Dr. Winters is one of five authors for the COVD Blog. COVD, or the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, is the international association of Optometrists that practice in vision development and vision therapy. Below are Dr. Winters’ blog posts. Please feel free to also visit the COVD Blog and read blog posts from other authors. You may also be interested in reading the Vision Help Blog, another prominent blog by developmental optometrists.
I have another set of entries outside of the Science and Splash that I would like to share. I affectionately call it “Diary of a Strabismic Kid.” As a developmental optometrist that works with Strabismus (eye turns), I get a glimpse into the world of what it is like to have a turned eye or lazy eye. I have learned so much from these patients over the last few months that I would like to share what I am learning with all of you. Most of us only see what can be seen on the outside. In many cases, it is very easy to see when...full story
So today, let’s talk science. I recently had a conversation with a well-known pediatric neuropsychologist in my area. She is a very caring and competent practitioner by all counts. She expressed some concerns about referring patients to me. She said while she felt the science would validate vision therapy in the future, she did not feel that there was enough scientific evidence currently demonstrating the relationship between the vision problems we treat, such as Convergence Insufficiency, and academic performance. She felt that...full story
I have just spent sometime venturing through the blogosphere of mothers with children with ADHD. I was so impressed with these brave women that write about their experiences, triumphs, and challenges in raising their children with ADHD. Many of their accounts truly broke my heart. This is an excerpt from Penny Williams blog “A Mom’s View of ADHD” where she describes her experience of trying to find a good fit for educating her son with ADHD: “I live in search mode these days, ever since my son Luke, age nine, was diagnosed...full story
This is a great article and video done by CBS Boston. It beautifully highlights some children similar to the ones I see in my office everyday – children that struggle in school due to undiagnosed treatable vision problems. Dr. John Abondanzza, a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), does a great job of describing the types of vision problems with which these children are struggling. The story highlights a child named Jacob, whose mother is a school teacher, and who has struggled in school and with...full story
As I go out and speak with parents, teachers, and doctors, I am almost invariably asked one question. How can we do a better job of detecting vision problems in our children? It really is a great question when you consider the following grim statistics: One in four children have a vision problem that can affect learning1 60% of students identified as problem learners have undetected vision problems2 64% of children ages five and younger have never had their vision screened by a healthcare professional3 32-63% of vision problems...full story