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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

At Advanced Vision Therapy Center , we diagnose Convergence Insufficiency, a commonly undiagnosed  childhood vision problem

 

Every day in our practice we diagnose and treat patients (both children and adults) with convergence insufficiency and other forms of binocular vision dysfunction. The results and success rate are astounding. Yes we improve several aspects of people's vision, including: eye teaming, eye tracking, eye focusing, visual perception, visual processing speed and working memory. But more importantly we improve their ability to perform real world tasks. This blog talks about one aspect of this improvement, the correlation between vision and Stroo

Posted by Ryan Johnson at 6/21/2016 4:41:00 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

We do vision rehabilitation at Advanced Vision Therapy Center Boise Idaho

 

Eye doctors are trained to diagnose and treat eye and vision conditions. As with any profession, certain eye doctors sub-specialize in an area of eye care. Within the areas of vision therapy and Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation, there exist optometrists who have received advanced, post-graduate residency training in the areas of vision therapy and neuro-optometry. Despite the availability of these specialists, individuals outside of eyecare perform 'eye exercises'. So what are eye exercises and should you perform them?

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Posted by Ryan Johnson at 6/14/2016 9:22:00 PM
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Convergence insufficiency is a binocular vision condition treated at Advanced Vision Therapy Center Boise Idaho

 

Do you get headaches when you read or use the computer? Does your child cover or close an eye while they read? Do your eyes hurt at the end of the work day? Is homework time with your child a constant battle against avoidance behaviors? Do words move on the page when you are trying to read? These are all symptoms of convergence insufficiency – a very common, and very treatable, vision condition that affects people of all ages.

 

Posted by Ryan Johnson at 3/24/2016 3:43:00 PM
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Athlete Vision Assessments at Advanced Vision Therapy Center Boise Idaho

 

Competitive athletes need more than basic eye exams. Think about it, what is the goal of an eye exam? To see 20/20 and make sure your eyes are healthy. Well for athletes, 20/20 is blurry. They need to see better than 20/20 when they compete. They also need excellent visual skills to catch the ball, track the puck and make split second decisions. These visual skills are not assessed during an eye exam. This is why athletes need to work with a sports vision eye doctor who performs Athlete Vision Assessments.

 

Posted by avtadmin at 3/8/2016 8:40:00 PM
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Convergence insufficiency is an eye teaming condition that responds to vision therapy

 

Convergence insufficiency is an eye teaming deficit that affects approximately 8% of people (that is 4 times more prevalent than glaucoma or an eye turn). You do not outgrow convergence insufficiency, which is why it can have lifelong impacts on your vision. Convergence insufficiency can also be caused by a traumatic brain injury (even a concussion). Here is what you need to know about this vision condition that causes headaches, double vision and reading difficulties.

 

Posted by Ryan Johnson at 3/2/2016 8:54:00 PM
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Eye tracking may help diagnose AD/HD

 

Is your child inattentive? Impulsive? Hyperactive? If you answered 'yes' to any of those, we have established that you have a child. Every kid will be a kid, and every kid has their moments (whether sugar-induced or otherwise). Well when these behaviors are present at clinically-significant levels, it may lead to the diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) – sometimes called ADD or ADHD. Unfortunately, diagnosis of AD/HD often relies heavily on subjective surveys rather than objective measures. Fortunately, researchers are using eye movements to help objectively identify AD/HD.

Posted by Ryan Johnson at 2/23/2016 6:15:00 PM
Saturday, February 20, 2016

According to the Prevent Blindness America organization, vision problems affect 25% of school-aged children. And these vision problems can prevent a child from achieving their academic potential. Many teachers may find it hard to believe that 25% of their students have a visual barrier to success because they don't see a quarter of their students wearing glasses. The reason for this difference is that many of the vision conditions affecting students are not treated with glasses.  

 

Posted by Ryan Johnson at 2/21/2016 1:41:00 AM
Monday, February 9, 2015

The eyes are a complex organ that can take an impulse of light and turn it into vision; a truly remarkable feat. Even more remarkable and complex is vision itself. 66% of the connections within the brain are involved in the process of vision; sight, binocular vision (eye teaming), visual perception (making sense of visual information), and visual integration. As you can imagine, when an aspect of the visual system is not working properly it takes specialized care to correct the visual deficit. In the area of binocular vision and visual perception there are several terms, which are misleading and confusing for patients when used interchangeably. In this four part blog we will discuss each of these terms; vision therapy, vision rehabilitation, eye exercises and brain training as they relate to the visual system. In today's blog we will discuss vision therapy.

Posted by Ryan Johnson at 2/9/2015 6:41:00 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2014

A parent called into our office with this question last week, and she is not the first to do so.  Vision therapy takes many forms. Some optometrists offer in-office vision therapy with a trained therapist, others put patients on the computer or in group sessions, and others prescribe a home-based program. At Advanced Vision Therapy Center we provide all vision therapy sessions in a one-on-one environment; relying on our therapists, rather than a computer, to train visual skills. Abundant research has been performed in the area of vision therapy and the effectiveness of these various modalities. The research continues to show that in-office vision therapy with trained professionals is the most effective treatment for convergence insufficiency (a binocular vision condition). So it should not come as a surprise that when you sit a kid in front of a computer for months, the question often arises

Posted by Ryan Johnson at 7/24/2014 10:04:00 PM
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

During our Vision Therapy Myths Debunked series we have already talked about the myth that vision therapy is only for kids and the myth that all vision therapy programs are the same. Today's blog is going to debunk the myth that vision therapy must be repeated. One of the most common comparisons that I hear is when people call vision therapy “eye exercises” and liken it to sending your eyes to the gym. This makes vision therapy sound like strengthening exercises. Enter the concern for regression and the need for repeat vision therapy programs. By the time to finish reading this blog you will have a better understanding of why vision therapy is not just eye exercises and why vision therapy does not need to be repeated.

Posted by Ryan Johnson at 6/11/2014 10:44:00 PM
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