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Family Day Sale 2024

With Family Day weekend fast approaching, did you know that the Canadian Association of Optometrists recommends getting your eyes checked every 2 years if you are between 20-64? If you are above or below that range the follow-up schedule changes to annual eye checks. In fact, we can do eye checks on patients as young as […]

Convergence Insufficiency, Not a Learning Disability

More than half of patients that are enrolled in a Vision Therapy program with me have a vergence (which means eye coordination) problem. The most common type of vergence problem is called convergence insufficiency. Convergence insufficiency can lead to reading difficulties including seeing double, getting fatigued quickly, feeling like your eyes are not working together, and headaches.

The SVI Game for Vision Therapy

The SVI is a large touch-screen monitor that improves visual abilities for learning problems, sports, amblyopia, and traumatic brain injury. Targets on the screen can be made large or small, dark or faint. We encourage everyone to hit the target in the center - the smaller the target, the more accurate you have to be. If you miss a target, a dot appears on the screen. This gives you instant feedback on where you are actually touching and you are (hopefully) able re-adjust your next target - perhaps reaching further, closer, higher or lower.

Summer Sunglass Trends

Summer is here! Protect your eyes in style by following the six most popular sunglass trends of 2014. We carry all of these styles at Family Eyecare Centre!

Vision Therapy isn’t just for kids!

If an adult’s vision problems were not caught early than they would still exist into adulthood, and occasionally symptoms that were once manageable become more problematic...

What Is Vision Training?

Visual skills are developed over time, like any other skill you have. So these skills, like all others, can be improved by training. This training can be life-changing for those whose visual skills didn't develop fully or properly.

ADHD or Convergence Insufficiency?

There are 9 major symptoms used to diagnose ADHD in children. Of these nine symptoms, five of them overlap with the symptoms of a common visual disorder called convergence insufficiency

Normal Vision Development in Children

New parents should be aware of how their child’s vision develops over time, and what is normal. Infants and young children don’t typically outgrow vision problems, but I’ve seen firsthand that the sooner these problems are treated the better chance they have of being fully corrected. So as soon as you suspect a problem, schedule an eye exam.

How Vision Therapy can Improve Saccadic Eye Movements and Help Reading Problems

What are saccadic eye movements? Saccadic eye movements are very fast jumps from one eye position to another. These are the eye movements used in reading or searching. This scanning of the visual field is learned during the first years of life, developing as a child explores their environment. In fact, saccades are the very first eye movements that develop! How saccadic deficiencies affect reading These eye movements are critical to success and speed of reading. If they do not develop well, it can result in the opposite effect: slow, frustrated reading. When learning to read the eyes must be able to align and track together (or form saccades) letter-by-letter, word-by-word, and line-by-line. Errors can be made when the eyes lose their place and have to backtrack (leading to re-reading and slow reading). Or instead of moving smoothly they skip around (leading to 'words moving on a page' or loss of place when reading and/or misreading words like 'saw' instead of 'was'). When errors like these happen frequently, so much effort is put into trying to coordinate the eyes that reading comprehension declines dramatically.

Catching Eye Problems Early: The a-b-See Campaign

Here is a statistic for you: 1 in 5 kids have a vision disorder Many kids with vision problems just assume their poor vision is normal, because they've never experienced anything different. If these vision problems are not checked, they can cause serious long-term effects.