How Transition Lenses Work

Chances are you have heard of transition lenses; lenses that change from eyeglasses to sunglasses just by walking outside and exposing them to the sun. No, your friends who have them are not some sort of expert magician, but they do have pretty intricate optical...

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Dry Eye: What it is & Isn’t

Chances are you have suffered from dry eyes at some point, and that’s normal. The eyes are delicate organs that can dry out from time to time due to environmental factors, excess computer use, and fatigue. However, dry eye disease is a very real and chronic condition...

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What Is Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy, also known as vision rehabilitation, vision training, or developmental optometry, is a field in which a specific series of exercises, often using lenses, colored filters, and prisms, are practiced to improve the visual system of a patient.  These...

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Meet our Vision Therapists!

We are excited to announce that we now have TWO full time Vision Therapists here at OPMT! We will be now offering Vision Therapy five days a week at our Nashville office.  This is an exciting opportunity because it opens up the schedule to see more patients each week...

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Dry Eye Disease: How The World Can Sabotage Your Comfort And Vision

Dry Eye Disease is a problem sweeping the world's population.  The discomfort suffered, damage caused and visual symptoms caused by it largely go undiagnosed and untreated.   If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may benefit from treatment at OPMT: Dryness...

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OVVO Optics

We are excited to introduce to you the newest addition to our optical, OVVO. OVVO brand frames are handmade and entirely produced in Germany and Poland. The history of these frames dates back to Europe in the Cold War era where a group of scientist worked to develop a...

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Did you know that more than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an acquired brain injury each year? These are injuries to the brain that are not hereditary, congenital or induced by birth trauma. Brain injuries can come in many forms: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)...

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Convergence Insufficiency

What is Convergence Insufficiency? Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is a common near vision problem that interferes with the person’s ability to see, read, learn and work at close distances. The eyes do not work together while trying to focus on an object nearby....

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New Eyezen Lenses

We are now offering the new Eyezen lenses to protect against harmful blue light. First things first, what is harmful blue light? Blue light is a portion of the visible light spectrum with the shortest wavelengths and highest energy. Ok, so  what does that mean? Since...

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Dry Eye Blog

Today, I wanted to talk to you about dry eyes. It seems like we have had quite a few patients in the past couple of months come in because their eyes feel dry. Now, dry eyes are a condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears to sufficiently lubricate the eyes....

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Do you have a dominant eye?

People have a dominant hand that they write with and they also have a dominant leg that they kick with, but did you know that you also have a dominant eye? You use both eyes to see, but one eye works just a little bit harder than the other. Here is a quick and easy...

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Frame Feature

Tired of your same old boring eyewear? Want to spice up your look? Well, check out the sassy frames from Face a Face. These high-end frames are made in France and are influenced by architecture, modern art, and contemporary design. Face A Face offers: Modern style...

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What is Pink Eye?

The Dreaded Pink Eye: Uncovering the Mystery of a Common, Yet Potentially Serious, Eye Condition. What is “pink eye”?  Is it any type of condition where the eye turns a reddish-pink hue?   What causes it?  The phrase “pink eye” is a common term that needs...

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Decorative Contact Lenses

  Halloween right around the corner and everyone is shopping around to find the perfect costume.  There may be one accessory that you may be looking for to add just a little something extra to your look- decorative contact lenses.  We all have seen them and yeah...

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World Sight Day

October 9, 2014 is World Sight Day.  This is a day of awareness to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. The World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness are actively involved in promoting the day on an...

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Multi-Focal Contact Lenses

There are so many different types of contacts out there that I thought I would talk to you today about the multi focal contact lens.  It does exist.  Now multi focal lenses are not for everyone, but I just wanted to give you some information so that you are aware of...

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Floaters

A common question an individual may get asked at their eye exam is if they get floaters in their eyes.  Sometimes an individual may not know what a floater is so I would like to discuss that with you today. Floaters can come in all shapes and sizes.  They can be...

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Frame Feature

  Need some new shades for your Silhouette glasses? We now have 5 new styles of Silhouette Sunglass clips.  These clips are so lightweight and with one quick snap to the nose bridge of your glasses, you get a whole new look. It’s that simple. It’s stylish. It’s...

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Disease Spotlight

  Today’s disease spotlight is Diabetic Retinopathy. What is Diabetic Retinopathy?  Diabetic Retinopathy is a disease that is caused by changes in the blood vessels in the retina. It is the most common diabetic eye disease and one of the leading causes of...

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Nutrition and Eye Health

  In today’s society, a lot of people have been living “life on the go”. Where food is fast and convenient and people might not be concerned about how nutritious it might be.  With that being said, most people in today’s society are not getting the required...

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Eye Exam Every Year?

  Should you get an eye exam every year? Here are the different recommendations for each age group according to the American Optometric Association. 1. Infants- It is recommended that around 6 months of age your infant gets their first eye exam even if there are...

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Daily Disposable Contacts

  Today, I wanted to talk to you about Daily Disposable contact lenses.  These lenses will be worn everyday, but at the end of the day you can throw them away and they can be replaced with new lenses. Disposable lenses have become the most common type of contact...

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Frame Feature

  A couple weeks ago we got in a new line of frames called NW77th at our Belle Meade office.   These are modern eyeglasses with sophisticated designs. These frames are very lightweight, come in a variety of colors and designs. The frames are made out of a special...

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Driving with Low Vision

Today, I wanted to talk to you about driving with low vision. But first, what is low vision? Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery and that interferes with the ability to perform...

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4th of July Eye Safety

  Celebrating the 4th of July is always a fun time consisting of barbeques, festivals, friends and of course fireworks.  We all love to watch the beautiful light show that takes place in the sky and some even like to set off their own fireworks.  Did you know...

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Air Optix Colors

Tired of your same everyday contact lenses? How about trying a contact lens that enhances your natural eye color? Air Optix colored contact lenses are now available for you.  According to the Air Optix website, the contact lenses have ultra-smooth surface which...

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Frame Feature

It is the season of swimming, boating, and beaches which means it is important to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, especially UV rays. If you are looking for the clearest lens on the planet then our Costa Del Mar Sunglasses will be the right fit for...

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Double Vision in Children

In today's blog we are going to talk about double vision. The most common cause of double vision is that the eyes are misaligned, which then causes two different images to be sent to the brain. Typically, the images are either side by side or overlapping. When I have...

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Swimming in contact lenses

It’s almost time for pool season in middle Tennessee and with comes a common question for eye doctors. Can you swim in contact lenses? The best answer to this question is NO. Pools contain a lot of chemicals and bacteria that may be soaked into the lens and cause eye...

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Frame Feature Friday

Today I want to talk about some of the eyewear options available in our Belle Meade and Hendersonville office. If you are looking for eyeglasses that provide a timeless, sophisticated look, and are extremely light-weight, then our Silhouette line of frames is a good...

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Macular Degeneration Study Update

In May of 2013 researchers released the results preliminary results of the AREDS 2 study. AREDS is the Age Related Eye Disease Study and looks specifically at preventing vision loss from age related macular degeneration. Let's talk about what macular degeneration is...

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Home Therapy Tips

In my last blog post, I referenced the most popular blogs. All were connected on how to make therapy more fun. They are popular because doing therapy the recommended 6 times a week can be challenging and by making it more fun it becomes easier. I have stated the...

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Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

How many of you have jobs that put you in front of a computer for hours a day? I hear every day from patients that their eyes just don’t feel good after a work-day. People’s eyes are falling victim to modern times. Spending 8+ hours a day indoors working on a computer...

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Myopia

Do you take your child to the eye doctor every year only to watch their prescription increase? You might be dealing with childhood or adolescent myopia. What is Myopia? Myopia is the technical term for nearsightedness, meaning that a person cannot see well at distance...

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Dry Eye

Have you ever experienced dry eyes? There is a good chance you have or will at some point in your life. Dry eye is a very common issue dealt with in the eye doctor’s office. While dry eye itself is very common it causes are almost limitless. I will try to break it...

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Happy 2014

Happy New Year! I would like to start the first blog of the New Year by taking the time and share the top 5 most popular blog posts in 2013. 1. Workin' the Vestibular System 2. Wii Fit 3. Family Game Night 4. Work That Peripheral Vision 5. Treatment Tools I really...

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Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)

What is a CRT lens? Usually when you think about wearing contact lenses, it is during the daytime to correct your vision. Corneal refractive therapy, (also called orthokeratology) is the exact opposite. A contact lens is worn during sleep and removed while awake. The...

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New Diabetic Contact Lens

In a previous post we mentioned we would be talking about advanced uses of contact lenses. We didn't imagine that it would relate to diabetes! This week researchers from Google announced they have been working on a contact lens that will contain a microchip that can...

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Low Vision Eye Care

Hello readers! Today we are going to share some information about low vision, low vision eye care, and how our eye doctors can help address your low vision needs. To begin with, even though “low vision” or “legally blind” sound like general terms, there are actually...

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Types of Contact Lenses

Have you ever thought about trying contact lenses or wondered if it was even possible? Nearly every person is a candidate to benefit from contact lens wear in some way. In this post we will discuss some of vision correcting options of contact lenses.   Spherical...

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Contact Lenses and Kids

A common question encountered by eye doctors is “when is a child ready to wear contact lenses?” The fact is that there is not a specific age at which a child’s eye is ready to handle a contact. Physically, a child’s eyes will tolerate contact lenses just as well as an...

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Concussion Continued

If you have ever experienced a concussion, there are a number of symptoms that relate to the connection between vision function and concussions. These symptoms can include: –        blurred vision – especially when reading –        headaches associated with reading...

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Concussion

Last week, I blogged about Traumatic Brain Injury. Today, I want to focus on concussions. This is such a hot topic these days. A month ago, PBS Frontline did an investigative piece called, "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis." If you haven't seen it, watch...

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Hendersonville Office Update

What you should know about our Hendersonville location! A few months ago, we posted a blog telling you all about our new Hendersonville eye-care location. I just wanted to keep you informed about our projects going on in that neck of the woods! Dr. Durocher and staff...

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Home Therapy

Being part of a vision therapy program is a lot of hard work. I will be the first to admit it. Our program consists of approximately 30 minutes of one-on-one in-office therapy, one to two times a week. On top of that, we recommend 20-30 minutes of home therapy six...

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It’s a Brain Thing

Coming back from the seminar, I was filled with more knowledge and therapy procedures. I was excited to show my patients some new fun exercises. Today I am going to share some of my notes I  wrote down: Eye turn is not the problem- only a symptom. Eye turn is not an...

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I’m Ready to Learn!

This weekend I am heading to Detroit for an Advance Vision Therapy Seminar. I will be learning more about Strabismus and Amblyopia. I am hoping to bring back more new VT tools and ideas to help my patients. Let's talk about what Strabismus! Straight from the COVD...

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Children’s Eyecare

Pediatric Eye Care—When do children need eye exams? The American Optometric Association suggests that children have their first eye exam at 6 months of age. Kids are kept busy with school, sports, clubs, and social lives, so it’s important for parents and caregivers...

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New Hendersonville Location!

Hello and happy Friday! I am pleased to share some exciting news with you today: We’ve opened a new eye care location in addition to our Nashville office! Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee is now proud to be serving even more of the area with our new office...

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Treatment Tools

Meet Duke, an American Pit Bull Terrier. He is going to help us model each treatment lens we use here at Nashville Vision Therapy. Thanks, Duke! To start us off, Duke is demonstrating his focusing abilities and anticipating a tracking exercise. He gets a little bored...

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Work that Peripheral Vision

Hello, readers. Happy Friday! If you remember, last week we talked about peripheral stability. As promised, here are some fun peripheral awareness exercises for home! A couple of weeks ago I discussed building up the vestibular system. One of the exercises I mentioned...

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Peripheral Stability

Since Autism Awareness month was in April, I have been doing more research on how vision is affected by the diagnosis. As you might remember in this blog, "The goals of treatment may be to help the autistic patient organize visual space and gain peripheral stability...

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Disease-Spotlight: Color Blindness

Today's spotlight is not actually a disease, but a disorder most often caused by affected genes on the X chromosome. A quick flashback to the magic that was 8th-grade science: a human male receives an X chromosome from mom and a Y chromosome from dad. A human female...

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Health and beauty–eyelash edition

For years women have tried different methods for getting the perfect, full eyelashes. From mascara to false lashes to eyelash growth serums, people have tried it all. Lately, there’s a new craze hitting the eyelash market: lash extensions. Lash extensions are being...

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The World in Color

Hello readers! I hope everyone had a safe, happy Fourth of July, full of friends, family, and fireworks! Today I want to point you toward a couple of neat podcasts I found that tackle the topic of color vision. I’ll post a blog in the near future that goes more...

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CNN Article

One of my favorite news apps on my phone is the CNN app. I like the quick videos, and articles of the current events happening around the world. I will say, the "Distraction" videos on CNN are always a favorite. While reading some articles, I stumbled upon this: Man:...

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Skydiving

My fellow teammate has helped me get more organized with my blogs. When looking at the blog scheduled for this week, the subject is "Personal Connection Blog." I wanted to blog about something fun or exciting that I have done and related it to what I do... Vision...

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Closing the School Year

Tis the season for school parties, signing yearbooks, and graduation celebrations. It sounds to me like the end of the school year - and final report cards. This can be a relief, or it can bring on frustrations. How did your child do this year? If your child did...

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Wii Fit

It’s new equipment time at the office again! Our most recent VT addition might surprise you—it’s a Wii Fit! I’m still learning all the in and outs of the new programs that the Wii provides us with here, but what from what I’ve seen so far, this is a fantastic addition...

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It is Library Time

This week, I have had a lot my parents talk about how they took their children to the library. That inspired me to write about how the library is a great resource! This quote sums it up great: By providing a wide range of material and activities, public libraries...

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Foodie-Friday—Fourth of July!

Good morning everyone! I can’t believe it’s already time for another installment of foodie-Friday! This week I wanted to share some recipes I’ve collected for you in case you’re looking to have an eye-healthy Fourth of July! Fourth of July is the perfect reason to...

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Welcome Wednesday

Hello readers! Today I’m happy to introduce our newest Welcome Wednesday, Heather Jones. Heather deals with glaucoma and has started an excellent Facebook page where fellow glaucoma sufferers can commiserate, and share information and insight. Ms. Jones was kind...

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Meet the staff Monday!

Good morning all! Today I’m excited to introduce you to another one of our excellent staff members: Mandie Lambert!   Mandie is the lead technician here at Optometric Physicians, and she also acts as our clinical coordinator, which most recently has involved...

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EYE DO!

Wedding season is in full-force--in fact, I headed up to the great white north (okay, Ohio) to see some dear friends tie the knot this very weekend. In keeping with the matrimonial spirit that’s perfuming the late spring air with love, I’m putting our usual Frame...

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Summer eye-health

Ladies and Gentlemen—summer is (almost) officially here! Since the warm weather is back in season, I think it’s important we talk about how to keep your eyes healthy in the summer. Everyone knows the importance of protecting your skin in the bright sun and in the...

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Disease Spotlight: Glaucoma

Hello readers! Today’s Disease Spotlight will discuss glaucoma. Glaucoma is a frequently heard term when at the eye doctor—in fact if you’ve been to the optometrist as an adult, it’s likely that you’ve been tested for glaucoma. Still, as often as we hear it, not...

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Contact Lens Study

Hello all! You may or may not know that we often participate in Contact Lens Studies here at the office. What does that mean? We work with contact lens developers to help test the latest greatest contact lenses that are designed to improve vision, comfort, and overall...

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Did you know…

Our office is equipped with a Vision Therapy department? Vision therapy (VT) can benefit a wide array of patients, from children to adults. Therapy is generally used to improve binocularity (essentially to help both eyes work together) and achieve maximum potential...

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Foodie-Friday—no small potatoes!

Welcome to our first edition of Foodie Friday! Once a month, I’ll be posting recipes that focus on foods that are GREAT for your eyes! This is the month of all things SWEET POTATO! Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A, which is essential for healthy...

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Welcome Wednesday

Each month we’d like to welcome to the blog someone who has firsthand experience with visual difficulties. This month I’m happy to introduce you to Karli Costley. In the following post, Karly shares some info about her diagnosis with us:   Q. What were you...

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Meet the staff Monday!

Hello readers! I know it's actually Tuesday, but the office was closed this Monday in observance of Memorial Day. From here on out, meet the staff posts will be happening on Mondays! This morning I want to introduce Kati! Kati is one of the optometric technicians at...

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FrameFeature Friday: WooDone

I’m so excited to present one of our newest frame-lines, WooDone! This Italian frame-line was handpicked by our office at this year’s Vision Expo East. We are one of 3 retailers of this line in the US! The other purchase locations are NYC and LA. A quote from the...

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Disease spotlight: Retinoblastoma

In the coming months, we'll be featuring eye diseases both common and obscure, for your information. As always, if there is anything you are particularly curious about, feel free to contact us for more information! Basic Definition: Retinoblastoma is a form of eye...

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EYEnatomy!

One of the hardest things about understanding a medical diagnosis is understanding the terminology. Similarly, explaining problematic symptoms to your doctor can be much easier with a basic knowledge of anatomy. In the interest of eye-education (eyeducation?), allow...

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Welcome!

Welcome to our official blog page! You can check here for posts related to all facets of eye-care, from eye-health to beauty. Here at Optometric Physicians, we believe an essential component of eye-health is education--in order to optimize your vision and your eye...

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Spring has Arrived!

Warmer weather has arrived! It's that time to let you children go outside to play and explore! Today we are going to talk about catching and throwing. We are going to talk about why it is important! Growing up, I played softball.  I never understood the importance of...

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Signs of Autism

Signs of Autism: PSA Provides Parents with a New Look College of Optometrists in Vision Development Release PSA on Autism & Vision Lack of eye contact, staring at spinning objects or light, fleeting peripheral glances, side viewing, and difficulty attending...

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Tell Your World

Want to tell the world about Vision Therapy? Start by telling YOUR world! How did you find out about vision therapy?  Chances are you learned of it through a friend, a teacher, or an optometrist who has experienced the success of vision therapy, and wants to help...

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At Any Age

Last year I wrote a blog about Susan Barry. If you remember she was born "cross-eyed", and she saw her life in only two dimensions. Later in life she saw a Developmental Optometrist and began vision therapy. At age 48 (yes, 48!) she started to see life in 3D! Last...

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Playing to See

One thing that is important to understand about vision is that proper vision is a learned skill, just like balance in the rest of the body, or language. Visual development is linked closely to fine and gross motor development and cognitive development, so when you...

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VT from an Insider

Today, we have a special treat.... a guest blogger. I think you are really going to enjoy reading her perspective of Vision Therapy. Take a look: Hello all! I’m a Vision Therapist in training here at Nashville Vision Therapy at Optometric Physicians of Middle...

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Fun Facts

In the last two weeks there have been NO blogs. Unfortunately, my computer received a lethal virus, and I have been computer-less for almost two weeks. For the time being I will leave you with these facts from the COVD website:   How Vision Problems Can Interfere with...

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It Takes Two

I have wrote several blog post about how to make Vision Therapy fun, and how to incorporate therapy into family time. I am trying to motivate my parents to do the therapy with their children 5-6 times a week. I want to see my students meet their goals! I will do...

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Who is reading this blog?

The Nashville Vision Therapy blog has been a great tool for a lot of my patients. My ideas for each blog usually comes from a conversation with one of my students parents. Yes, I always am listening! My hope is that my readers enjoy what I write and your questions are...

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Family Game Night!

Decades ago, families often spent more quality time together. Nowadays I feel like there are significantly more distractions. At our fingertips, we have 300+ channels on television, iPhones, personal computers, and video games. It seems like family time often takes a...

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Putting 2012 to Bed

As we are closing up 2012, I feel like there is a lot of great things that have happened this year. From our children reading better, to catching touchdowns, to expanding peripheral awareness, to new office gadgets, to a new website, to this new blog! Here at...

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Our New Gadgets and Gizmos

For a long time now I have been wanting to do a blog on the new cool things that have been brought to our office. As our practice grows we have the opportunity to find more ways to accommodate and help our patients. One way we stay up to date is through technology....

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COVD Conference

Happy December! I have had a lot of great feedback from last blog post, titled Travel Therapy. I was going to do an individual blog on Stocking Stuffers, but the list I gave you on Travel Therapy, are all great gifts! Also, a fellow Vision Therapy Center in...

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Travel Therapy!

It is the holiday season, which means... lots of road trips coming our way. When I was growing up, my family traveled at least five hours to see our relatives. I remember coloring, listening to my cassette player (oh yeah!), playing Yahtzee with my brother, and...

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VII: Visual Closure

We have come to the end of our seven-part Perceptual Skill blog series. This post focuses (a little Vision Therapy humor) on Visual Closure, which is the ability to visualize a complete whole when given incomplete information or a partial picture.  Why is this...

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Part VI: Figure Ground

Happy November! We are almost coming to the end of our series about the perceptual skills. Today we are going to discuss Figure-Ground. This skill helps us learn to visually isolate one object from a group of objects. For example, has your child asked, "Mom, I can't...

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Part V: Sequential Memory

Hope all is well in the Vision Therapy world! Last week I was in Fort Worth, Texas, for a COVD seminar. It was a great experience to interact with other therapists. I will expand more on my experience in the next couple of posts. Today's blog is going to be about...

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Part IV: Form Constancy

How many activities from last weeks blog did you incorporate into your child's day? I used a lot during my therapy sessions with my patients! This week is about Form Constancy, which is the ability to mentally turn and rotate objects in our minds and picture what they...

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Part III: Spatial Relations

For the last couple weeks we have been talking about Perceptual Skills. I hope you are enjoying them as much as I am. Today we are going to blog about Spatial Relations. I found a great website by Michelle Pratt, who is an Occupational Therapist.  I loved her website...

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Perceptual Skills, Part I

Last week Dr. Durocher and I were chatting about perceptual skills and what each meant. Before starting Vision Therapy, we evaluate every child through a Perceptual Motor Evaluation (PME). It is about 1.5 hours of testing and we examine each perceptual skill. Each of...

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Teacher Resources

School is back in session! In a previous post, I have blogged about how our vision can affect our learning abilities. With school starting back up, our office is seeing children with common symptoms like skipping lines when reading, poor penmanship, and loss of focus....

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