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Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

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...

What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness

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...

Halloween Eye Safety

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...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

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...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

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...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

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...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 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...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

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...

Got a Shiner!

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...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

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...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

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...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

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...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

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....

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

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...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

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...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

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...

Understanding Eye Color

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...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

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,...
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SHARON, OPTOMETRIC TECHNICIAN

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...
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Vision Based Learning and Children's Eye Exercises

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...
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What You Should Know About Slow Processing Speed

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...
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Toys That Help Develop Ocular Motor Skills and Visual Tracking

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...
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Great Whole Body Movement Games for your Children

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!...
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Bilateral Integration – Crossing the Midline

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...
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Back to School Prep

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...
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Visual Milestones for Reading – What to Look for

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...
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Games That Train Your Child's Brain

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...
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Symptoms Are Misleading

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...
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Lack of Tummy Time Could Cause Learning Delays

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...
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A Kid's Success Story

"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...
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A Mom's Story

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...
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How Great Sports Performance is Related to Great Vision

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...

Your Guide to Vision Therapy

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...
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Three Important Tips to Improve the Next School Year

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...
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Answers to the Most Common Vision Therapy Questions

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...
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See Beyond the Surface with an iWellness Screening?

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...
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Flexible Spending Money and Eye Care

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...

Can Vision Therapy Help Your Motion Sickness?

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...

5 Fun (and Cheap) Things to do with your Kids this Spring!

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...
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Six Tips for Better Conflict Resolution with Your Child

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...

Nutrition and Your Eye Health

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...
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Reading Problems: An Often Overlooked Solution

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...
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5 Tips to Improve Your Child's Spelling

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:...
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Shelby's Vision Therapy Success Story

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...
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The Connection Between Autism and Vision Therapy

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...
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Craniosacral Therapy

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...
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Four Tips to Improve Your Child's Writing

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...
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Three Strategies to End Homework Wars

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...

Biochemical/Hair Analysis Info

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...

Who needs a hair analysis?

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...
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