Category: Clinically Speaking

Practical advice for readers.

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,…

Reflex Integration Training

Introduction: The post Retained Primitive Reflexes provides a general overview of early (neonatal) reflexes. These are starting points for us, behaviourally speaking, and provide the foundation upon which we build more complex behaviours that allow us to explore our world.…

Sight Tests Not Needed

Every now and then, a blog post reveals truths about a writer or a body that was never intended as part of the original goal of writing. Doctors of optometric vision rehabilitation will recognize in the blog post linked below…

The Vision Help Blog

The Vision Help blog has been around for some time and is one of my favourite sources for clinical commentary, research, and good ol’ fashioned ‘soap-boxing’. Dr. Len Press, one of the primary contributors to the site, is a world-renown…

Bruckner Reflex

From: Assessment of a modification of Brückner’s test as a screening modality for anisometropia and strabismus – Abadan Khan Amitava1, D Kewlani1, Z Khan2, A Razzak2 Figure 1 : A – Photographic Bruckner reflex in a 10 years female: Note…

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…

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…

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.…

Assessing Visual Impediments to Learning

Visual Impediment to Learning Checklist and Notes: Download and share this PDF. VIL Symptom Checklist and Notes Introduction Visual Impediments to Learning (VIL) are the most common undetected cause of apparent learning and reading difficulties. VIL even affect children who…