Luminopia, a digital therapeutics company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Luminopia One as a prescription therapy to improve vision in children with amblyopia.
There are times when everything you can think of to comfort a child doesn’t work for Levi Chisolm. Levi can’t walk or talk and has seizures.
“There’s been some really hard days on this journey, so we’re just praying that there’s light on the other side of all this,” said Levi’s mom, Meagan Chisolm.
It’s impossible to know exactly how Kyle Young came down with a vestibular dysfunction that has the Ohio State fifth-year senior sidelined. Forecasting an exact return to action, too, is a challenge at the moment.
But the good news is that Young is healing, making progress and looking forward to getting back onto the court soon for the Buckeyes.
When the Ithaca College wrestling team competed for the first time since the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships on March 1, 2020, the team was missing one of the best wrestlers on its roster: senior captain Logan Ninos. Ninos was not on the mat during the Ithaca Invitational on Nov. 5 and 6, and will not compete again after doctors advised him to stop wrestling due to multiple concussions.
Some eye conditions are more common in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These include refractive errors, such as astigmatism, and convergence insufficiency, which makes it difficult for the eyes to remain aligned when looking at nearby objects.
Up to 60% of the human adult body is water — even more if one counts the intracellular fluid. The brain is nearly three-fourths water, and the eye, of course, is filled with and bathed in fluid.
Most people tend to think about this water within us as neutral or inactive, but in fact it plays many critical biological roles throughout the body, brain and visual system.
Myopia—also known as nearsightedness—is a vision condition in which people have difficulty seeing things from a distance. Though there are several ways to treat myopia, none of them actually reverse a person’s vision changes.
Nearly half of adolescents and young adults with lingering symptoms of concussion suffer from an eye coordination disorder that causes blurred and double vision, headaches and difficulties concentrating. There is no proven method for treating the condition when it occurs after a head injury.
“The disorder makes it hard to read books, work on a computer or even use a smartphone, and the impact on cognition and learning can be severe. It also delays the return to sports, work and driving for young people,” said Tara Alvarez, a professor of biomedical engineering at NJIT and an expert on convergence insufficiency (CI), a condition in which the muscles that control eye movements don’t coordinate to focus on near objects.
In the early 2000s, when Angie Huskison’s brother underwent vision therapy at age 31, “it literally changed his life,” Huskison said.
Since then, starting her own business was always in the back of Huskison’s mind.
A vision therapist at the Columbus office of Snider Therapy Centers, Inc., with a background in fitness — she taught aerobics and aquatics classes and worked as a personal trainer — Huskison long sought a way to combine her two passions.
Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the crash. While the crash is nothing to celebrate, Armstrong’s recovery is nothing short of a miracle.
David Walker, Tamera Walker, and Victoria Walker of Farmersville, TX, died that day. Armstrong suffered a severe traumatic brain injury and endured weeks in the ICU and rehab at the Centre for Neuro Skills in Webster, TX.
“It’s been a long journey. I don’t really remember much from the beginning. Four weeks in the ICU, two and a half weeks at TIRR in Houston. Not really a lot of memories from that I do remember,” said Armstrong. “I do remember about the middle of October when I went to the Center for Neuro Skills. I really started to progress rapidly. I began walking independently without a Walker or without someone nearby to catch me.”
There is increasing recognition of the role of vision post-traumatic brain injury (TBI) and great demand for optometrists who can work collaboratively with hospitals, concussion care clinics and rehab facilities. A typical scenario for me is to evaluate a patient while he or she is in the hospital for intensive inpatient rehabilitation. I may see them once or twice at that facility before they are discharged home or to a skilled nursing facility, after which they come to my office for further treatment.
Dakotah works with two boys who are 12 and 13 years old in vision therapy and CrossFit. He said it has been interesting to see how CrossFit helps them with their vision and how vision therapy helps them with their hand-eye coordination.
“Vision therapy and understanding how important vision is to academics…blurred vision, double vision. Students won’t be learning at the same level because they can’t see things clearly,” Bomgardner said.
Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald Can Catch A Football With His Eyes Closed, Here’s How You Can Too
As a kid, Fitzgerald suffered from a vision problem that made it difficult to pay attention in school. His grandfather Dr. Robert Johnson, an optometrist, worked with Fitzgerald to overcome his disability through vision therapy. Fitzgerald believes that one of the keys to his success in the NFL stemmed from this eye strengthening he received as a child. Inspired by his grandfather’s initial visual acuity drills, Fitzgerald soon came up with his own drills at home. Night after night, Fitzgerald would lie awake in his bed and throw a football up in the air, catching it in his dark bedroom. He claims he caught the majority of the tosses, which developed into his uncanny feel for the ball in the air during games.
A concussion can present symptoms falling into six categories—cognitive/fatigue, vestibular, ocular, post-traumatic migraine, cervical and anxiety/mood—and each symptom has its own unique treatment to be most effectively managed. “The key is you match the right treatment to the right problem and if you do that, this stuff is treatable,” Collins says. For example, ocular symptoms meas an athlete is struggling to coordinate their eyes together. One eye might be slower to adjust than the other. In that case, the athlete would undergo specific vision therapy, exercises designed to retrain the eyes to move as one unit.
Many athletes need excellent vision to perform well in their sports, and now many are adding something new to their practice regimens: vision training. The idea has been around for years, but only recently have studies hinted that it might really work — that it might be possible to train yourself to see better without resorting to glasses or surgery.
After her two concussions, Mader, 22, was bedridden for three weeks and underwent vision therapy for two months. When she was finally allowed to return to the soccer pitch, she experienced episodes of anxiety.
Deanna Lugo couldn’t understand why her 9-year-old daughter Analeina was struggling with reading. It wasn’t until Analeina’s optometrist, chiropractor and pediatrician recommended vision therapy and referred her to Dr. Penelope Suter that it was discovered that Analeina had convergence insufficiency and accommodative insufficiency, which means she has trouble focusing and maintaining focus on near items, like the words in a book.
Though Camille has been taking part in many types of therapy, Galli attributes much of Camille’s progress in reading, and conducting herself in the world generally, to vision therapy. The same is true for Francesca Dennis, Brian’s mother, even though during the time her son was doing vision therapy he also switched schools, a change that, Dennis told me, vastly improved his life. And Jack, the boy from Atlanta with the language disorder, began for the first time to receive speech therapy while he was doing vision therapy. When I asked Allred whether Jack’s progress might just as well have been because of his speech therapy, she said: “To be honest with you, I don’t think you can tell. From my perspective, I don’t care. Are you going to deny your kid a therapy just to see if another therapy works? I’m mostly going on my gut.”
When first assessing an injured equestrian, Harris notes the following so she has a baseline for each patient: balance, visual scanning, and how the body responds to specific questions. She also notes the patient’s pain level and strength. She then considers which modalities mighty best help the patient return to a normal lifestyle; these include vision therapy, balance therapy, physical therapy, exertional therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
“It’s a strict regimen, workout therapy for two hours a day,” Cooper said. “I started vision therapy today to work on my vision. I do that 45 minutes a day and I am feeling great,” he added.
After a neurologist told Ginsburg she may never walk again, she became determined to prove him wrong. “I started an intense vision therapy protocol, fighting against daily pain, nausea, vertigo, and fatigue,” Ginsburg recalls, “It’s not easy learning to walk and see and drive again. It’s not easy to work hard at anything for a long time, especially when progress is slow. If you expect it to be easy, you’ll just end up frustrated when it isn’t. But, I refused to give up.”
After receiving vision therapy to address his eyes not working together, Pierre was diagnosed with a reading and writing disability, which made his schooling more difficult. He was determined to not utilize any special services in high school and, according to Jill, has maintained a 4.0 GPA despite needing about three times as long to read something as a normal student.
What should you do if you suspect your child has ADHD? Experts recommend that he be evaluated for functional vision problems by a certified optometrist, and also be evaluated for ADHD. If convergence insufficiency is diagnosed, vision therapy is usually recommended. The therapy helps a child’s eyes work together by teaching the eyes to move properly without fatigue. It is typically done by a developmental optometrist (OD) or a vision therapist, who works under an OD’s supervision.
Gibson and Truitt settled on Dr. David L. Cook in Marietta, where Truitt would spend two months in vision therapy. Gibson said Cook has worked with NFL players who have suffered concussions.
As visual therapy continues to be grow as a viable solution to concussion-related symptoms, there will be increased opportunity for technological tools to create further solutions for both eye-care professionals and patients to more effectively address these ‘invisible’ symptoms