From July 2014

The Eyes are Windows to Your Health

Eye exams are not just for glasses! The back of the eye is the only place where blood vessels can be viewed directly without breaking skin, so there are diseases that can by caught by an eye doctor before you start noticing symptoms anywhere else. It is so important to have your eyes checked regularly, even if you think your vision is fine. “Regularly” means at least once every two years, or yearly if there are health problems that run in the family.

Follow the link below to see 14 health problems which your eye doctor can see first, including diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid dysfunction, and more!

What Eye Exams Can Tell You About Your Overall Health 

Does My Child Have ADHD?

Is it a learning disability or a vision problem? Sometimes it’s both. For example, some of the symptoms of a vision problem are similar to ADHD. It is not uncommon for kids them to be confused. The best thing to do is have a child’s functional vision tested to determine what the real culprit of the symptoms is, and choose a course of action from there.

Could this be your child? Click below for some examples

Three Examples of How Vision Problems are Mistaken for ADHD

Why Your Kids Need An Eye Exam

Children do not know when their vision is poor. They do not know what the world is supposed to look like, so they cannot tell you when they need to be checked. Failing to fix the problem now can affect their vision for the rest of their lives. This is a quote from a father featured on Humans of New York:

“Do you remember the saddest moment of your life?”
“When I got locked up, for dealing drugs. Actually— I take that back. The saddest moment was when I took my five year old daughter to the doctor and found out she needed glasses. She put on those glasses, and she said: ‘Daddy! Daddy! I can see! I can see!’ Tears just started streaming down my face. What a [omitted] idiot I’d been. We’d take drives to the Catskills, and we’d point out deer to her, and she’d never seem to see them. She’d always say ‘Where!? Where!?’ It should have been obvious. I spent five years trying to give her everything I could, and I messed up the most important thing.’”

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