Category: development

What can we do about child vision?

Every week brings in new children to my clinic; children who have hit a dead end with family doctors and paediatricians, as well as with the schools. I run a child vision development clinic, and we see children with apparent…

Astigmatism – A Primer

Astigmatism – A silent and invisible thief. No one should expect parents to understand how vision works, let alone how this might affect their children – even though they might observe very clearly the effects of significant visual impediments. Astigmatism,…

Environmental Causes of Astigmatism

A collection of readings re: the effects of posture on astigmatism. http://www.oepf.org/sites/default/files/Symphony%20Article_1.pdf Forrest-a new model of functional astigmatism Forrest-Astig as fx of visual scan, head scan, posture Forrest-eye scan therapy for astigmatism The_Effect_of_Accommodation_on_Ocular_Shape-Mutti  

AAP Vision Screening Recommendations

Less Than Meets the Eye: When ‘Expert’ Advice is False Economy Pediatricians receive only cursory training in assessing children’s visual function, and only minimal exposure to ophthalmic disease. This is reflected in the visual screening recommendations by The American Academy…

The Human Visual Developmental Pyramid

Vision has often been depicted as a ‘pyramid’, with core functions and systems arriving early in development (the ‘base’) and other more advanced behaviours and skills arriving afterwards, partly as a function of earlier development. The graphic representation is designed…

Vision Blindness – Introduction

(See the Preface here.) There are many uses of the word ‘blind’. The concept is so broadly understood, and feared, that many languages have adopted the term to other common uses. When someone does not appreciate the gravity of a…

Vision Blindness – Preface

Vision. So what. What’s so special about vision? That is, it’s importance cannot be overstated, but as one family doctor told me one day when discussing a child who had recently been given medications for behaviour and emotional concerns, “what…