Category: risk

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,…

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…

Hyperopia as Physical Disability Part 2

In the recent post, I focused on hyperopia as a physical disability. This notion, that non-blinding vision dysfunction is a disability will be a new idea to many readers. There are many reasons for this and these are worthy of…

Hyperopia as Physical Disability

Basic farsightedness, or hyperopia, is not the simple opposite to nearsightedness, or myopia. More appropriately, it is the obverse, the complete flip side of a basic principle of human visual function. A recent study confirmed once again that basic visual…

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…