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Vision Therapy: See Better to Live Better

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

~ Jawaharlal Nehru

The more you use your eyes, the more any underlying vision problem is going to make you tired, uncomfortable, or interfere with your productivity. Our heavy dependence on computers, cell phones, and even desk work, has created a greater need to address vision problems so that you can work or learn comfortably without being limited by a vision problem.

Whether you work on a computer for more than 2 hours a day, or are in school studying, or play sports competitively, you need more than 20/20 vision to be your best.

Dr. Elise Brisco, OD, the director at the Hollywood Vision Center, takes a holistic approach to treating patients, by assessing more than 20/20 vision. We evaluate how a patient uses their eyes, in addition to a glasses prescription and eye health examination.

Most of our patients in Vision Therapy see clearly, but have a tracking, eye teaming or visual processing problem that was not picked up with an ordinary eye exam. Dr. Brisco did a Post Doctorate Fellowship with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and has trained many optometrists in Vision Therapy over the years. She was also the only female team doctor in the NHL, serving as the Team Optometrist for the Ducks of Anaheim. She was also on the medical staff for the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy, and the IHL Long Beach Ice Dogs. She has trained athletes at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, and worked with athletes at the World Special Olympics games in New Haven, CT and Los Angeles, CA.

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy (VT) is doctor-supervised, non-surgical, customized program aimed at improving eye muscle control, coordination and visual processing. VT consists of visual activities designed to correct specific vision deficiencies and, improving overall visual skills. It’s like Physical Therapy, but for the eyes and visual system.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, we can help:

  • Tired or uncomfortable while reading
  • Headaches while studying
  • Computer and reading promotes sleepiness
  • Decreased productivity
  • Lack of reading comprehension
  • Loss of concentration
  • Words on the page or screen often move, jump, blur, or appear to “swim”
  • One eye drifts in or out
  • One eye is not correctable to 20/20
  • Double vision
  • Slow reading
  • “Pulling” sensation around eyes while reading
  • Lost pleasure in reading
  • Short attention span while reading (when compared to other activities)
  • Poor eye-hand coordination and motor skills (while playing sports, for instance)
  • Poor depth perception (difficulty judging distances — parallel parking, stopping a car, etc)

Notice a trend yet? These problems have a tremendous effect on the way we take in information and learn about the world around us. Problems with eyesight also affect the way we interact and navigate the world.

vision-therapy-1Vision Therapy can treat the following problems and more:

What We Do in Vision Therapy

vision-therapy-los-angeles-optometristOur program incorporates many different exercises that train and enhance deficient visual skills. Learning correct visual skills might be like learning a musical instrument or a new sport. We use neurological remodeling and remapping to train correct visual motor and visual perceptual skills in our office under the supervision of a vision therapist.

We also prescribe home therapy, which reinforces and accelerates newly-learned skills. The duration of your VT program depends on your individual circumstances and severity of your vision problem. How quickly you progress also depends on how dedicated you are to learning and practicing VT as prescribed by the doctor.

Build Confidence Through Vision Therapy

You might be struggling professionally or academically. Is your work inconsistent? Do you grasp a concept one day and lose it the next?

If you avoid reading like the plague, let’s look at the underlying cause. Your eyes might be working so hard to read that it’s a real struggle for comprehension.

Therapy can increase in reading and comprehension levels. Patients exhibit neater handwriting and word spacing, and even better communication. We improve your overall body balance and coordination with holistic practices.

The results:

  • Higher productivity
  • Less fatigue and discomfort associated with reading and computer use
  • Better eye teaming and tracking
  • Faster speed of visual reaction time in sports and driving
  • More confidence in school
  • Better ability to benefit from the curriculum at school
  • Improved visual perception
  • Enhanced integration of the senses
  • Increased confidence with the application of these new skills
  • Cosmetically straighter eyes
  • Better depth perception

Would you like to know more? An estimated 20% of people may suffer from these types of problems, and you could be one of them without even knowing it. If you think you might have a treatable problem that interferes with your work/life balance, we can help. Call us at the Hollywood Vision Center today to schedule your initial consultation with us.

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Dealing with Digital Eye Strain

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Digital devices such as computers, cell phones, and tablets create both solutions and problems.

Society as a whole spends more and more time in front of digital devices for work, school, and play. We do everything from spreadsheets, to shopping, to socializing online. You name it: cell phones, personal computers, laptops, e-readers, iPads, and other digital devices allow us to connect to friends and family, but at what cost to our health? All that screen time is hard on your eyes and may lead to digital eye strain — even if you have perfect vision.

Digital Eye Strain is becoming an epidemic for several reasons. First of all, heavy use of digital devices is hard work on our eye muscles. Our eyes were not designed to focus close up for prolonged periods. We are descendants of cavemen and cave women who needed to see clearly in the distance, more than close up, to hunt to provide for their families. Anything that you do for more than 2 hours a day, would usually fatigue the muscles used. For example, if you worked for a moving company, your arms, back and legs get tired at the end of the day, after riding a bike for 2+ hours, your legs would get tired, etc.

Our screen-rich culture can be blamed for digital eye strain. Your eyes have to work harder to focus on a computer screen for a prolonged period. Computers are far more visually demanding than printed material because the image on a monitor is never stable like the printed text in a book. Computer images composed of pixels of light are constantly refreshed, adding strain.

The main symptoms of Digital Eye Strain include:

  • Eyestrain/Tired Eyes
  • Frontal/temporal headaches
  • Dry Eyes (burning, red eyes, soreness)
  • Physical Fatigue
  • Blurry or vision that goes in and out of focus, especially at the end of the day

Ultimately this causes stress, discomfort and loss of productivity. The irony that you are reading this on a screen right now does not escape us, either. After you finish this blog, give those windows to your soul a break!

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Over time, the tears that aren’t spread over the eyes, stagnate and thicken. This clogs the opening of the Meibomian oily tear glands along the edge of the lids so that newly made tears get stuck in the tear glands. Eventually the clogged tear glands become infected, and atrophy which decreases the amount of tears that you can make. It can also make your eyes look unhealthy with red, thickened lids, and even loss of eye lashes.

We have a natural and unique way of treating dry eyes due to my holistic and integrative background. We can decrease your red, tired and dry eyes by unclogging tear glands open, and by stimulating natural tear production, naturally, without medication or surgery. We have helped many patients in our MoisturEyes Dry Eye Spa to feel and look better. We can help your eyes look less puffy and tired, and feel refreshed which will help you get your work done more comfortably and efficiently.

What other problems does heavy screen time cause?

Without a healthy layer of tears, vision goes in and out of focus, or stays blurry because the tears are necessary to form a smooth optical layer across the front of the eye. When the eyes are dry, vision gets blurry unless you blink more, or produce more tears.

Heavy screen time can also lead to eyestrain and headaches, not only because of dry eyes, but also because of an uncorrected prescription. Studies have shown that even a small amount of uncorrected prescription can lead to muscle eye strain as you compensate to see. A prescription that is measured for your eyes and the distance that you put your computer screen will lessen, or eliminate the eyestrain. Add a blue light filter to protect your eyes even further from the blue light that can lead to eye health problems such as macular degeneration, as well as interfere with sleep. This is the topic of another article which I have written as well.

You might experience a combination of these factors. To learn more about how your eyes can look and feel better after a long day at the office, as well as the ways we can help you with our specialized services, contact us today. At Hollywood Vision Center, Optometry, Inc. we can address the vision care needs of each unique patient, providing the following services under one roof:

  • Dry Eye Spa especially for heavy computer and cell phone users
  • Natural homeopathy, supplements, etc., as well as pharmaceutical medicines when necessary
  • Vision Therapy
  • Glasses, contact lenses, Ortho-K contact lenses
  • Holistic Optometry

We are dedicated to serving the vision care needs of our patients, providing vision care services for the entire family. We provide caring, Integrative and Holistic vision care services that combine VIP treatment with state of the art technology. If you suffer from digital eye strain call today to schedule your consultation with Hollywood Vision Center, Optometry, Inc at (323) 521-4770.


Your Eyes Affect Everything You Do

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You have the right cell phone, the right computer, the right outfit.

You work out, you eat right, but have you taken care of your eyes?

Your eyes affect almost every aspect of your life. Good vision allows you to be more productive, more comfortable, and happier. Correct visual skills allows you to read faster, catch the ball better, and do better in work and school. Vision allows you to see, to understand, to process, and to be. Less than perfect vision wastes precious energy by making you work harder, slows you down as your brain takes a split second to focus, and makes you miss precious moments in life that go unrealized because you didnt see well enough, or fast enough.

The problem is, vision changes so gradually that you cannot tell that your vision is slipping away until you have your eyes and health checked, your eye muscles rebalanced, your new glasses made, or your contact lens prescription updated. Theres no way for you to know if you have glaucoma or other eye disease that can rob you of your precious vision until it progresses to the point that you lose vision. Babies can have eye diseases, millennials can have eye diseases, and you can have an eye problem also, without even knowing it.

Your eyes are the window to your health. It is the only part of your body where we can see through to your blood vessels and nerves giving us the ability to detect health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. We have detected many health problems over the years in our patients during their annual eye exam.

Dont let life pass you by without having the best vision possible. Be your best by seeing your best.

Schedule an appointment for you and your family, and encourage your friends and co-workers to come in also.


Protect Your Eyes and Sleep From Blue Light from Computers and Cell Phones

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If you use computers, smart phones, tablets, or flat screen televisions for any significant amount of time each day, you are at risk from the harmful effects of blue light that these devices give off. Fluorescent light bulbs and LED bulbs also emit harmful blue light.

Blue light increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)which increases the chance of significant vision loss.

The negative effects of blue light emission are damaging not only to your vision, but also to your overall health. Harmful effects of prolonged use and exposure to blue light include:

  • Computer Vision Syndrome (eyestrain, headaches, blurry or fluctuating vision, fatigue, loss of productivity)
  • Disruption of sleep: blue light boosts attention during the day, but cumulative exposure sends a message to the brain to decrease melatonin production which disrupts our circadian rhythm which interferes with sleep.
  • Photo-oxidative damage to the retina in the back of the eye increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration which can lead to significant visual loss

Everyone is at risk for AMD with exposure to blue light, age, and cumulative sun damage (especially in sunny climates like Los Angeles). Obesity and hypertension also increase the risk for AMD.

Thankfully, you can now protect yourself with DuraVision BlueProtect by ZEISS: a special coating specifically designed to protect the eyes from the harmful effects of blue light emission. Other benefits of this protective filter include: superior anti-reflective properties compared to conventional anti-reflective coatings, and are easier to keep clean than other AR coatings. We can even make computer glasses with the protective filters even if you do not need a prescription, or already wear contact lenses.

If you have family members with AMD, your risk is increased significantly. We also offer DNA and allergy testing for macular degeneration and other health and allergy problems at our office.

Please call us if you have any questions, and to schedule your annual eye exam or appointment to have glasses made to protect you from blue light emission.


How Poor Eye Movement Can Interfere with Your Learning

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Can poor eye movement interfere with learning? A definitive yes, because poor eye movements can impair reading ability and cause a lack of concentration that may be incorrectly diagnosed as ADD or ADHD. After all, poor eye movements can often go hand in hand with eye teaming and focusing.

Saccades, a visual skill that allows for transitioning visual focus from one object to another, and tracking, which allows you to follow an object as it moves through space, are both necessary components of good eye movement. Lacking either, visual skills may be very debilitated, or at the least, cause children to overcompensate for their poor eye movement.

Children with poor eye movements can have difficulty tracking a ball in sports, or focusing on words when reading. Your eyes use saccades to focus on one or several words at a time. Poor saccades can increase reading difficulties, which can obviously greatly interfere with learning. Poor eye movement can also result in an inability to maintain eye contact or cause distractions during highly visual tasks.

But poor eye movement can be corrected. Developmental optometrists can help improve eye movement through vision therapy exercises, prescription lenses, and the use of syntonics – colored lights that adjust aspects of eye movements. Once corrected, learning capabilities increase.

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