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Concussion and Vision Therapy

Following a brain injury, such as a concussion, complications can arise involving the eyes and vision.

Provide your Child with a Brighter Future

Myopia can significantly impact your child’s performance in school and sports, and lead to serious eye diseases later in life.

Nurturing Young Eyes: A Guide to Myopia Management in Children

As parents, it's natural to want the best for our children, including their eye health. Myopia, or nearsightedness, is becoming increasingly common among kids. In this blog, we'll explore myopia management, the factors contributing to myopia progression in children, and the role of digital devices. We'll also provide valuable tips...

Myopia is Increasing as Technology Use Increases

Myopia impacts your child’s school performance, learning, and athletics and can potentially lead to serious sight-robbing eye diseases later in life. These include macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment.

Could My Headaches Be Caused By Vision Problems?

If you suffer from headaches, you may have an underlying problem with your visual system due to a neurological issue.

The Link Between High Myopia and Serious Eye Diseases

High myopia – severe nearsightedness – is associated with an increased risk of serious eye diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, and cataracts.

Can Vision Therapy Benefit A Child With a Learning Disability?

Vision therapy can address underlying visual problems that can mimic or exacerbate a learning disability.

Eye Exam Saves Woman’s Life by Detecting Brain Tumor Early

Here's how eye exams helped save Katie's vision and quality of life. Call Child and Family Vision Center to schedule your appointment.

Concussions & Vision Problems After a Car Accident

Car accidents can often result in a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury that can cause vision problems.

How Can Poor Vision Affect Your Child’s Behavior?

Did you know that poor visual skills can contribute to behavioral problems in children? Read on to learn how vision therapy can help address these behavioral issues and how Child and Family Vision Center can help.

Want to be a Better Skier? Consider Sports Vision Training!

Want to be a better skier? By enhancing your visual skills, you can radically improve your performance on the mountain slopes. Contact Child and Family Vision Center in Ankeny to discover how sports vision training can help you be the skier you wish to be!

Experts Warn of Rising Levels Of Myopia

Discover why experts say there’s a myopia epidemic, and learn what you can do to keep your kids’ eyes healthy. Child and Family Vision Center proudly offers myopia management treatments to nearsighted children for healthy and clear life-long vision.

7 Eye Care Tips for the Holiday Season

Your eye experts at Child and Family Vision Center have compiled our top 7 tips for keeping your eyes healthy and safe this holiday season. Let us know how else we can help!

How Visual Skills Affect Soccer Performance

Optimizing your soccer performance should go beyond building muscle and endurance. Boosting your game should also include honing the visual skills you need to be the best soccer player you can be. That’s where sports vision training at Child and Family Vision Center can help.

Retraining The Concussed Brain Using Neuro-Optometry

Post trauma vision syndrome (PTVS) can persist long after a concussion, making everyday tasks difficult. Luckily, neuro-optometry can treat many visual post-concussion symptoms. Learn about neuro-optometry and how it can help you.

City Kids Are More Likely To Be Nearsighted

Did you know that a risk factor for developing myopia (nearsightedness) is living in an urban area? But don’t worry – the myopia management program at Child and Family Vision Center can help.

Blurred Vision And Headaches — What’s the Connection

If you suffer from headaches accompanied by blurred vision, you may have an underlying problem with your visual system. Read on to discover how blurred vision and headaches are linked, and how Child and Family Vision Center can help.

What Causes a Child to Be a Slow Learner?

When a child is considered a ‘slow learner,’ parents and teachers often assume the problem is ADHD or a learning disability. Many don’t realize that a visual deficit is at the root of the problem. Find out how vision therapy can help your child succeed in school and in sports.

Elevate Your Game on the Hockey Rink with Sports Vision Training!

Hockey is one of the fastest and most exciting sports out there. But to be great at hockey, your brain needs to be able to instantly process visual information. Read on to learn how sports vision training at Child and Family Vision Center can help you be the athlete you want to be.

Is Your Child Doing Poorly in School? Here’s What You Need to Know

Have you ever seen a child who struggles in school despite trying hard to succeed? They could have an undetected vision problem that makes reading and learning a struggle. If a child’s visual skills are the culprit, vision therapy can help.

Protect Your Eyes With These Contact Lens Safety Tips

It's Contact Lens Safety Month, which makes it the perfect time to brush up on ways to keep your eyes and vision healthy when wearing contact lenses. Here are our top contact lens safety tips to keep your peepers happy.

What’s The Difference Between Traumatic And Non-Traumatic Brain Injuries?

There are 2 main types of brain injuries - traumatic and non-traumatic. Here, we'll explain the difference between these injuries and how Child and Family Vision Center can help.

Why Glasses Are Not the Solution for Progressive Myopia

Traditional myopia correction uses glasses to improve visual acuity, but they are not a solution for controlling myopia’s progression and may even contribute to worsening myopia. Myopia management is an effective treatment program to slow or halt myopia progression.

How Poor Eye Tracking Impacts Reading

Eye tracking is a visual skill necessary for academic success. Poor eye tracking skills can compromise your child’s ability to read and learn. Fortunately, vision therapy can help strengthen a child’s eye tracking skills and make reading and learning easier.

Are You Suddenly Seeing Dark Spots? Here’s What You Should Do

Seeing floaters is common and usually nothing to worry about. Yet there are times when floaters are a sign of a serious eye condition. Here’s what you need to know about eye floaters, and how Child and Family Vision Center can help!

Can Vision Be Trained to Improve Sports Performance?

There are many reasons why developing visual skills should play an important role in your sports training program. Schedule an appointment with a sports vision optometrist and see how sports vision training can give you that competitive edge you seek!

3 Effective Ways to Relieve Dry Eyes

Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions in the world, yet many people put up with the discomfort, even though it's very treatable. Here are tips to help you deal with your dry eye symptoms, along with treatment from your eye doctor.

What’s an Ocular Migraine?

An ocular migraine can cause the sudden appearance of visual distortions, and even temporary blindness in one eye. Either way, an ocular migraine can be quite scary.

Giving Vision Therapy The Attention It Deserves

If you’ve ever wondered why some medical professionals don’t mention vision therapy as a treatment for visual problems caused by a concussion and other medical conditions, you’ll want to read this. Here’s why we think vision therapy is often overlooked.

5 Eye Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Here are 5 eye symptoms that you should never ignore. Call Child and Family Vision Center without delay if you or a loved one experiences any of these eye or vision problems.

5 Types of Sports Injuries That Affect Vision

Sports injuries often affect the eyes and can lead to blurry vision — even vision loss. Consider sports vision training and wear protective eyewear to keep your vision safe.

Start The Year Right With A Pediatric Eye Exam

Every child should have a comprehensive eye exam before the start of the new school year. Just as you wouldn’t consider sending them to school without a backpack or a lunch box, make sure their eyes and vision are ready for the challenges ahead.

Looking for a Sports Vision Optometrist? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you want to improve your sports performance, then you've come to the right place! Our sports vision optometrist can help you hone important visual skills to help you succeed at your sport.

Why All Kids with ADHD Should Have Their Eyes Examined

Children with ADHD commonly have visual problems, such as convergence insufficiency, tracking difficulties, and others. Fortunately, vision therapy is an effective treatment for these and other lagging visual skills. Read on to learn more!

Can I Be Blinded By A Nerf® Gun?

Did you know that Nerf® guns, a supposedly safe children’s toy, have been shown to cause eye injury in certain cases? What makes them so dangerous?

Hyperopia and Your Child

Hyperopia affects near vision in children and young adults. Want to know more about hyperopia? Here we explain ways to recognize the condition and help your child if they have it.

4 Ways a Stroke Can Impact Vision

In this article, we explore the various ways a stroke can negatively affect a person’s vision and explain how a neuro-optometrist can help rehabilitate vision.

The Importance of Contrast Sensitivity In Baseball

Step up to the plate with sharp visual skills like contrast sensitivity and watch your game improve. Sports vision training will help improve your sports performance.

Are Children with IEPs More Likely to Have Vision Problems?

Children with IEPs — individualizedsupport in school — are more likely to experience problems with their eyes’ ability to track, team and focus, but these problems are rarely detected in a standard school screening. A comprehensive developmental vision exam can detect these and other problems with your child’s visual system.

Can Cataract Surgery Prevent Dementia?

Cataract surgery not only improves vision. Research suggests that cataract surgery may also prevent cognitive decline.

June 27 Is National Sunglasses Day!

Here’s how you can celebrate National Sunglasses Day on June 27.

Screen Time Can Lead To Eye Strain And Convergence Insufficiency In Children

With an increase in online learning comes an increase in digital eye strain and convergence insufficiency, two conditions that can be effectively treated with vision therapy.

4 Reasons Why Your Child May Be Refusing to Read

Children whose visual skills aren’t fully developed find it difficult and frustrating to read. Learn why your child may not want to read, and how vision therapy can help.

Why Are Blue Eyes More Sensitive To Light?

Since blue eyes contain very little melanin — a pigment that helps block out light, including the sun’s harmful UV rays and blue light — they often feel more sensitive to bright light. Find out more.

5 Vision Therapy Myths Debunked

It’s important to get the facts straight. Here are 5 myths — and truths — about vision therapy.