Feb 27, 2021
While occupational therapy and vision therapy have some similarities, they are actually very different. Read on to learn about their differences, and find out whether you should have your child see a vision therapist.
Feb 25, 2021
Glare is that annoying bright light that causes you to squint. It also can cause eye strain when using your computer. Luckily, anti-glare coated glasses offer many benefits, such as reduced glare, allowing you to see and feel better.
Feb 24, 2021
Here are 10 facts about vestibular disorders. If you or anyone you love is experiencing dizziness or other vestibular dysfunction symptoms, read on to learn more about the condition and discover how a neuro-optometrist can help.
Feb 15, 2021
Sports vision training helps amateur and professional athletes improve the visual skills they need to boost their sports performance. Find out why NFL player Larry Fitzgerald has been advocating for vision therapy for years.
Feb 15, 2021
Night blindness is not an eye disease. It’s a symptom of several conditions that can range from mild to severe. Learn more about night blindness and discover ways we can help.
Jan 31, 2021
If current trends continue, roughly half the world’s population will have myopia (nearsightedness) by 2050. But is the growing rate of myopia due to increased use of digital devices?
Jan 27, 2021
It may surprise you to learn that contact lenses can be safely worn by children aged 8 and over. Read on to learn more about contact lenses for the younger demographic.
Jan 26, 2021
Many things can cause headaches: allergies, infections, and even a drop in barometric pressure. Did you know that untreated visual problems could also be the culprit?
Jan 24, 2021
Confidence is one of the keys to success. If your child is struggling in school or in sports, it could be due to a vision problem. Find out how vision therapy can improve your child’s visual skills and boost their self-confidence.
Jan 13, 2021
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases causing damage to the optic nerve that can lead to vision loss or blindness. While there is a lot of information out there on glaucoma, there are also many misconceptions. Read on to learn to discover the REAL facts.
Jan 12, 2021
Peripheral vision allows us to view objects, people, and actions at the sides of our vision, also known as our peripheral visual field. Athletes with poor peripheral vision are at higher risk of sports-related injuries. Here are 2 exercises that can help improve your peripheral vision.
Dec 30, 2020
Find out how educators can accommodate students with poor visual skills and help them learn better.
Dec 30, 2020
There are so many fun things you can do outdoors this winter! Here we share tips on fun outdoor activities you can do and explain why playing outside can help your child’s vision.
Dec 30, 2020
Sports vision training works on improving visual skills associated with sports performance. It helps improve visual skills such as depth perception and hand-eye coordination. Find out how sports vision training can not only improve your game, but help prevent head injuries.
Dec 28, 2020
If you frequently experience headaches or migraines, you may have binocular vision dysfunction (BVD) — a misalignment of your eyes. Find out how a neuro-optometrist can help you get the relief you’re seeking.
Dec 21, 2020
Contact lenses that don’t fit properly can cause discomfort and even eye damage. During a contact lens exam, your eye doctor will perform various tests to ensure you get the right prescription and the proper fit.
Dec 08, 2020
Wearing face masks is something that will be around for the foreseeable future, and so will mask-associated dry eye. Ask your eye doctor how to minimize dry eye symptoms today.
Dec 06, 2020
The older one gets, the more the eye changes and the higher the risk of developing sight-threatening conditions. Learn about why middle-aged people need reading glasses and when to visit the eye doctor.
Nov 30, 2020
Studies have found that children who previously sustained a concussion have close to 4 times the risk of sustaining another concussion compared to children with no concussion history. Find out how sports vision training can help decrease the risk of suffering a concussion while improving your game.
Nov 26, 2020
When selecting a gift for your child this holiday season, try to choose one that promotes learning, creativity, and visual health. Check out our recommendations!
Nov 25, 2020
Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially sight-threatening condition caused by high blood sugar levels in diabetics. Fortunately, your eye doctor can advise on how to manage and reduce the risk of developing it.
Nov 17, 2020
It’s nearly the holiday season, so it’s a great time to learn which gifts may be beneficial to children with myopia, and which may be a hindrance.
Nov 05, 2020
If you or your child is new to wearing contact lenses, read our Top 5 Tips to make the adjustment easier.
Oct 30, 2020
Did you know that in addition to physical skills, playing sports relies on specific visual skills? Just as you train your body, you can actively work on improving your visual skills. Whatever sport you play, we’ll keep your visual skills sharp to allow you the best opportunity to excel at your game.
Oct 28, 2020
Even children with 20/20 vision may experience functional visual problems that can negatively affect their schoolwork and enjoyment of activities like reading and sports. Our vision therapy program can help treat these visual problems, allowing your child to reach their potential both in the classroom and on the sports field.
Oct 23, 2020
Demodicosis occurs when the microscopic Demodex mites living on your face or in your eyelashes proliferate, causing uncomfortable, even painful symptoms. But worry not, it can be easily treated by your dry eye optometrist.
Oct 22, 2020
Sunglasses aren’t just for summer. Why not, you ask? Read on to find out why sunglasses are just as much “fall wear” as jackets are.
Oct 12, 2020
You may be surprised to learn that what can seem to be a mild head injury is in fact a traumatic brain injury. Read on to learn about common causes of TBIs, how they can affect your visual system, and how a neuro-optometrist can treat your symptoms.
Oct 11, 2020
Consuming certain vitamins and nutrients can support your eye health and potentially ward off serious eye diseases and conditions. Read on to find out more!
Sep 30, 2020
Athletic success demands commitment to the sport, hours of practice, and honing one’s body and mind for success. To succeed at his or her sport, an athlete also needs good vision and visual skills. Read on to discover the different ways to improve athletic performance.
Sep 30, 2020
Traumatic brain injuries can cause problems with the visual system that negatively impact self-esteem in both children and adults. Read on to learn how a neuro-optometrist can help.
Sep 23, 2020
Many schoolchildren have started the new school year at home, learning in online classes at least part of the time. As parents, it's important to monitor your children for signs of eyestrain and the worsening of other eye conditions.
Sep 23, 2020
Myopia or nearsightedness is most commonly corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses. As children grow, their prescription often gets stronger, what we call “progressive myopia”. Our eye doctors can help.
Sep 17, 2020
Eye floaters are usually normal. But what causes them and when do they indicate a serious eye problem that needs emergency eye care?
Aug 30, 2020
Eyes naturally tear up to provide lubrication and comfort, but sometimes we don’t produce enough tears or tears of sufficient quality to keep our eyes moist. This can lead to a condition known as dry eye. Using compresses can help keep your eyes hydrated and comfortable.
Aug 27, 2020
Driving long distances, prolonged screen time and even reading can cause eye strain symptoms like headaches and blurry vision. Here are some eye exercises that can help you relax your eyes and find relief.
Aug 26, 2020
Eyeglasses correct deficiencies in our vision. While eyesight might weaken as we age, wearing glasses is not the cause.
Aug 26, 2020
Cataracts, which are caused by the build-up of protein on the lens of the eye, are usually age-related, but other causes can bring about the condition much earlier. Be sure to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, especially if you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to cataracts.
Aug 18, 2020
Concussions affect the visual system by disrupting communication between the eyes and the brain. Prism eyeglasses may offer relief from the debilitating symptoms that concussions can cause.
Aug 17, 2020
Adjusting to new eyeglasses can take time, but persistent visual or eyestrain symptoms that accompany your new eyewear could warrant a call to your optometrist.
Aug 06, 2020
Ortho-k therapy can address a child’s myopia (nearsightedness) without surgery. Inserted at night and removed in the morning, ortho-k contact lenses can slow myopia’s progression at a time when an unprecedented number of children are being diagnosed with the condition.
Aug 05, 2020
Neuro-optometry focuses on “rewiring” the brain to improve visual function that may have been impaired due to trauma, illness, or other neurological conditions.
Aug 05, 2020
Whether you work in an office, from home, or outdoors, certain elements of your work environment could be contributing to dry eye symptoms. Read on to learn how.
Jul 28, 2020
Most parents have heard of nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia), but there are many other visual problems that can affect a child’s success. Here are some common visual problems we think you should know about.
Jul 28, 2020
If you wear glasses and a face mask, you’ve probably struggled with “mask fog.” Your lenses get all misty, requiring you to wipe your eyewear throughout the day. Below are a few strategies to help you prevent your eyeglasses from fogging up when wearing a mask. But First, Why Do...
Jul 22, 2020
Does your child have myopia (nearsightedness)? Here’s what you can do to try and slow down it’s progression to keep your child’s eyes healthy for a lifetime.
Jul 20, 2020
To get maximal eye protection from your sunglasses, consider replacing them every two years, according to a study conducted in Brazil. Over time, protective UV coatings become less effective.
Jul 19, 2020
Sports vision training entails exercises and techniques to improve the visual skills needed to become a better golfer. Putting — hitting a golf ball with a light stroke — requires a variety of visual skills, including hand-eye coordination and the ability to precisely judge distances. These techniques can be practiced away from the golf course to attain success on the golf course.
Jul 14, 2020
Many people don't realize they have a vision problem. Perhaps they've gone years without glasses and haven't noticed the gradual change in their vision. Or they’ve noticed a change, but put off a visit to an eye doctor. Regardless of whether you’re experiencing problems, make an appointment with Dr. David...
Jul 12, 2020
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a common childhood condition. While eyeglasses and traditional contact lenses correct vision, prescriptions must be updated regularly as a child’s eyes develop and myopia progresses. In contrast, orthokeratology (ortho-k) slows the progression of myopia.
Jul 12, 2020
Don’t let dry eyes stop you from enjoying your time outdoors. If you experience any dry eye symptoms, implement the following tips, or get an eye exam to identify the cause of the problem and get the appropriate treatment.
Jul 07, 2020
Is your eyelid twitching again? Dry eye syndrome could be at the root of those little eyelid spasms. Treating your dry eyes can help reduce eye twitching. Here’s why.
Jun 28, 2020
Nystagmus is an eye condition that causes rapid uncontrolled eye movements and affects vision. Thankfully, a neuro-optometrist can help.
Jun 28, 2020
Countless people around the world wear daily disposable contact lenses or dailies. These popular single-use lenses are removed and discarded at the end of each day, and a new, fresh pair is inserted the next morning. Used properly, dailies promote eye health, and they’re comfortable and convenient. Despite the...
Jun 23, 2020
If your child struggles with reading, focusing, or performing other academic tasks, it may be time to consider vision therapy. Here’s why.
Jun 22, 2020
Vision loss can occur with early signs only an eye doctor can see Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam, pediatric eye exam and contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic...
Jun 15, 2020
Vision therapy is the ideal treatment for strabismus and offers long-term results because it targets the root of the issue — the brain.
Jun 11, 2020
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is becoming the standard for myopia management in children today. There are several good reasons why many optometrists prefer this treatment to other methods.
Jun 08, 2020
Concussion or TBI patients can sometimes suffer from symptoms long after the injury occurred, but this doesn’t have to be the case. A neuro-optometrist can help relieve visual and non-visual symptoms with neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy.
Jun 01, 2020
Blurry vision can have many causes and may not always be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Insufficient tears or poor tear quality are often responsible for diminished vision clarity in people who spend much time on the computer.
May 27, 2020
Are you using your eye drops the right way? If not used properly, drops may not only lose their effectiveness, but could also damage your eye health. Below are a few simple rules to follow when applying eye drops.
May 25, 2020
An online eye exam is an automated and interactive vision test that claims to measure mainly visual acuity. It may seem like a convenient way to evaluate your vision or get an eyeglass or contact lens prescription, as these tests can be administered using your computer, tablet, or smartphone from...
May 19, 2020
1 in 5 people sleep with their eyes open. Known as nocturnal lagophthalmos, this condition can interfere with sleep and cause people to wake up with dry, irritated, red eyes. What is it? And can it be treated? Read on to find out!
May 13, 2020
Optometrists are slowly reopening their practices to offer routine services like eye exams for contact lenses, glasses, and eye surgery. This time around they will be implementing the strictest health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read on to find out what to expect on your next visit.
May 12, 2020
COVID-19’s rapid sweep across the country has forced optical practices to make rapid clinical management decisions. Some optometrists temporarily shuttered their businesses due to the pandemic, while others began to offer emergency appointment services and telehealth. As mandatory restrictions begin to lift in many locations, optometrists are beginning to open...
May 03, 2020
During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been going above and beyond to ensure that people are receiving emergency eye care. If you're having an eye emergency call your Joplin optometrist first.
Apr 30, 2020
Sports vision training for baseball is underutilized, despite its effectiveness in helping batters improve their averages, RBIs, and on-base percentages. Baseball is one of the most challenging sports to the visual system, yet few coaches ensure their players are adequately trained.
Apr 23, 2020
With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in full-swing, it's important to practice good eye hygiene because eyes are a portal for infectious diseases. Implement these 4 important eye hygiene practices to help you stay safe and healthy.
Apr 21, 2020
Tears flush out toxins, provide vital oxygen and nutrients to our eyes, and, among countless other benefits, ensure that our eyes remain lubricated and healthy. Read on to learn more about the composition of tears and how they benefit not only our eyes, but also our general well-being.
Apr 16, 2020
Tele-optometry is a branch of telemedicine that can cover a wide range of problems and treatments related to vision and ocular health. Tele-medicine delivers medical care through digital medical equipment and telecommunications technology, such as online videos accessible through smart phones and tablets. This allows patients to easily receive screenings,...
Apr 13, 2020
We all instinctively rub our eyes, whether we're tired, our eyes are itchy or when something gets stuck in them. However, did you know that doing so poses a threat to your eye health and can potentially lead you to contract COVID-19? Read on to learn why eye doctors instruct people to avoid rubbing their eyes.
Apr 12, 2020
Did you know kids can keep developing visual functions from the comfort of their home? In this text, we outline various fun and engaging exercises parents can do with their kids to develop accommodation, depth perception, and other critical visual skills.
Apr 12, 2020
You and your children are likely spending more time on mobile devices and computer screens than ever before. Too much time spent staring at screens can cause computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, in certain people. While not serious, this condition can be very uncomfortable, potentially causing: Headaches Eyestrain...
Apr 09, 2020
An eye care emergency is defined as medical care for conditions requiring prompt medical attention due to a sudden change in ocular or visual health.
Apr 05, 2020
If your eyes burn, itch or feel gritty, you may have dry eye syndrome. This is typically caused by a low production of tears or low-quality tears. Many substances and situations can cause dry eyes, such as the medication you’re taking, the time spent staring at your phone or computer...
Apr 01, 2020
Coronavirus and Your Eyeglasses Did you know that our glasses (this includes the lenses and the frame) can potentially transfer viruses, such as COVID-19, to our eyes, nose, and mouth? This is because viruses — as well as bacteria — are easily transferred from our surroundings to our hands and...
Mar 26, 2020
As coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, health professionals are demanding that people limit their personal risk of contracting the virus by thoroughly washing their hands, practicing social distancing, and not touching their nose, mouth, or eyes. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that the eyes play an...
Mar 18, 2020
Is your eye doctor's appointment coming up? Are you worried about going to the eye clinic during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Rest assured, keeping our patients and staff are safe is our top priority. We anticipate that this outbreak will continue for a while, and do not want our...
Mar 08, 2020
While vision may not seem to be the most important factor in maintaining balance, the brain relies on visual input to keep your world appearing both stable and leveled. Visual problems related to balance issues or dizziness can be effectively treated with neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy.
Mar 05, 2020
Wearing lenses overnight has been shown to be safe and effective in slowing down myopia progression in children. That said, many parents believe orthokeratology involves a higher risk factor than other contact lens modalities. Let's take an open and honest look at some of the issues.
Mar 05, 2020
March Madness is approaching and every college basketball player is dreaming of scoring the last 3-pointer that will win the game. However, to beat the buzzer one needs exceptional skills, including above-average visual skills. Learn how sports vision training can help.
Feb 26, 2020
Everyone seems to be staring at a screen these days, whether their computer, their smartphone or another digital device. The stress it puts on your eyes can cause a condition called "digital eye strain" (DES) or "computer vision syndrome" (CVS). Symptoms include eye fatigue, dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, neck...
Feb 23, 2020
Are you frustrated your bright child is not reading at the level you think they should be? They may actually be suffering from an issue in their visual system. Our practice can assess more than just 20/20 vision and use vision therapy to treat any vision-related learning issues that could be affecting your child.
Feb 23, 2020
Use your new benefits to make 2020 your year of perfect vision. Ortho-k overnight lenses, which are particularly advantageous for myopic patients, can be eligible for reimbursement with major savings accounts, such as HSA and FSA.
Feb 19, 2020
Vision therapy helps children with poor visual skills perform daily tasks more efficiently and with ease. This can lead to more success with school-work and sports, which, in turn, can have a positive effect on one's self-confidence.
Feb 18, 2020
Nation-wide awareness about the vast dangers of obesity is at an all-time high, with TV shows like “The Biggest Loser” and health initiatives such as Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign shining a spotlight on the importance of fitness and good nutrition. However, despite the public’s knowledge of obesity’s effects on...
Feb 13, 2020
Though many wouldn’t place “smoking” and “myopia” in the same sentence, the harmful effects they have on vision are comparable, as children with rapidly progressing myopia have a similar risk of developing eye disease later in life as smokers do.
Feb 06, 2020
It takes much more than physical strength, speed, and a competitive spirit to be an excellent quarterback. The skills required by an elite football player— those that make the difference between a capable and an extraordinary athlete—rely on their visual abilities. Discover how sports vision training can help.
Jan 29, 2020
Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are common in high-impact sports —such as football — and can have drastic effects on visual function. Fortunately, neuro-optometrists can help patients regain lost visual abilities and skills.
Jan 27, 2020
Playing outside in a snowy winter wonderland can be magical. Under clear skies in the sunshine, the soft white landscape becomes just about irresistible, whether at home or travelling on a winter-weather get-away. Before you let your children run outside to build the most adorable snowman or fling themselves onto...
Jan 19, 2020
Vision therapy, practiced for over 150 years, has been helping patients with visual problems strengthen the eye-brain connection. Over the years, it has developed and expanded into a highly effective method for learning or improving visual skills.
Jan 16, 2020
Did you know that people with diabetes are 20 times more likely to get eye diseases than those without it? There are three major eye conditions that diabetics are at risk for developing: cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. To prevent these sight-threatening diseases, it's important to control your blood sugar...
Jan 13, 2020
To be an excellent skier, you need strong visual skills, such as depth perception, peripheral vision, and peripheral vision. By undergoing vision therapy, you'll be able to ski better, faster and safer.
Jan 11, 2020
Though some people think vaping is a harmless alternative to traditional smoking, it can actually cause a whole host of health problems — including dry eye syndrome.
Jan 01, 2020
The use of heaters, as lovely as they are, can contribute to dry eye symptoms. Dry eye is one of the most common eye-health concerns and it’s important to be aware of the risks.
Dec 31, 2019
Children who spend a considerable amount of time playing outside are less likely to develop myopia than children who spend most of their time indoors in front of the TV or computer screen. These are the findings of a recent university study. Since Myopia is a progressing condition that can lead to more severe vision problems, every parent should be aware of this.
Dec 31, 2019
The complexity of the brain is truly fascinating; any slight change in its chemistry or structural integrity can result in a multitude of health problems, such as visual disturbances or permanent vision loss. This can affect everyday activities such as driving, walking, reading, using a computer, and staying focused. Below...
Dec 31, 2019
Though not always evident, a stroke almost inevitably affects vision. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation can treat the resulting vision deficiencies and improve the person’s functionality and quality of life as part of an integrative treatment plan.
Dec 22, 2019
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can lead to severe health problems, and in 90% of cases, vision problems. Here are 5 things about TBI that you probably didn’t know.
Dec 22, 2019
Your eyes aren't just the windows to your soul — they can also reveal valuable information about your general health beyond whether you need glasses, including: diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. It is not unusual for people to come in for an eye exam just to check their eyesight...
Dec 18, 2019
This holiday season, offer the gift of perfect vision that will have your loved one thanking you every day. If you or anyone in your family is nearsighted (myopic), Ortho-K lenses is the perfect gift. Read on to learn why.
Dec 16, 2019
Whether you’re a pro-athlete or a 4th grader struggling to read, improved vision skills can boost confidence and success in life. Consider vision therapy this year and see the change for yourself!
Dec 15, 2019
Are your eyes red, watery, itchy and burning? There's a chance you may have Dry Eye Disease (DES). Check whether you have unused eyecare benefits left in your HSA (health savings account) or FSA (flexible spending account), as these may expire on December 31st. If so, skip the trip to...
Dec 11, 2019
Smoking harms nearly every system in your body — including your eyes. Though we are all aware of the health effects associated with smoking, such as lung cancer, heart disease, and bad teeth, few know about the negative impact it can have on our vision. Smoking and Eye Disease Smoking,...
Dec 10, 2019
Winter is entering full-swing, which also means that your eyes can experience unfavorable effects. This season's cool and arid winds may trigger dry eye symptoms, such as redness, grittiness, and stinging. Click here for tips on how you can prevent dry eye this winter season.
Dec 05, 2019
If your child is nearsighted (myopic), it may seem like a great idea to get him or her a new pair of glasses. They will surely improve how well your child sees but, unfortunately, will do nothing to slow myopia progression. You can offer your child MUCH more than a...
Nov 26, 2019
Once you and your doctor have decided on the type of contact lenses you'll need, it's time to choose the most suitable contact lens solution for your eyes and contacts. There exist 2 different types of solution for contact lenses: Multipurpose and Hydrogen Peroxide-based. While both remove debris and build-up,...
Nov 08, 2019
The sensation of burning eyes can have several causes - read on to find out what they are and which treatment options are available.
Nov 04, 2019
Swimming in a pool with your contacts on or topping off your solution may seem harmless, but they could compromise your contact lenses and your vision. Below are daily habits to adopt for optimal contact lens care: Wash Your Hands Regularly Whether you use daily or monthly contact lenses, make...
Oct 23, 2019
Whether you live in a cold climate or have visited one in the winter, you have probably seen someone who just walked in from the cold outdoors sporting glasses that are no longer transparent, or perhaps you’ve experienced it yourself. Why Do Glasses Fog Up? There are several factors that...
Oct 08, 2019
Allergic reactions and Dry Eye Syndrome have overlapping symptoms. Read on to learn the differences and assess whether or not you should see an eye doctor.
Oct 03, 2019
Good Eye Care Habits & Hygiene By practicing good eye care habits and hygiene, you can prevent many vision problems from occurring. Eye problems and the risks associated with vision loss only grow as you age. By neglecting eye care, you place yourself at a higher risk of suffering from...
Sep 24, 2019
Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what those cat-eye contacts are doing to your eyes? If you got them without a prescription, beware of health complications. Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween...
Sep 16, 2019
September Is Sports Eye Safety Month! Ocular sports trauma is among the leading causes of permanent vision loss in North America. Tens of thousands of people get treated for sports-related eye injuries a year, with the most common injuries occurring during water sports and basketball. Infections, corneal abrasions, eye socket...
Aug 29, 2019
This summer, heat waves with scorching temperatures have hit communities nationwide, making an already hot summer even hotter. With high temps and heat waves in certain areas, it’s now more important than ever to protect yourself. For best practices and tips for maintaining healthy vision in the summer heat, talk...
Jul 22, 2019
July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and no wonder! With the summer sun out in full force, it’s now more important than ever to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. During this month, people who have suffered from UV ray damage and their loved ones are encouraged to share...
Jun 27, 2019
This summer, whether you're headed across state lines on a family road trip, flying off to Europe, grabbing a quick weekend getaway, or taking a vacation in your own backyard, don't forget to protect your eyes! Summer Eye Care Near You Check out our top 4 tips for ensuring healthy...
Jun 11, 2019
June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences by giving each other helpful information and sharing their knowledge and advice. Use the hashtag #CataractAwarenessMonth on your social media channels to encourage and support...
May 22, 2019
Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge. Dr. David Coleman and Dr. Jeff Coleman treats patients...
May 20, 2019
Those with excellent visual acuity may experience difficulty with visual processing or focus, which can impact various aspects of a child’s development, learning ability, and daily functioning. Fortunately, visual skills can be trained through vision therapy. Question is: how young is too young for your child to begin vision therapy?
May 20, 2019
Spring Dry Eyes Spring is a time of renewal, when the harsh winter is just a memory and the outdoors seem to beckon us to go outside. While spring may be in the air, so are allergens. Allergies during the spring season can cause dry eyes and have a particularly...
May 08, 2019
May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA; in Canada, Mental Health week is May 6th to 12th. Since 1949, it has been observed throughout the United States as a way of drawing attention to the importance of proper mental health. This year’s theme is #4Mind4Body. The idea is...
Apr 16, 2019
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month in the USA and Canada, a time when those living with the disorder, their family members, friends, and community come together to raise awareness and share helpful information. People with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and their loved ones are encouraged to share their stories, struggles, and...
Mar 19, 2019
Spring is a season of new beginnings, when the cold harsh winter months are behind us, flowers bloom, and people begin spending more time outdoors. For people with allergies, spring means one more thing: suffering. Spring may be in the air, but for allergy sufferers, so is pollen, pet dander,...
Mar 07, 2019
March 8th is International Women's Day, a day when women are honored and their accomplishments celebrated worldwide. From medicine to law, entrepreneurship to corporate leadership, education to the military, women are achieving great strides in areas of business like never before. In addition to professional achievements, International Women's Day is...
Feb 24, 2019
Most of us have the basics: bleach, oven cleaner, air freshener, furniture polish, and window spray. Did you know that chemicals found in these kinds of cleaning products can be toxic and harmful to your health? In small amounts, they generally don’t cause much damage. But when used on a...
Feb 07, 2019
It’s February and that means we’re smack in the middle of winter, which is also the middle of the school year. It’s the season when kids fervently hope for snow days and parents hope they don’t happen. As we head towards the second half of the school year, you’ve probably...
Jan 28, 2019
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma, a silent eye disease, is the most common form of irreversible blindness in the world. It is actually a group of diseases that causes progressive damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that can lead to...
Jan 17, 2019
Each year during the month of January we recognize World Braille Day which gives us the opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the incredible gift that Braille has given to those who are blind or suffer from vision loss. What is Braille? Braille is a tactile representation of letters...
Dec 19, 2018
Nerf Guns: Popular, Projectile... Safe? With the newest Nerf guns and blasters reigning at the top of lists for the most popular toys this holiday season, many parents are excited to surprise their kids (or their spouses) with these coveted toy weapons. There is, in fact a whole culture behind these...
Nov 29, 2018
Whether you live in a climate with cold winter weather or you are planning a ski trip up north, winter can be a challenge if you suffer from dry eyes. Dry, cool air, cold winds and even drier indoor heating can cause eye irritation, burning, itchiness and redness, and sometimes...
Nov 12, 2018
Diabetes is becoming much more prevalent around the globe. According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes in the year 2017 and 352 million more people were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By 2045 the number of people diagnosed is expected to...
Oct 24, 2018
Brush Up Before You Dress Up Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for children and adults alike. When else do you get to dress up as anyone (or anything) you want, socialize with friends and eat lots of treats? Nevertheless, lurking behind those costumes and...
Oct 08, 2018
Regular exercise is an essential component of overall health and wellness. It is proven that exercise reduces sickness and disease; it increases strength, immunity, and mental health; and it also helps regulate bodily functions and maintain a healthy weight. Research shows that exercise can lower our risk of chronic conditions...
Sep 17, 2018
Screen Time Pros and Cons Whether it is homework, email, gaming, chatting with friends, searching the web or watching Youtube, kids these days seem to have an endless number of reasons to be glued to a screen. Many parents out there are wondering how bad this can be for their...
Sep 13, 2018
Getting old doesn’t have to be synonymous with vision loss. There is a lot you can do to keep your eyes and vision healthy and prevent age related eye disease and vision loss, especially if you start early. Keeping your eyes healthy and strong may require some lifestyle changes, but...
Aug 30, 2018
What Is Progressive Myopia? Nearsightedness or myopia is one of the most prevalent eye disorders worldwide and its incidence is increasing. In fact by 2050, myopia is projected to affect half of the world’s population! Many children diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia) experience a consistent worsening of their vision as they...
Aug 09, 2018
An online eye test may seem like a convenient way to check your vision or get an eyeglass prescription but beware, these tests aren’t all they are chocked up to be. In fact, they may even be dangerous. What is an online eye test really testing? An online eye test...
Jul 26, 2018
Healthy eyes and good vision are essential for your child’s growth and development. In fact, learning is 80% visual, which means a child’s success in school, athletics and many other aspects of life can be impacted by poor vision. Good vision goes beyond how far you can see, and also...
Jul 16, 2018
It’s almost back to school time for college students and whether this is your first time away from home or you are already a pro, you want to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible to live safely on your own. This knowledge includes eye and vision safety, as...
Jun 25, 2018
While it may seem like a harmless action, rubbing your eyes can actually cause a lot of damage. There are a number of different reasons that people rub their eyes and for the most part, it does more harm than good. While rubbing your eyes might feel really good in...
Jun 18, 2018
Migraine Awareness Month: An ocular migraine is any migraine headache that involves a visual disturbance such as flashes of light, seeing stars or zigzags or the appearance of blind spots in the visual field. Ocular migraines can interfere with your ability to go about your daily tasks such as driving,...
May 30, 2018
Sure, sunglasses might add the final touches to your chic ensemble, but the real reason to purchase your shades is to protect your eyes from the sun. Not only does glare from the sun make it difficult to see, but the UV rays it reflects can cause permanent damage to...
May 10, 2018
Vision is a critical component to succeed as an athlete and this doesn’t just mean having 20/20 vision. There are a number of visual processes that are involved in optimal sports performance, whether you are playing a weekly little league game or competing in professional sports. The eyes and the...
Apr 25, 2018
While we all know that regular eye exams can help detect warning signs of disease and prevent vision loss, many people fail to seek medical attention when there is an acute problem with the eye. In fact, only about half of Americans that are at risk for serious vision loss...
Apr 16, 2018
April is Women’s Eye Health Month in the USA and May is Healthy Vision month in Canada too, so let’s take the opportunity to look at some tips for maintaining eye and vision health, with a special focus on women. Statistically, women are more at risk than men for eye...
Mar 27, 2018
If you want strong, healthy eyes and clear vision for life, a major step you can take is to protect your eyes from UV radiation. Wearing proper eye protection from the sun reduces the risk of a number of eye diseases and other conditions that are caused or worsened by...
Mar 12, 2018
We all experience the occasional eyelid twitch, which is when the muscle of the eyelid spasms involuntarily. Usually, it comes and goes without intervention and while sure, it can be irritating, is a twitching eyelid ever something to be concerned about? An eyelid twitch, also known as a myokymia, can...
Mar 07, 2018
Ever since starting vision therapy to help my sports performance I have seen an improvement in reaction time and hand-eye coordination. While doing vision therapy in Joplin, my therapist explained that there are a variety of ways that I can train my brain, which can improve my sports performance. As...
Feb 27, 2018
Infant Eyesight Despite nine months of growth in utero, babies are not born with fully developed eyes and vision - just like they can't walk or talk yet. Over the first few months of life, their visual systems continue to progress, stimulated by their surroundings. Babies will develop the ability...
Feb 18, 2018
It’s that time of the year again. Each February, the optometric community bands together to create awareness about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss for people 50 years and older; early detection plays a key role in the outcome of the disease. That’s why...
Jan 29, 2018
At this time of year when the sun sets early, many people are affected by night blindness. Night blindness or nyctalopia refers to difficulty seeing at night or in poor or dim lighting situations. It can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, sometimes completely benign and sometimes as a...
Jan 10, 2018
It’s that time of year again. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to create awareness about this potentially devastating disease. The reason awareness about glaucoma is so important is because as its nickname, The Sneak Thief of Sight, describes, the disease often causes permanent...
Dec 31, 2017
While most people have sunglasses high on their packing list for a tropical vacation, many people don’t consider it as much of a priority for colder climate getaways. But they should, and here’s why: Wintertime vacations often include activities that involve snow and ice and in general, conditions that can...
Dec 24, 2017
As the season to deck the halls arrives, make sure that you aren’t one of the many people who find themselves celebrating in the urgent care clinic due to an eye injury. The holidays present many opportunities for potential eye injury so it’s important to be aware and proceed with...
Nov 27, 2017
The New Year is coming and many people include healthier eating and exercise in their resolutions for the year ahead. Well other than weight loss and overall health and disease-prevention, a healthy diet and regular exercise can protect your eyes and your vision. In particular, there are certain vitamins and...
Nov 13, 2017
November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...
Oct 29, 2017
October is World Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public to understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the world population. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of millions of individuals around the world who are unnecessarily blind or visually impaired due to causes that are...
Oct 15, 2017
October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...
Sep 27, 2017
Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...
Sep 19, 2017
Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...
Aug 27, 2017
Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.
Aug 13, 2017
What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...
Jul 26, 2017
On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...
Jul 12, 2017
Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light - can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...
Jun 26, 2017
What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...
Jun 19, 2017
It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...
May 28, 2017
You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...
May 10, 2017
Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...
Apr 30, 2017
In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard to diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth....
Apr 06, 2017
Hey Ladies! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...
Mar 30, 2017
There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...
Mar 15, 2017
Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...
Feb 27, 2017
Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...
Feb 14, 2017
Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...
Jan 31, 2017
Sharon joined Coleman Vision in January 2016. She has extensive experience working in ophthalmology and optometry offices since the 1980’s. She pretests patients for their exams, performs diagnostic testing as ordered by the doctors, and trains new contact lens wearers. She has 2 daughters, 2 grandsons,3 granddaughters, and enjoys spending...
Sep 23, 2016
Vision plays a huge role in our quality of life and ability to learn and process the world around us. In the workplace, we are often reminded of the importance of taking a break from the computer screen during our work day. Giving our eyes a rest from our monitors may...
Sep 16, 2016
Imagine a life where you read numbers and words just as you see them, but you are consistently told you are wrong. Or you are given directions, but somehow lose track of the task you were asked to complete, and everyone around you seems to have little patience for your...
Sep 09, 2016
Ocular motor skills and visual tracking are crucial for your child as they learn to read and write. If children are mixing p for q, b for d, and mixing other letters, it could be a sign of a deficiency in the development of their ocular motor skills and visual...
Aug 24, 2016
One of the best things for your child’s developing brain is exercise and movement. Both provide opportunities for children to develop eye-hand coordination, balance, and motor skills. Children should be active every day, and because children love to play, games are a fun easy way to get your kids going!...
Aug 19, 2016
Bilateral integration is the process of learning to use the opposite sides of the body and brain to perform everyday activities. Although the activities and skills required to perform tasks that build bilateral integration appear physical in nature, they also activate the two hemispheres of the brain preparing the brain...
Aug 19, 2016
August is when we start our back to school preparation. It’s time for filling out forms, buying school clothes, and school supplies. August is also Vision and Learning month, which is a good reminder that we need to take care of our children’s eye health as they enter the school...
Aug 12, 2016
Being able to understand and identify visual milestones in your child is very important to make sure your child’s eyesight develops properly. Proper eyesight is important as children grow and learn about the world around them. Here are some important milestones to identify as your child grows from birth through...
Jul 28, 2016
Early childhood development is something that all parents should be concerned about as their children grow. While much of the motor skills and vision tracking that your child learns as an infant will be key in their performance and learning ability later on, much of their brain development takes place...
Jul 25, 2016
Click image to view larger With eye care, you can’t always trust the symptoms that you see on the surface. Just like an iceberg, there is a lot hidden beneath the surface that you can’t see. It is easy to assume that if your child is a poor reader or...
Jul 15, 2016
There are important cognitive and physical skills that are developed through tummy time. Mothers that don’t give their babies adequate tummy time may notice delays such as learning to crawl properly. These delays can impact the child’s learning into their school-aged years. Let’s take a look at some of the...
Jul 08, 2016
"Before I began vision therapy ar Coleman Vision, reading and schoolwork were very hard for me. Throughout the process, I began to notice little changes. Over time all the little things added up to completely changing my life." "Now, things I struggled with before: focus, reading and comprehension, have all...
Jul 01, 2016
When we first came to Coleman Vision one year ago, I was extremely upset. My fun, bright and smart little guy was not doing well. He was having a lot of trouble in school, connecting with other children and he was just sad all of the time. Just mentioning spelling...
Jun 24, 2016
Sharpened senses and accurate perception are two factors that dramatically affect athletic performance. Both are directly related to your vision. If you or your children are in athletics and want to compete with top performance, then great vision is critical. Coleman Vision offers Elite Vision Training to optimize visual skills...
Jun 17, 2016
Did you know that Coleman Vision has been offering vision therapy to the Joplin area for more than twenty-five years? During that time, Dr. David Coleman, Dr. Jeff Coleman and the staff at Coleman Vision have helped hundreds of children overcome vision related problems through their comprehensive vision therapy program. One of our main...
Jun 10, 2016
School is out, and maybe the year didn't go quite like you and your child had hoped. Summer break is a great time to reflect with your student and determine how you can work together to have a better year when school resumes. The first thing to consider is that...
Jun 03, 2016
At Coleman Vision, we have been providing vision therapy to the people and families of the 4 states for over 25 years. Even though we've been doing this for such a long time, many people still have questions about vision therapy. Here are the answers to the most common vision...
May 31, 2016
Sometimes you have to see beyond the surface to find the problem. Our iWellness Screening is similar to an MRI for the eye. It’s a painless procedure that only takes seconds and provides a high-definition image of the retina. iWellness screenings reveal your complete ocular anatomy and confirm the health...
May 27, 2016
We talk to so many patients and prospective patients and we know that vision insurance is increasingly rare in an employee benefits package. We always work with patients to find a way to afford life-changing eye care and vision therapy. While many don't have vision insurance, we find it pretty...
May 05, 2016
At some point, most of us have experienced the feeling of motion sickness. You know, when you're riding in a car on a winding road or reading on a plane and you begin to feel nauseous. If you've been there, you probably just assume, like most people, this is normal...
Apr 15, 2016
Take a Glow-in-the-dark Bath! Spring weather might get them outdoors, but it sure gets kids dirty! So, have fun getting cleaned up. Most dollar stores carry inexpensive glow in the dark sticks. We usually think about these for fun night time activities outdoors, but they can create a fun bath time...
Apr 07, 2016
Every day we talk to parents and grandparents who are dealing with conflict with their kids and grandkids. Conflict is a natural part of life, but when priorities clash, relationships can go on the skids. Some conflicts have been building for years by the time we are involved. Parents and...
Feb 25, 2016
There’s no substitute for the quality of life good vision offers. Adding powerful antioxidants and quality nutrients to your diet every day – either through foods or supplements – can help save your vision. Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients with the reduction of risk of certain eye diseases, including macular...
Feb 16, 2016
Working with a child who is having difficulty with reading and learning can be initially challenging. Yet, with each failure it becomes more and more frustrating, and emotionally draining. You are sitting in your dining room, working with your child, watching him trying to read the same paragraph for the...
Feb 04, 2016
Spelling can be a difficult for some children to grasp. There can be many factors influencing your child’s learning process and those can delay their ability to learn how to spell. We've put together a list of five steps you can take to help improve your child's spelling. STEP ONE:...
Jan 28, 2016
Before I started vision therapy, I was having a hard time doing everyday things such as driving. I just thought it was difficult for everyone. I was also struggling in school and found I was frustrated all the time. I never thought my eyes could be the problem. Considering I...
Jan 21, 2016
Many families across the nation are struggling with children and grandchildren with autism. The one thing all organizations agree on is the fact that there is no one cause of autism and as a disorder with a very wide spectrum, there are are also many different approaches to treatment. As...
Jan 14, 2016
Why is CranioSacral Therapy so Important? CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Few body structures have more influence over your health and well-being...
Jan 07, 2016
If you are like many moms, you probably dreaded when it was time to write in school. You were most likely expected to write some essays in high school and maybe even a term paper before you graduated. If you went on to college, you probably breathed a sigh of...
Dec 23, 2015
It happens to moms all over the United States. While you're figuring out how to get a hot, nutritional meal on the table, your child is supposed to be getting homework done. The problem is that dinner is burning because you're checking in on your kid every five minutes because...
Nov 18, 2015
WHAT IS A TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS? Trace mineral analysis is a test which measures the mineral content of your hair. Mineral content of the hair reflects the mineral content of the body’s tissues. If a mineral deficiency or excess exists in the hair, it usually indicates a mineral deficiency or...
Oct 09, 2015
Anyone who is found ill and no explanation can be found, or when the cause seems to be found but the therapy is not wholly effective. Efficient Visual Function and Visual Processing requires proper mineral balances. Therapies involving enhancement of the brain/sensory function is more successful if the body is...