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Vision and Autism: Autism Awareness Month

By Dr. Penelope S. Suter, O.D., FCOVD | May 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Vision and Autism: Autism Awareness Month
Autism Awareness Month

From the COVD blog: 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 in 68 children, the message from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) in recognition of Autism Awareness Month…

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Learn the Early Signs of Autism

By Dr. Penelope S. Suter, O.D., FCOVD | April 20, 2017 | Comments Off on Learn the Early Signs of Autism
Autism Speaks Autism Awareness Month

Autism Speaks’ multi-year Ad Council public service advertising campaign stresses the importance of recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services. Recent research confirms that appropriate screening can determine whether a child is at risk for autism as young as one year. While every child develops differently, we also know that early…

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Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Prism Lenses

By Dr. Penelope S. Suter, O.D., FCOVD | April 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Prism Lenses

Anna M. Barrett, MD, is a cognitive neurologist and neuroscientist; she is also the director of Stroke Rehabilitation Research at Kessler Foundation, co-leader of the KIR Stroke Rehabilitation Program, chief of Neurorehabilitation Program Innovation, and a professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Her ongoing research overviews the close relationship…

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What are TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms?

By Dr. Penelope S. Suter, O.D., FCOVD | April 3, 2017 | Comments Off on What are TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms?

(click image to enlarge) A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in many forms such as a blow to the head, a motor vehicle accident, or a whiplash. It disrupts the normal function of the brain and may cause problems with balance, spatial orientation, visual motor skills, and cognitive function. This can happen to anyone…

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Warning: Clean Your Contacts Regularly

By Dr. Penelope S. Suter, O.D., FCOVD | February 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Warning: Clean Your Contacts Regularly
Contacts

Free-living amoebae can cause a severe sight-threatening infection of the cornea known as Acanthamoeba keratitis. The number of reported cases worldwide is increasing year after year, mostly in contact lens wearers. Make sure you are cleaning your contact lenses regularly and correctly. Watch this video for more information.

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Three Blind Men and an Elephant: Post Brain-Injury Vision Rehabilitation Seminar

By Dr. Penelope S. Suter, O.D., FCOVD | February 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Three Blind Men and an Elephant: Post Brain-Injury Vision Rehabilitation Seminar

Come join our very own doctor, Penelope S. Suter, OD, FCOVD, FNORA this weekend as she talks more about Brain Injury and Vision Rehabilitation. Since March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, this Practicum would provide more insight about Brain Injury and treatment options readily available. Click to Enlarge: Click here to download the flier. Click…

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KAN Conference Series 2017

By Dr. Penelope S. Suter, O.D., FCOVD | February 14, 2017 | Comments Off on KAN Conference Series 2017

On January 10, 2017, staff members Rousina Arelleno and Shari L. Stamps attended the Kern Autism Network Conference series at the Canyon Hills Church located on 7001 Auburn Street. Dr. Suter’s office is one of several local sponsors who provide information about visual processing deficits in children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. The guest…

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Interdisciplinary Research to Restore Binocular Coordination | Tara Alvarez | TEDxNJIT

By Dr. Penelope S. Suter, O.D., FCOVD | February 2, 2017 | Comments Off on Interdisciplinary Research to Restore Binocular Coordination | Tara Alvarez | TEDxNJIT

Tara Alvarez is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). After obtaining her Ph.D. in BME at Rutgers University and partaking in numerous research at Bell Labs, she helped found NJIT’s BME Department in 2001. Alvarez and her team seek to understand how the brain works as it locates…

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5 Ways to Protect Your Eyes in the Winter Season

By Dr. Penelope S. Suter, O.D., FCOVD | December 29, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Protect Your Eyes in the Winter Season

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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2016 Toys to Avoid to Keep Eyes Safe

By Dr. Penelope S. Suter, O.D., FCOVD | December 13, 2016 | Comments Off on 2016 Toys to Avoid to Keep Eyes Safe

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly a quarter of a million children go to the emergency room each year due to toy-related injuries. Half of these injuries are to the face, and many are eye injuries. About 35% of these are in children under 5. Below is a list of kinds of…

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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 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, general optometry, vision therapy, diagnosis and treatment of eye disease and conditions and the treatment of vision issues that result from brain injury or other neurological compromise.