We truly believe in routine eye examinations so that you can see as clearly as possible. Once you have to get glasses or contacts, it is even more important to watch the health of your eyes. You also need routine checks to ensure your prescription has not changed.
To ensure good eye health and vision, we are very proud to offer the following services:
Accurate vision is an important part of performing well at work, school, and in other everyday activities. In certain cases, however, medical conditions or injury may lead to visual impairment. For individuals with functional limitations resulting from visual impairment, visual rehabilitation can improve or restore everyday abilities. The most effective model for visual rehabilitation is one in which a patient receives input from his or her optometrist, medical doctor, psychologist, neurologist, and other allied health professionals to create an individualized visual rehabilitation plan.
Visual Rehabilitation Procedures
Visual rehabilitation involves constructing an individualized treatment plan to address each person’s unique issues. In some cases, this may involve occupational therapy to make a person’s environment easier to navigate. For many patients, however, vision therapy offered by an optometrist is an excellent way to improve or fully restore visual functioning.
Analogous to physical therapy for the vision system, vision therapy involves special exercises designed to retrain eye-brain circuits to perform more normally. Patients may be asked to view objects through special prism lenses, focus on an object as it moves, coordinate eye-body movements, or perform computerized tasks. Over time, these exercises improve visual deficits and reduce functional impairment.
Sports Vision Training
IMPROVED ATHLETIC SKILLS BEGINS WITH BETTER VISUAL PERFORMANCE
Doctors estimate that up to 80 percent of perceptual input in sports comes from the eyes.1 In sports, vision has the potential to affect an athlete’s performance, including clarity of sight, motor performance (the ability to perform specific tasks), and information processing.2
Sports Vision Training Enhances Athletic Performance:
- Dynamic visual acuity is the ability to see things clearly while in motion, or the ability to track a moving object.
- Visual concentration is the ability to prepare for, select, and maintain awareness of specific locations, objects, or attributes of the visual scene.
- Eye tracking is the ability to “track” from left to right or up and down in an efficient manner, and to “follow” the movement of objects.
- Eye-hand-body coordination is the ability of the vision system to coordinate the information received through the eyes to control, guide, and direct the hands and body in the accomplishment of a given task.
- Visual memory is the ability to retain memory of objects when the visual stimulus is no longer available.
- Visualization is the act of viewing or achieving a complete visual impression of an object.
- Peripheral vision is what is visible to the eye outside of the central area of focus; side vision.
- Visual reaction time is the time between seeing the stimulus and responding to the stimulus.
- Depth perception is the ability of an observer to judge the spatial relationships of objects, especially their relative distance from the observer and from one another.
- Eye accommodation is the ability of the eye to change its focus from distant to near objects and vice versa.
Before training begins, we administer a Sports Vision Evaluation which entails a comprehensive suite of tests, assessing the areas of visual function needed to increase performance.
Our vision therapists provide innovative sports vision training that incorporates coordinated movement, balance, auditory processing and cognitive skills with a personalized approach. Each session is one-on-one, conducted under doctor supervision. Our therapy model gives athletes the visual abilities they need to succeed on and off the field.
1Arie B, Sports Vision: How enhancing your vision can give you that extra edge in competition. Peak Performance. 2—2; 188:6-8
2Erickson G. Sports Vision: Vision Care for the Enhancement of Sports performance. St. Louis, MO. Butterworth-Heinemann Elsevier; 2007
Comprehensive Eye Exams
On average, we recommend scheduling an appointment once every two years to ensure your eyes are remaining healthy. If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition, however, we recommend scheduling an appointment once or twice a year depending on the severity.
During your appointment, we will review your patient history, visual acuity, perform preliminary tests, and evaluate your eyes’ overall health.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Doctors see various types of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), some more serious than others. Though many people don’t think that they need to see us, visual problems can be a sign of a concussion.
A visionary concussion is when the visual area of the brain is affected. Most Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)that linger past a few weeks actually have a visual component associated with them. This is why it is so important to be checked out by a sports vision clinic when you first get a concussion.
Vision exercise and vision therapy can help you recover from your concussion. Here at InVision, we have the best doctors to ensure that your vision returns to how it was before. It is our goal to get you back to playing sports and being active as soon as possible.
ADD and ADHD
These disorders can potentially impact anything that requires planning and coordinating, from sleeping and eating to doing long-term projects. They can even affect the way someone speaks and listens to conversations.
Many people are hyperactive, but some are more hyperactive than others. Many of these people suffer from ADD or ADHD. Currently 11% of Americans between ages 11-17 have ADD or ADHD.
Some symptoms of ADD or ADHD include trouble focusing and being easily distracted. People may struggle to follow directions and become impatient quickly. They may show emotions without restraint and be full of energy. Many are quite forgetful and struggle to focus on just one thing at a time.
If left untreated, one can experience low self-esteem, suffer from depression, or even engage in self-harming behavior. If you or a loved one suffers from ADD or ADHD, there are some easy steps you can take to reduce the effects of the disease. By getting help quickly, you will start to feel like yourself again.
Many parents worry that if their child has dyslexia it will affect their future job or even lead to other issues. Many parents start to feel overwhelmed, especially if they are just starting to research the disease.
Many people believe that dyslexia is a sign of low intelligence, but that is just a myth. Dyslexia affects the way the brain works when a person is writing, spelling, or even speaking.
People with dyslexia have a hard time understanding large ideas. Most times they are able to understand the ideas eventually but just need additional time, which can be frustrating for them and those around them.
Low vision is described as a vision problem that makes it difficult to perform everyday activities yet it can’t be fixed with glasses, contacts or standard treatments.
Visual rehabilitation also aids in increasing the vision for those that currently have low vision. Low vision can affect how an individual performs everyday tasks (including, but not limited to) driving, sightseeing, and viewing TV/computer screens.
Computer Vision is a relatively new term within the optometry field and refers to eye problems associated with the prolonged use of computers and electronics that utilize a digital screen. Although it can be temporary, there are times when computer vision can strain the eyes to a degree that permanently affects your vision as well. An existing eye condition can worsen as the eyes try to focus and adjust to a computer screen, and precautions should be taken if you spend long hours in front of a computer screen.
If you have been experiencing blurry vision, dry eyes, eye strain, headaches, neck or back pain, try adjusting the lighting, posture, and the distance in front of your computer screen. If computer vision symptoms persist, call us to request an appointment, we will perform a full evaluation.
Nearsightedness, known as myopia, makes it difficult to see objects from afar. If you are experiencing nearsightedness, corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses will be prescribed. After a thorough examination, we will determine the prescription that’s best for you.
Reading and Learning Disabilities
Approximately 80 percent of what children learn in school is presented to them visually. Experts say that vision and learning are closely related and good vision is vital for students to be able to reach their fullest academic potential.
When a child has difficulty in school, this could be an indicator of vision problems and should be evaluated right away.
Beyond the common problems of nearsightedness and farsightedness, there is a wealth of other visual disorders that can make the learning process more difficult. These disorders are less obvious and relate to the ways the eyes function and the ways the brain processes this visual information. Vision-related learning problems should not be confused with learning disabilities.
Some common symptoms of vision-related learning problems include headaches, eye strain, blurred or double vision, crossed eyes or eyes that move independently from each other, reading or writing close up to the face, excessive blinking or rubbing the eyes frequently, and persistent reversal of words or letters.
We understand that children with special medical needs have a higher incidence of visual problems. In addition to nearsightedness and farsightedness, they may have other disorders such as eye turns, eye movement dysfunction, distorted depth perception, and visual information-processing defects.
An eye exam is a critical component in the care of adults and children with special needs and we recommend working with a provider who has both a special interest and extensive training in the area.
We provide a specialized examination for patients who require modifications. The examination is tailored to the patient’s level of verbal responsiveness and ability to communicate with the doctor. We will adapt each examination to the patient’s needs.
Diabetic Eye Care
Diabetes can affect more than just your blood sugar. It can also do some damage to your eyes if you are not careful.
Diabetic eye disease can cause vision loss if you are not careful. It can cause you to have trouble with everyday tasks even if you have regular glasses or contacts. It can even cause blindness.
Dry Eye Treatment
InVision is proud to offer dry eye treatment for our patients. Ocular Surface Disease, also known as dry eye, can occur from certain medications, naturally by aging, or as a symptom arising from systemic diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. If you have a minor case of dry eye, you may be experiencing irritation, excessive tearing, fluctuating vision, and/or a burning sensation in your eyes. Excessive dry eyes, or dry eye symptoms that go untreated, have the potential to damage eye tissue, scar your corneas, and impair your vision.
Here at InVision, we are here for you in the case of an emergency. There are times when you may need immediate care for your eyes. Any time that you experience trauma to your eyes, you need to be seen. If you get anything in your eye, especially chemicals and foreign objects, you should be seen immediately to limit the potential damage to the eye.
Pediatric Eye Exams
Here at InVision, we are proud to offer pediatric eye examinations. Children should have their first eye exam around the age of six months. If the first exam finds that their eyes are healthy, they won’t need another appointment until they are between the age of two and three.
Although many schools offer annual eye exams, they are not complete visual exams and the results can be inaccurate. For this reason, you should schedule yearly or bi-yearly examinations to ensure that your child’s eyes are healthy and that he or she can see clearly.
Nowadays, most people prefer to wear contacts instead of glasses. If you are interested in contact lenses, please let your eye doctor know prior to your appointment. During your exam, we will discuss the various contact lenses available and determine the best option based on your individual needs and lifestyle.