-
It is interesting to note how eyesight has evolved. The vision system used to be more about looking far afield for what could be hunted and eaten – and what could hunt and eat us. These days, people are spending more time with their gazes fixed on their computer or TV screens or cell phones. There are certain physical dynamics to this everyday phenomenon. There is a lens inside the eye that flexes and focuses, so when we look at things up close, that lens has to work extra hard.
Family Eyecare Associates (FEA) in Versailles works with people of all ages and situations, from seniors with balance difficulties to children with learning-
Behavioral optometry starts with the concept that vision is learned. When we’re born, we don’t know how to use our arms, legs and hands. We also don’t know how to use our eyes. We have to learn how to integrate them with the rest of our body. The brain must process what the eyes are seeing, and then it has to integrate that information with the other senses. From a behavioral standpoint, seeing requires a more holistic approach, getting all the senses to work together.
Is your child or grandchild having problems in school? Do you frequently receive notes from his or her teacher about misbehavior or attention problems? It may surprise you to realize the child’s difficulties are the result of vision-
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difficulty concentrating, reading and comprehending; headache; and visual field loss. You may also have trouble shifting your gaze quickly from one point to another after an ABI.
Stroke is a change in or lack of blood flow to some areas of the brain. It can also cause bleeding on the brain. Patients who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury may lose half of their right or left side vision. This type of side vision loss is called hemianopsia. Patients who just have a hemianopsia are aware of the side vision loss and often can be easily taught to scan their eyes in the direction of the hemianopsia so they can compensate for the field loss. This helps them not miss things that are on the side of the hemianopsia.
Fortunately, the brain is quite adept at training itself how to recreate and reconnect pathways or even create new ones. No one is born knowing how to use their arms and legs, much less their eyes. Through interaction with the world, we learn to walk and talk and to point and use our eyes. Once you understand space and where things are, the brain creates neurons that will fire together and you will point, track, focus and otherwise engage your eyes subconsciously. Vision therapy or vision rehabilitation can help when ABI interferes with these vital abilities. You may be fitted with corrective lenses such as yoked prism lenses or receive light therapy or syntonic optometry. Vision therapy, as with all other types of therapy, is very personalized.
Dr. Graebe received both his B.S degree in Visual Science and Doctorate of Optometry from Indiana University. He is a Behavioral Optometrist and learning expert. He has been in private practice here in the Bluegrass area for the past 32 years.
The eye is amazing. Did you know more than 1.9 million fibers come from the eye into the brain? Each of those fibers creates its own pathway to the brain and has its own distinct function. So when someone has a stroke or other acquired brain injury (ABI), vision is often affected.
ABIs include concussions suffered in severe sports-
With an ABI, one of the first things to go is eye-