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WHAT MAKES THE COMPREHENSIVE VISION THERAPY CENTER UNIQUE?

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BRAIN INJURY
Approximately 70% of all sensory input fibers to the brain begin in the eye. This is more than twice the neural input of all the other senses combined. For perspective, the auditory nerve contains 30,000 neurons compared to the 1,000,000 neurons in the optic nerve.

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VISION THERAPY
Vision therapy is a sequence of therapeutic procedures that develop efficient visual skills and visual processing. An integral part of vision therapy is an individually prescribed program monitored by a doctor using lenses, filters, occluders, specialized instruments and computer programs.

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EXAMINATIONS
We spend a significant amount of time doing exams with our patients because of our belief in a holistic approach to eye care. To us, providing comprehensive vision care means listening carefully to ascertain your visual needs. In other words, you will never be “just another patient” in our office.

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Approximately 61% of Americans Require Some Form of Vision Correction

80% of All Vision Issues Can Be Improved or Corrected

Muscles that control the eyes are the most active in the body.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

In the November 11 edition of the American Optometric Association bulletin “AOA First Look”, Dr. Suter was recognized for writing a blog titled “ Hemianopia or Spatial Neglect—Can You Tell the Difference?” This blog is a contribution to the launch of a new blog series by the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), in conjunction with the Primary Care Optometry News.

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Optometrist Discusses The Visual Causes Of Dizziness
Penelope Suter, OD, an optometrist in private practice in Bakersfield, wrote in a piece for the optometry blog on 9/4 that dizziness often has vestibular causes, but people sometimes use the word “dizzy” to describe symptoms with visual causes. For example, “visual midline shift syndrome after brain injury can give patients a feeling of dizziness because their perception of what is straight ahead in space is out of sync with reality.” Dr. Suter also discusses how subtle vertical phorias, or misalignments, can cause people to feel dizzy.

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Helping You Use Your Vision to its Highest Potential. When it
comes to your vision, seeing clearly and having healthy eyes is just the beginning. The goal of our practice is to maximize your vision through deliberate, patient-centered care in a comfortable and caring atmosphere. In doing so, we strive to help you achieve your highest potential.

Our practice is focused on providing specialty services in neuro-optometry, as well as diagnosis and treatment of functional developmental vision deficits (over the lifespan). We do this through careful diagnosis, as well as therapeutic treatment using lenses, prisms, specific tints, partial patches, and vision therapy to develop the visual skills required to function comfortably and efficiently.

SERVICES WE PROVIDE

Diagnosis and treatment for:
Learning Related Vision Problems
Vision Deficits related to Reading and Attention Difficulties, such as eye teaming and tracking, as well as visual perception and visual memory deficits
Eye Teaming and Focusing Problems causing Eyestrain, Double Vision, or Headache.
Eyeturns and Lazy Eye (AKA Amblyopia)
Developmental Issues That Impact the Visual System such as Autism Spectrum
Sports Vision Testing and Training
Neuro-Optometry
Post Stroke/Post Traumatic Brain Injury Diagnosis and Rehabilitation
  • Visual Field Loss
  • Visual Spatial Neglect
  • Double Vision
  • Dizziness
  • Balance and Orientation Problems
  • Reading difficulties
  • Visual Memory Loss

Workups for Non-Vestibular Imbalance, Dizziness and Disorientation

The optometrists and staff at Dr. Penelope S. Suter’s office are proud to serve patients in Bakersfield as well as surrounding communities such as Fresno, Lancaster, Lake Isabella, Arvin, Delano, Frazier Park, Lamont, Palmdale, Porterville, Shafter, Taft, Techachapi, Visalia, Wasco and many more.