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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Migraines in the News

A reporter covering the Grammys was taken to the hospital because she had apparently suffered a stroke while on the air.  As it turned out, her sudden lapse into incoherent speech was caused by a migraine. One side of her face went numb and this temporarily affected her speech.

About 20 to 30 percent of migraine sufferers experience some type of sensation (or "aura") other than headache pain before or during the attack. The most common of these are visual symptoms such as flashes of light or other visual phenomena.

A patient may also experience what is known as an "Opthalmic Migraine". In this situation visual disturbances are the only symptom. There is no pain and the attack is painless. It can be a scary situation, though - particularly if it is the first time.  A central blind spot may occur that gets larger over the period of the migraine.  One of the more rare but quite fascinating symptoms is
macrosomatognosia, also known as the "Alice in Wonderland" effect. A patient may feel that a body part or the entire body is much larger than it actually is. The opposite, microsomatognosia, or feeling smaller can also occur.

A migraine is much more than just a bad headache. It is a brain event. Because of this, your doctor may prescribe an anti-epileptic drug for migraine prevention such as Topamax. Ironically, Topamax can sometimes cause visual disturbances of its own. They are:
a sudden decrease in vision with or without eye pain and redness;
a blockage of fluid in the eye causing increased pressure in the eye (secondary angle closure glaucoma)

These eye problems can lead to permanent loss of vision if not treated. You should call your healthcare professional right away if you have any new eye symptoms.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

With the New Year I am going to try to post more regularly on my blog!

This video discusses the importance of vision and learning. Many people, even educators and healthcare practitioners are not aware that Convergence Insufficiency (CI) and ADD/ADHD can be linked - or in some cases a child may be misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD when the behavior problems are, in actuality, caused by a vision problem. We have seen improvements in behavior, grades and overall self-confidence in our patients who have completed our Vision Therapy program.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

What a great fundraiser!

We would like to thank everyone who came out for the Autism Speaks Trunk Show. We raised $350 and everyone had a great time. We decided to keep some of the awesome frames that were on hand so if you missed the event you can still come by and take a look at the hottest new styles.
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Did you see Avatar in 3-D?

If not, you're not alone. According to one study up to 56% of 18 - 38 year olds have some type of problem with binocular vision. All they saw was a flat 2-dimensional picture. For some it was uncomfortable while others don't realize what they are missing. But with vision therapy, this problem can be alleviated. Recently Dr. Susan Barry, professor of neurobiology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Mount Holyoke College, wrote of her vision therapy experience. At the age of 48 she was able to attain stereo vision (or depth perception) for the first time. 

Fixing My Gaze was published in June of last year and details the dramatic change that 3-D vision made in Dr. Barry's life.
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

We've been busy!

Over the holidays we renovated our Low Vision room. For anyone not familiar with this term, here is a good definition:

Low Vision is a vision impairment that significantly impacts the functioning of the patient and cannot be improved either medically or with conventional spectacles/contact lenses. It may present as a decrease of acuity, field loss or distorted vision. The patient may also have problems with contrast (contrast sensitivity) or extreme light sensitivity.

There are things that can be done to greatly enhance the quality of life for a Low Vision patient. If you or someone you know is affected by this, we can help.

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