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Welcome patients of Dr. William McDonald!

June 27, 2014

Dr. William McDonald, formerly located at 5500 Ming Ave., has announced his retirement and has entrusted us with his patient records and care. We are happy to welcome Dr. McDonald’s patients to our office. All patient calls for vision examinations, optical needs, or records should be directed to our office at 869-2010, and our doctors…

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Kern Autism Network Conference

April 22, 2014

On Friday March 14, 2014 the Kern Autism Network held it’s annual conference at Hodel’s restaurant in Bakersfield, California. Hundreds of people with autism spectrum disorders, families, and professionals came out to hear about changes to the DSM-5 and to gain insight into help with relationships impacted by Autism. Numerous vendors were on hand with…

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Health South Stroke Survivors Support Group

April 22, 2014

Dr. Suter was recently invited to speak to the Bakersfield Health South Rehabilitation Hospital stroke survivors support group. She was able to share information on post-stroke vision problems and the effect of vision on balance with a great group of about 25 stroke survivors, family members and therapists. Besides presenting a quick tour of visual…

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Susan R. Barry, Author of "Fixing My Gaze" Speaks at TEDx

April 17, 2014

Susan R. Barry is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts. In this TEDx talk, she discusses her discovery as an adult of how vision therapy could improve her vision.   “For most of my life, the last place I wanted to be was an eye doctor’s office. I had…

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Vision Therapy Helps Toddler with Microphthalmia

April 15, 2014

Written by Shari L. Stamps This is my grandson Nikolai who was born with a rare condition called Microphthalmia where one or both eyes are smaller and underdeveloped leading to visual impairment or blindness. Nik’s left eye is blind and he has limited range of motion… in his right eye which is improving through vision therapy.…

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Our Vision Therapy Journey – Part 3 of 3

February 27, 2014

So as we were going through the whole process from the past two posts, we shared what we were learning with friends and family.  And we found out that several of our friends – many adult males – said that they remember having the same struggles when they were  young…and some of them continue to…

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Our Vision Therapy Journey – Part 2 of 3

February 24, 2014

So after all the testing, my hubby and I went to find out the results. The good news was that he had 20/20 vision at all distances.  But as we learned, vision for reading & writing has so much more to do than sight itself. Think about all that has to happen for you to…

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Our Vision Therapy Journey – Part 1 of 3

February 21, 2014

I will be writing over the next week about our journey with vision therapy.  Although we’ve been on this ride for over a year, I hadn’t blogged about it at all because I wanted to protect the privacy of my son’s struggles, and frankly, I wasn’t sure I wanted to if it didn’t work for him. …

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Position Statement on Optometric Vision Therapy By the American Optometric Association (AOA)

February 12, 2014

[Excerpts relevant to vision therapy and learning disabilities, learning disabled children or learning disabled adults (including cases of possible or diagnosed Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), dyslexia)] The American Optometric Association (AOA) affirms its long-standing position that optometric vision therapy is effective in the treatment of physiological…

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Dr. Suter and Other Volunteers Making a Difference in the Community!

January 30, 2014

On the first Monday in January, Dr. Suter was in Lamont, volunteering with the One-Sight Vision Van. She and other volunteer doctors in the community, along with the One-Sight staff, examined 80 children from Arvin, Lamont, and Grimmway schools. Glasses were provided for 78 of those children. While it is not as good as an…

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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.