Vivian’s Success Story

VDC_VivianThe good news keeps rolling here at the VDC! After years of being passed on because her acuity was great, Vivian finally arrived at the Vision Development Center, and received help. She gets to head in to her new school year better prepared for the academic challenges. This is Vivian’s story as told by Kristy (mom):

“I have so many thoughts running through my head. Where to start? Yesterday when Vivian was doing her testing again and she could read all the letters and keep her head still while following with her eyes, I wanted to cry tears of joy. I have suspected since kindergarten (she is now in 4th grade) something was slowing her down from her potential. She is a good, smart student, but I could tell reading was a struggle. However, everyone would pass her through (eye doctors) because she has 20/20 vision. I am so thankful for the caring staff and their special training for this program has helped our daughter tremendously.”

Graduation day was emotional for Miss Shawna. She will miss Vivian’s exuberant personality!


Zachary’s Success Story

VDC_ZacharyZachary’s Success Story brings tears to our eyes. This precious little boy won our hearts! Dr. Ashley and staff fell in love with Zachary and his family. Here’s Mom’s thoughts on his treatment here and success:

“Zachary Sinnk was born with brain anomalies, and visual impairment. Because of these obstacles he is developmentally delayed. We were told by an ophthalmologist that Zach couldn’t be helped, that there was nothing that could be done to improve his situation. After additional research I learned of The Vision Development Center and was able to have Zach seen by Dr. Ashley Reddell. She saw potential for him to improve and agreed to take him on as a patient. After only two sessions, Zach showed improvement! The team at the Vision Development Center not only helped Zach to improve, but they counseled me and his care provider on exercises we can do at home, and ways to help him improve. I was very impressed with their positive outlook and openness, as well as their resolve to help him, and help us learn. They have really made a difference in our lives. I would recommend their services to anyone.”

Peach Cobbler

Here’s another yummy recipe from Dr. Reddell’s mom!

1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
1 large can sliced peaches

Pre-heat oven to 375°. Cut up stick of butter and put in bottom of a 9×12 baking dish. Mix sugar, flour and milk until batter is smooth. Pour over butter. Gently place the peach slices over the batter using a fork. Slowly pour juice over the slices until you have covered the entire dish. This may or may not take all the juice.

Bake at 375° for 35-40 or until the crust has come to the top and is golden brown.

**Try the recipe using other fruits too!

Prevent Sports-Related Eye Injuries

Hospital emergency rooms report treating more than 40,000 sports-related eye injuries every year. About 90 percent of these could be prevented through the use of protective eyewear.

The American Medical Association classifies sports as collision (football, rugby, hockey, lacrosse), contact (baseball, soccer, basketball, wrestling), noncontact (cross-country running, track, tennis, crew, swimming), and other (bowling, golf, archery, field events). Basketball, water sports, baseball, and racquet sports account for most injuries, but any competitive activity can potentially be a threat to eye health and vision.

Prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses and even on-the-job industrial safety glasses typically do not provide adequate protection for sports use. That’s why athletes should be fitted with protective eyewear specifically designed for sports.

Lenses in sports eyewear usually are made of polycarbonate – an impact-resistant lens material that also blocks harmful ultraviolet rays. Sports frames should fit securely and comfortably and may come with rubber padding to cushion the frame where it comes in contact with the head or the nose area.

Even if you have 20/20 vision, the right sports eyewear can reduce glare and enhance contrast to help you see even better and react faster, and most importantly, protect your eyes so you can enjoy the sports you love for years to come.

Cataract Concerns

A cataract occurs when a buildup of protein in the lens prevents light from passing clearly through the lens and makes vision cloudy. Cataract symptoms may not be noticeable right away, but as it progresses you may notice:

  • Blurred vision, double vision, ghost images, or the sense of a “film” over the eyes
  • Changes in the way you see color because the discolored lens acts as a filter
  • Problems driving at night such as glare or a “halo” effect from oncoming headlights
  • Lights seem too dim for reading or close-up work
  • Sudden or frequent changes in glasses prescription. Or if changing your prescription does not improve vision.
  • You notice a milky or yellowish spot in the center of your pupil (the center of your eye that is normally black)

If the cataract is in early stages, vision may be corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. As cataracts progress, the degree of vision loss may lead to your optometrist recommending cataract surgery. This procedure is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today. In fact, more than 3 million cataract surgeries are performed in the United States every year, with the vast majority of these procedures producing excellent visual outcomes.

If you have noticed any of the symptoms above or have questions about cataracts, please contact our office to schedule an eye exam.

High Blood Pressure and Vision

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. High blood pressure (HBP) can cause damage to the heart, but it can also affect many other parts of the body, including the eyes.

The retina is tissue located in the back of your eye that transmits signals along the optic nerve to the brain, which interprets those signals as sight. When blood pressure is too high, the blood vessels in the retina may become narrow, which then restricts blood flow from the retina. This can put pressure on the optic nerve, causing vision problems and may lead to hypertensive retinopathy.

HBP can also lead to optic neuropathy – a condition where blocked blood flow damages the optic nerve. It can kill nerve cells in your eyes, which may cause vision loss or bleeding within your eye.

Another way high blood pressure can affect your eyes is a condition called choroidopathy – a buildup of fluid under the retina. This can result in distorted vision or in some cases scarring that impairs vision.

For your overall health, and to protect your vision, it is best to have your blood pressure checked periodically. If you have HBP, eat a nutritious diet, exercise and follow your doctor’s treatment recommendations.