I have something new and exciting to report! The Walesby Vision Center will soon be using the Vivid Vision software in conjunction with our current program for our therapy patients. Some of you may have seen this on our local news channels or read about it online or on social media. The program is quite new and innovative and we are pleased to begin implementing the state of the art technology into our practice.
A gentleman named James Blaha designed this program. He is a programmer and an entrepreneur who lived a majority of his life with vision impairment and was diagnosed with strabismus and amblyopia, two conditions that many of our patients are currently suffering from. He stated, “People who have vision impairment are always wondering what it is they’re missing, how much their vision is kind of holding them back. Without depth perception, walking through a forest is more like walking through a hallway, than it is walking through a big open place.” His visual impairment and quality of life concerns inspired him to create Vivid Vision.
This exceptional program, although still in the testing phases by Dr. Marc Levin, a neuro-ophthalmologist at the University of California, San Francisco, is showing tremendous hope and promise for visually impaired individuals. The current research included a small sample size of 20 adult individuals over an 8-week timeline. The final results of the study are expected to be released by the end of 2016.
Vivid Vision is designed to be used in conjunction with other vision training activities and was not designed to be used alone or without a health care professional present. It strategically uses Oculus Rift virtual reality software in a specialized program that evens out the playing field for a weak binocular vision system. One of the great benefits of this specific program is that it offers settings to customize contrast and prismatic effects within the goggles to enhance the chance for the weaker eye to increase its input to the brain in order to improve vision and depth perception.
The training of amblyopia and strabismus with 3D equipment proposes several risks and if not guided by a trained professional, could in many cases actually make the mentioned condition(s) worse.
If you have further questions regarding Vivid Vision and its incorporation into our vision therapy program, please feel free to call or email us any time. Also, check out https://www.seevividly.com
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I hope you all had a nice three day holiday weekend! If you haven’t already started school, you likely are starting today, meaning that the full swing of school is back in session.
There are many things to make sure you checked off your list in preparation for back to school… backpacks, pens, pencils, paper, notepads, etc…but did anyone mention how important it is to have a BACK TO SCHOOL EYE EXAM?
One in four children suffer from a binocular vision dysfunction in which their two eyes are not communicating from their separate vantage points well enough to sustain the focus and posture necessary from a full day’s worth of schoolwork. Many eyesight exams that children have usually only consist of reading a 20/40 sized line with both eyes together at 20 feet away. Many of these basic screenings are good for detecting overall gross vision problems, but they do not assess a child’s near vision and how their eyes work together as a team when they are doing schoolwork, reading, doing homework or copying from a board. Suffice it to say, they do not assess binocularity, a skill that is absolutely necessary for a child’s developing visual system in the academic environment.
We are happy to say that we saw many of you before the school year started and helped you check off glasses on your back to school list with our blowout kids frame sale. If you did not see us this summer, do not worry, we are having a FREE screening on SEPTEMBER 29th at our south location at 2510 W WATERS AVE, TAMPA, FL 33614. You read correctly, it’s completely FREE. This evaluation will consist of a set series of tests that will help us determine if your child potentially has a binocular vision dysfunction and the need for further evaluation. The test will not include a prescription for glasses but we will indicate whether or not glasses may be necessary and if further evaluation is needed to make that final decision. The exam will also include education and one on one time with the doctor to discuss your child’s visual needs and some visual hygiene techniques that can be utilized throughout the school day to better enhance their visual skills. Call us ASAP at (813) 915-0755 or (813) 345- 8544 to book your appointment. Time slots fill up quickly so don’t hesitate! We can’t wait to see you!
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How would you rate your quality of life? Are you gliding through life without any symptoms or complications? Is reading a breeze? If you’re so lucky, then you might be thinking this is not the article for you… but wait! You may be experiencing difficulties in areas of your life that you may think are “normal” but are in fact side effects from a larger underlying problem. Possibly… a vision related problem. A problem that could be diagnosed and treated by one of our Binocular Vision experts!
All of our patients are quite interesting and have great stories to tell, but there are times, every now and then, when I am blown away and inspired by those sitting in my exam chair. A few months ago I came across such a patient and I would like to share his story. For HIPAA compliance reasons, we will call him “Z.”
Z is a 10 year old young man who came into the office for a routine eye exam. He is near sighted and was having a little bit of blurry vision when looking at the board in school. This is a common complaint and usually something that can be taken care of with a little update of his glasses. However, it was something that he mentioned to me nonchalantly during conversation that caught my ear. He said he had been experiencing frequent intermittent double vision for several years. Years!! Z felt that this was “normal” because he never knew any different; He did not have anything to compare his experience to. Can you imagine seeing double all day, every day?
I cannot describe how difficult it would be to acquire and process visual information efficiently and effectively. This remarkable young patient however, despite his symptoms, was a straight A student who loved to read. In fact, he excelled at it. It was his incredible love of reading, let me remind you that he is 10 years old, that led him to stumble upon a book in which one of the characters described double vision. It was then that he thought is this NOT normal? After letting his parents know, they decided it was time to see the optometrist. Z was diagnosed with a Convergence Insufficiency, a common binocular vision dysfunction found in many adult and school aged children.
I immediately knew that the Walesby Vision Center could change his life and help eliminate his double vision. He is now in phase 4 of vision therapy and he is making tremendous progress. Just the other day I was talking to Z and he told me that he rarely sees double anymore, that everything is so much better now. He also said that when he does see double, he can easily make things single again. That is exactly what we aim to accomplish here. We teach our patients the skills to overcome those difficult visual symptoms that they experience. Z was given a specific set of eyes and a specific set of capabilities, and we have enhanced those capabilities and will continue to do so. He will hone these techniques throughout his life and he will know how to use his visual system more efficiently throughout all of his academic endeavors. I can imagine that his academic career will be a great one!!
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. – Lao Tzu
So, again, I’ll ask you, how would you rate your quality of life? Are you experiencing something that may not be “normal” that you have learned to “deal with?” Maybe you are someone who loves reading but always gets headaches? Maybe you hate reading and always have but you aren’t sure why? Maybe your head tilts to one side and you’ve noticed it in pictures? Whatever it may be, no question is too small or too big for us to address. Take our Quality of Life assessment and see how you do. We may have the answers to questions you didn’t even know you had, and we may have the solution to change your life!! –Dr. S
How to access our Quality of Life form:
Click on Forms tab at the top of the screen.
Click on Child Screening OR Adult Screening.
Click in Quality of Life form.
Fill it out and tell us what you got! We love hearing from you!
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My name is Dr. Sheree Wright and I have been a part of the Walesby Vision Center team for almost a year! Since then, I have seen many new and exciting changes develop. The two most notable changes would be our full time expansion to the Lutz office location and the launch of our new website!
Let me take you for a mini tour of the website and highlight some of the fantastic new features that are designed to help you, our patients, out.
We appreciate all of your opinions and Vision Therapy success stories!
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