Category: health

My brother doesn’t go to school…

The shy 10-year old girl is very attentive while I check her vision. She follows the instructions very well and does exactly what she is told. We start by checking her refractive error, that is, the optical properties of her…

Bias In Evidence-based Care of Learning Difficulties

The term ‘evidence-based medicine‘ (EBM) has risen to celebrity, perhaps religious, status among healthcare practitioners. The term, when used, suggests that a particular treatment is preferred because there is evidence that it works. The medical and pharmaceutical industries love this…

The Charles Adler Show

I was fortunate enough to have the chance to chat with national radio host Charles Adler on September 10, 2012, regarding a paper I co-authored called “Visual Impediments to Learning”, slated to be published this Winter in the Journal of…

Macular Degeneration Part 1

The macula, short for ‘macula lutea’, is literally a ‘small yellow spot’ (from Old English and Latin) at the back of the eye. If you are looking at something, you are directing the light of the scene onto the macula,…

Out, damned spot!

What was troubling Lady Macbeth when she spoke these words was perhaps more troubling than when most people see ‘spots’. Persistent spots in one’s vision, otherwise known as ‘floaters’, are common and generally nothing more than an inconvenience and a…

NIHB Gets It Right

I’ve been writing for some time on issues of the importance of proper vision management for children in school. Currently, vision and how it affects learning and behavior is largely ignored in schools of medicine, psychology, and education. Not that…

ADHD Medications and Learning Outcomes

A recent study reviewed at www.sciencedaily.com (link below) has concluded that the earlier you start children on medications for ADHD, the better off they fare in class. This was based on a comparison of children who were required to take…

The Cost of Ignoring Vision in Learning

As I’ve written many times in the past, there is a real cost to not addressing vision as a fundamental need in learning. That is, by NOT assessing and managing such  basic need, many children struggle against themselves to try…

Tinted Lenses and Dyslexia

I appreciate when teachers and parents ask about tinted lenses as a possible solution for dyslexia – this tells me there is an acknowledgement of the role of vision in reading and learning. People will sometimes ask about ‘Irlen’ lenses.…