Wednesday, October 10, 2012

On World Sight Day, Optometrist Emphasizes Importance of Having Children's Eyes Examined World Sight Day aims to educate people worldwide about importance of vision screenings

On World Sight Day, Optometrist Emphasizes Importance of Having Children's Eyes Examined World Sight Day aims to educate people worldwide about importance of vision screenings 

....Thursday, October 11 is World Sight Day and a young optometrist on the north-side of Chicago is encouraging parents to make sure their children have been properly examined, so they don't suffer the consequences of vision issues when they get to school.

"Children's eye exams are critical," said Dr. Stephanie Lyons, who opened Lyons Family Eye Care two years ago for both children and adults. "Vision problems don't always manifest as squinting. Kids with vision issues may act out or avoid reading. The implication is that these kids may have behavioral issues and may have a hard time keeping up in school." A few months ago, Dr. Lyons added the latest cutting edge technology, Spot vision screener, to her practice to help quickly and efficiently identify vision issues in her patients.

"Right now, we are using Spot to screen everyone under 18 years of age," said Dr. Lyons, who received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and her doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry....

Comments: Dr. Lyons is a former student of mine from the Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry and now (I'm proud to say) we are colleagues. Since I am also seeing patients at LFEC on Wednesdays....my former student is now my boss!I figure I must have done something right!

LFEC is a high tech/high touch office that I love to work in seeing incredibly interesting patients (those with binocular vision problems, developmental and acquired disability) and doing optometric vision therapy several times a week. For more info on LFEC click here. For more info on the high tech/high touch office click Chicago Practice Puts the Eye in iPad . LFEC was recently interviewed for a Wild Chicago segment....stay tuned! BTW the folks who make the Spot Vision Screener and I often "have words" when it comes to the value of vision screening (not so good). I must say that after using the Spot with many of my more challenging patients, it appears to be an excellent device! DM
 

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