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Do you know a child in need? Resources for vision help.

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Helping children see and learn better is our passion. We believe so strongly in this mission that we participate in several programs to ensure no child is left behind. Most insurance plans cover a vision examination annually, but if there are concerns of insurance coverage, please call us so we can help navigate your plan. For those that are uninsured or underinsured, there are options.

Each year, we provide free comprehensive vision examinations for children entering kindergarten in August. We have been able to detect and treat conditions that would impact visual development and learning potential. Eye and vision development is of paramount importance when it comes to the success of a child in school, sports and with everyday tasks since 80% of learning is achieved through vision. Please share information about this day with others to encourage parents to bring ALL children in for their eye health examinations.

In addition, we are proud to be both InfantSEE® and Sight For Student providers for our community. InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, our doctors provide a one-time, no-cost comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants between six to twelve months of age regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage. Please encourage parents to include an eye examination on the list of well-baby check-ups. Assessments at six to twelve months of age can determine healthy development of vision. Early detection of eye conditions is the best way to ensure a baby has healthy vision for successful development-now and in the future.

Sight for Students is a charity that provides free vision exams and glasses to low-income,
uninsured children. The program operates nationally through a network of community partners, such as local school nurses, who identify children in need and connect them with doctors who provide the eye care services and eyewear free of charge, like Bright Eyes Vision Clinic.

We also support Optometry Giving Sight, an organization that provides eye and vision care in third world countries. OGS is different because their goal is to prevent and eliminate the main cause of blindness and vision impairment-uncorrected refractive error! Their secondary goal is finding ways for efforts to be sustainable. A one time gift of a pair of glasses is great, but being able to train local people and helping create a more permanent solution to vision impairment is better!

Finally, some vision conditions are not treatable with glasses or even surgery, but are best managed with vision therapy/neuro-rehabilitation. These conditions can impact learning, attention and behavior, but can be successfully treated. We do offer a sliding fee scale scholarship program for low-income families so that no child needs to suffer with these vision issues.

Do you know a child in need? If you have any questions please contact us for more information.

www.infantsee.org
www.sightforstudents.org
www.givingsight.org

Trying to pay it forward,

Bright Eyes Vision Clinic

Otsego + Minnetonka, MN

763-241-1090

www.brighteyesvisionclinic.com

www.thechildrenseyedoctor.com

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Hillary Clinton suffers from Vision Issues Post Brain Injury

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Hillary wearing Fresnel prism, an indication that she is suffering from double vision.

Visual Symptoms in patients following an ABI or Concussion:

  • Double vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Poor tolerance to fluorescent lights
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Attention or concentration difficulties
  • Staring behavior (low blink rate)
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Loss of place when reading
  • Comprehension problems when reading
  • Visual memory problems
  • Pulls away from objects when they are brought close to him/her
  • Bumps into objects when walking
  • Poor balance or posture

What is Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation?

In addition to working with adults and children with learning related vision issues, strabismus and convergence issues, we have begun seeing more patients with vision issues stemming from concussions, strokes or other head injuries. These patients are often left with vision issues following their treatments but not often given solutions to alleviate those symptoms!

Post concussion vision disorders:

As optometrists, we often see adults and children with a history of concussion or head traumas. Because vision is pervasive through the brain, it is extremely common to have visual issues after a brain injury or concussion.

Fortunately, many of these conditions and symptoms are well-managed or treatable. Treatments include lenses, spectacle prism, Fresnel prism, tints, home therapy techniques, in-office vision therapy, education and collaboration with other medical professionals such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech/language therapy, etc. In my experience, the vast majority of post-concussive patients have an immediate improvement in comfort with a change in lens prescription.

Some symptoms subside with time, but many do not. Studies by Cohen demonstrated vergence difficulties were essentially the same in the acute phase compared to three years later. This and other studies show that there is no reason for patients to wait (suffer) to get help.

My recommendation is for patients with concussions, especially those with visual symptoms, to be seen as soon as possible since symptoms and untreated vision issues can reduce quality of life and outcome of rehab.

You may have heard about Hillary Clinton’s recent TBI/concussion after a fall this December. It appears that she is receiving treatment for diplopia as she is sporting a Fresnel prism on her lenses in recent photographs. Hopefully, she is receiving visual care from an optometrist so she can make a full recovery.

If you or someone you know is has sustained a concussion or brain injury, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 763-241-1090 or email drschultz@

thechildrenseyedoctor.com if you have any questions in general about Neuro-optometric rehabilitation or a specific patient case. We love helping our patients reach their maximum potential.

Thank you,

Jill Schultz, OD, FAAO, FCOVD