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Optometrist Discusses The Visual Causes Of Dizziness

October 27, 2020

Dizziness is a common complaint after brain injury. When doctors hear, “I feel dizzy,” there is an immediate assumption of a vestibular system problem. However, patients may use the word “dizzy” to refer to a variety of symptoms, many of which have visual causes. It is worthwhile to dig a little deeper into what they…

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Hemianopia or spatial neglect – can you tell the difference?

December 18, 2019

Visual spatial neglect is a disturbance in the perception of space due to inattention to that area of space. If we cannot attend to an area of space, then not only can we not “see” that area of space, we cannot even know that it exists. If you enjoy reading, the novel, Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova,…

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Parents Speak Out about the Visual Link to Concussion Recovery

February 8, 2019

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and ahead of that we have a press release from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD). The new movie ‘Concussion’ has thrown into the spotlight the real affects of having a child in contact sports like soccer or football and the potential risks of playing contact sports.…

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Fixing My Gaze

January 19, 2019

Vision therapy works for adults too! Susan R. Barry, Professor of Biological Sciences at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts talks about “Fixing My Gaze.” “For most of my life, the last place I wanted to be was an eye doctor’s office. I had been cross-eyed since infancy, and despite three surgeries, remained cross-eyed and…

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5 Ways to Protect Your Eyes in the Winter Season

December 29, 2018

Studies show that sun exposure, no matter what the season, can increase the risk of cataracts, growths (including cancer), macular degeneration, wrinkles, glaucoma, or a condition called snow blindness or photokeratitis.    Photokeratitis is an excruciating eye condition that occurs when your eye is exposed to invisible rays of energy called ultraviolet (UV) rays, either…

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Convergence Insufficiency

November 23, 2018

Convergence insufficiency is an eye teaming problem where the eyes have a difficult time working together and can drift apart during reading and other near activities. Convergence insufficiency often goes undiagnosed because an individual can pass a typical 20/20 eye chart test and still have the problem without knowing it. We recommend bringing your child…

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Understanding Lazy Eye

October 23, 2018

Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, is a condition in which there is blurry or reduced vision in one or both eyes that is correctable by glasses and/or contact lenses. Amblyopia causes more visual loss in children than all the injuries and diseases combined in this age group. Lazy eye causes loss of depth perception…

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"Eyes don’t tell people what to see, people tell eyes what to look for."

September 18, 2018

The phrase above was quoted by Lawrence MacDonald, OD. Dr. MacDonald summed up one of the most important concepts in vision in those words. Too often both the public and eye doctors think of the eye as being like a camera and that we are passive observers of whatever comes in our eyes. However, vision…

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August is Vision & Learning Month

August 7, 2018

We’re declaring 2018 the #SummerofSkills in celebration of Vision & Learning Month in August! Why the Summer of Skills? As technology becomes more and more central to our lives, the increased screen time means kids are starting school without basic skills like hand-eye coordination. Childhood activities like using scissors, drawing, painting, and handwriting are not…

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COVD Supports Autism Awareness

April 11, 2018

A Missing Piece to the Autism Puzzle:  College of Optometrists in Vision Development Shares the Visual Link to Autistic Behaviors COVD Supports Autism Awareness The recent report from the CDC presents an alarming 30% rise in the rate of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from just 2 years ago. Now that the autism rate is 1…

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Dr. Penelope S. Suter and staff are proud to serve patients in Bakersfield as well as surrounding communities such as Arvin, Delano, Frazier Park, Lake Isabella, Lamont, Lancaster, Palmdale, Porterville, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi, Visalia, Wasco, and many more. Our services include, but are not limited to, diagnosis and treatment of vision issues that result in reading, spelling, and other learning deficits, as well as vision dysfunction that results from autism spectrum disorder, brain injury, or other neurological compromise. Treatment may include lenses, prisms, colored filters, vision therapy, and post brain injury vision rehabilitation.