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Vision therapy can help with learning-related vision problems

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There is help for children having visual difficulties that cannot be managed fully with eyeglasses or contact lenses. It’s a specialty of Dr. Steven A. Levin, a National Optometrist of the Year Recipient who has treated thousands of children during his 37 years of practice.

The Levin Eye Care Center in Whiting offers a Vision Therapy program designed to identify hidden learning-related vision problems. Dr. Levin, who is also a recipient of the Indiana Optometrist of the Year award, answers a few questions about vision therapy.

Q: What is vision therapy?

It is the neurological re-education of the visual system in order to improve and enhance it. Most cases we see are children not living up to their potential academically or they’re having reading, comprehension and learning problems. There are also cases where their eyes are turning in or turning out—they can’t use both eyes together. We can align those eyes through therapy. To get a good functional vision you want to be able to use both eyes at the same time.

Q: How does a child qualify for the therapy and what are some symptoms that show a need for this treatment?

A lot of children we see come in with symptoms that include having a difficult time in school. The teachers have noticed tracking difficulties and the child is not able to focus. The child could be skipping lines when they read or omitting words or reversing letters and words. A child comes in for a full comprehension evaluation, and based on that, we go through some other testing—something we call a developmental vision evaluation. We look at the entire visual system. You have to understand that 80 percent of what we learn in the classroom comes from the visional system and 80 percent of that comes from doing close work.

What we have to do is look at this visual system and how the child is bringing information into it. We look at how it’s being received. The brain has to organize and interpret this information and then it sends it out to other areas of the brain that we use, like visual memory, hand-eye coordination, handwriting and things like that. This information modifies information coming back in again so you have a continuous loop.

Q: What are the benefits of vision therapy? 

Once you reorganize the visual system, what you notice is they start doing much better academically. What we see with our children when they go with therapy is their life skills change and they develop more confidence. They’re happier and the frustration goes down. The parents are happier and so are the siblings, because now they’re getting as much attention as that child. Many times the child becomes more social. These kinds of vision problems for a child affect the entire family, and when you are able to help the child, then you’re also helping the family and things get better for everyone.

Q: Is vision therapy something children undergo at the office only?

It’s usually an office program about once or twice a week. Usually a session runs an hour and then they’re given home therapy to do, which is about four to five times a week.

Q: What else would you like to tell parents about vision therapy and children?

You want to keep an eye on their development and how they keep up academically with the rest of the class. Parents usually have a pretty good idea of what their child’s potential could be. If a teacher or a parent just has a gut feeling that there is something going on, it’s time to bring them in for an evaluation. With the demands children have academically in our society, it’s very important you give them every chance to succeed.

Q: What is it like to help children with eye care?

The most satisfying part of my practice is when a child comes up and hugs me. It keeps me going every day. There’s no better satisfaction than when you’ve changed a child’s life.

Originally published at www.nwitimes.com

DO YOU HAVE CHRONIC HEADACHES? Find out why…

Written by Levin Eye Care on . Posted in Eye Health

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Are you suffering from headaches? You may want to ask yourself when your last eye exam was!

If you have undetected or uncorrected vision problems, you may be suffering from headaches needlessly.

Headaches Can Be Caused By Eyestrain

A routine eye exam can uncover a variety of issues that may be causing headaches.While most headaches aren’t necessarily caused by vision problems, it is important to get your eyes checked on a regular basis to make sure.

Eyestrain is caused when the small muscles of the eye are forced to work harder than normal. This can result in tired, aching eyes, blurred vision and frequent or chronic headaches. Eyestrain associated with headaches can be caused by a number of things such as:

  • Astigmatism: the cornea is not a normal shape. This causes people to squint in order to focus their vision which can lead to headaches.
  • Hyperopia: also known as farsightedness, the eye focuses images behind the retina instead of directly on it, causing blurred vision, eyestrain and headaches.
  • Presbyopia: this occurs as the lens becomes hard and inflexible with age. Lens hardening makes it more difficult to focus, causing sore eyes and, you guessed it, headaches.

It’s important to remember that most eye conditions can be corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses. In addition, those who already wear prescription glasses or lenses and get headaches may not be aware that their eyes have changed over time. Many people simply need their prescription updated.

Whatever the case, if your headaches are a result of vision problems such as the above mentioned, relief is in sight. All it takes is a visit to your eye care professional!

More Serious Issues Can Be At The Root Of The Problem

Glaucoma has also been known to cause headaches. Glaucoma is an eye disease characterized by a buildup of fluid in the eye, causing increased internal eye pressure. This pressure may lead to severe headaches in some cases.

People with cataracts may also suffer from headaches. As cataracts develop, usually due to age, the lens of the eye becomes clouded and the person’s ability to see is slowly diminished. As vision becomes limited, the eye works harder to see and focus, often causing eyestrain and head pain.

Get Your Eyes Checked

If you’re in doubt about the cause of your headaches, a good place to start is at your optometrist’s office! Because our eyes naturally compensate for vision problems to a certain degree, some issues may affect us without us realizing it. For this reason, many people often fail to link headaches to problems with the eyes.

Your health, comfort and well-being are important to us. If visual impairment is causing your headaches, we can identify the problem and help you improve your quality of life. Feel free to call or come in with any questions you may have!

We love our patients! Thank you for your loyalty!

The Dior Eyewear Collection: Elegant And Sophisticated

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Are you looking for high-quality craftsmanship without sacrificing your sense of style? Do you want innovative design combined with a feel of timelessness? We’re proud to offer Dior eyewear in our practice!

Dior eyewear has it all.

What It Means To Wear Dior

The Dior eyewear collection focuses on more than just fashion. With the cutting-edge materials used to make every pair of Dior glasses, you don’t just get the look you want, you get optimal protection for your eyes!

Known for their modern design with vintage influences, whichever frames you choose will be a timeless addition to your wardrobe.

Buy Your Frames And Sunglasses at Levin Eye Care Center located in Whiting, In. We are just 20 minutes away from downtown Chicago. 

We Adore Dior!

Dior offers a variety of appealing looks for both men and women. With their sophisticated design and unique style, it’s no wonder we adore Dior!

Indulge today with Dior!

The Contact Lens Care Guide: Do’s And Don’ts

Written by Levin Eye Care on . Posted in Eye Health

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Contact lenses are safe, comfortable, and can change your lifestyle! However, taking proper care of them is crucial to your vision health.

Improper contact care or cleaning can lead to infection and, in severe cases, vision loss. Remember these tips when it comes to contact lens care:

Your Optometrist Knows Best

To avoid eye infection or other vision problems, wear contact lenses as prescribed by your eye care professional. Even with a prescription, not all contacts will be right for your eyes or lifestyle. Consult with your optometrist to see what contacts are best for you.

As with any prescription, contact lens prescriptions expire. See your optometrist yearly or as recommended to ensure you continue to have an accurate and appropriate prescription for your eyes.

When It Comes To Contact Lenses, Sharing Is Not Caring

Remember, your contact lenses should never touch anyone’s eyes but your own.Using another’s lenses can spread harmful particles or infection from their eyes to yours. Not fun!

Follow The Recommended Replacement Schedule

Don’t stretch out your lenses longer than your eye care professional recommends. Daily disposable lenses are designed to be worn once and then thrown away. Other contacts are designed to last longer and need to be properly cleaned and stored. Whatever you choose, replace your contacts as recommended.

Do Not Sleep In Your Contacts

This is perhaps the most disregarded instruction when it comes to contact lens wear. Unless you are prescribed “extended wear” contacts, wearing your contacts at night deprives your eyes of much needed oxygen and can lead to serious problems.

A Good Cleaning Regimen Will Protect Your Eyes

Basic cleaning care for contact lenses consists of five easy steps:

  1. Wash your hands. The last thing you want to do is transfer germs from your hands to your eyes!
  2. Rub the lens. Using a few drops of the recommended solution, rub the lens in the palm of your hand. This will clean off any debris or protein buildup.
  3. Rinse. To get off any loosened debris, rinse the contacts with solution taking as long as the package directs.
  4. Use fresh solution to store. Never use your old solution from the day before. This solution will not properly disinfect your contact lenses and can cause infections.
  5. Repeat. Simply repeat these steps for your other lens!

Remember to never use tap water on lenses or even put them in your mouth to “rinse” them. Microorganisms can live in even the cleanest water and can cause damage to your sight.

Our Job Is To Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Following these steps as well as the guidelines from your eye care professional is the single best way to avoid eye infections. At our practice, your health is our priority. Please contact us if you have any questions about contact lens care!

We love our patients. Thank you for your continued loyalty!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Image by Flickr user MarLeah Cole used underCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Ocular Superfoods: Foods That Promote Healthy Vision

Written by Levin Eye Care on . Posted in Eye Health

We’ve heard more than once that carrots are good for our eyes. But they’re certainly not the only food that can benefit our sight!

Here are some of our favorite foods that help promote and maintain healthy eyes.

Leafy Greens And Vegetables

Here is yet another reason to eat your green veggies! Kale, spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, watercress, and collard greens are all filled with vitamin C, beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin—important nutrients for healthy vision. Lutein and zeaxanthin absorb 40-90 percent of blue light intensity, meaning these protective greens act like sunscreen for your eyes! The antioxidants they contain also help protect against eye damage that results from cigarette smoke and air pollution.

Brussel sprouts–although not leafy–are also a green veggie chock full of vitamin C.

Let’s not forget the carrot! Carrots contain beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that prevents night blindness and promotes a healthy retina. Similarly beneficial orange-colored vegetables are sweet potatoes and pumpkins.

Fruits

Fruit is a must when it comes to getting that all-important vitamin C in your diet.Citrus fruits and berries are a great source of vitamin C and help reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—two of the leading causes of adult blindness.

Açai, for instance, is loaded with both vitamins A and C and protects the retina from free radical damage. Blueberries are especially good for your health, reducing your risk of cataracts, glaucoma, heart disease, and cancer.

Seeds And Nuts

Vitamin C has a companion: vitamin E. This duo works together to keep healthy tissue strong. Nuts such as pistachios, walnuts, pecans, and almonds; and seeds such as sunflower seeds, for example, are excellent sources of vitamin E and zinc. They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids which tremendously boost your eye health.

A tablespoon of wheat germ oil in your salad is also a great way to get your vitamin E. Fun fact: it only takes one handful (an ounce) of almonds to get about half of your daily dose of vitamin E. It’s as easy as that!

Proteins

Seafood, red meat, and eggs are the best proteins for your eyes. Fish such assalmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which may help protect against dry eyes, macular degeneration, and cataracts.

Oysters, crab, beef, and eggs are great sources of zinc, which helps keep your retina healthy. Egg yolk is also a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, just like the leafy greens we talked about.

Do Your Eyes A Favor

The next time you want to pass on the vegetables, remember the important benefits they provide for your eyes as well as your whole body health! We’re passionate about helping you see the very best you can! If you have questions about how your diet can benefit your lifelong vision health, let us know!

Thank you for being a valued patient and friend.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Healthy Vision Goes Beyond 20/20 Eyesight

Written by Levin Eye Care on . Posted in Eye Health

A lot of people think that as long as they have 20/20 vision, they don’t need to worry about their eyes. We wish that near or farsightedness was the only problem, but unfortunately that just isn’t the case.

Your eyes do a lot of work every day and it is up to you to protect them! Lots of people don’t understand the risks that come from just going about our day to day lives. Factors such as your job, your family history, your lifestyle, and UV rays can play into resulting eye problems.

Some don’t even realize they are having eye problems or that they aren’t seeing as well as they could. You can never really know until you receive a comprehensive eye exam.

According to the National Eye Institute, “Most Americans would rather lose a limb, their memory, or their hearing rather than their vision.” Don’t risk it – call us at (219) 659-3050 today to schedule your eye exam and make sure your eyes aren’t neglected.

Next to life itself, God’s greatest gift to man is vision, and to the service of that vision we sincerely and faithfully dedicate ourselves.
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Laura Henry
Laura Henry

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 day ago

My early elementary school aged son has gone through 2 sessions of vision therapy and it has greatly helped him. His grades and tests scores are way up and he truly enjoys reading now. Dr. Levin and Ms. Janet the therapist do exceptional work. The progress my son has made is phenomenal. I would recommend this program to anyone with a child struggling in school due to vision issues.

Gwen Stricker
Gwen Stricker

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

Before coming to Levin Eye Care Center for vision therapy, I had trouble reading and seeing things clearly whether nearby or in the distance. After working through the vision therapy program, it improved my vision and allowed my eyes to work as a team. I have been coming back for eye exams since then, and always have a positive experience. I’ll be moving to New York for graduate school and studying architecture at Columbia University and I can say without a doubt that the Levin Eye Care Center vision therapy program has helped me get there. I wish I could take the practice and Dr. Levin with me!

Monique Miller
Monique Miller

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

Definitely 5 stars!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Staff is so kind & helpful. They were able to fit me in on the times & dates I needed. I have a very busy schedule & they worked around it.
When it came to selecting glasses Tianna VERY patient & helpful. She helped me find the perfect fit glasses. They have a large selection of amazing designer glasses & sunglasses!!! Can't thank her enough for helping me!
Dr. Levin always wonderful. Makes sure I am seeing 20/20 every visit. This the 3rd time I have seen Dr. Levin.
He also took extra time making sure my contacts were the perfect fit. I have very sensitive eyes. He ordered a variety of contacts just to make sure I found the ones that fit my eye best.
Highly recommend this wonderful eye care center!!!!!!!!!!!

Monique Miller

04-30-2018

Heather Castle
Heather Castle

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

I have been seeing Dr. Levin for over 20 years and will continue to do so. Dr. Levin takes a personal interest in each patient. I know he will take the best care of my eyes. I travel 30 minutes to continue visiting Levin Eye Care center.
The staff is very helpful in answering any questions or selecting my next pair of glasses.

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