Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice. The items are displayed by year and month. To view older entries use the links in the box below to select the year and month you would like.
Dec 28, 2021
To be a great quarterback you need more than just speed, strength, and a competitive mentality. You also need top-notch visual skills. Learn how you can benefit from sports vision training today!
Dec 28, 2021
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.
Dec 22, 2021
Collisions are a fact of life for many amateur and professional athletes. Unfortunately, head injuries raise their risk of developing sometimes incapacitating conditions and diseases in the future. Here are 6 conditions associated with sustaining multiple concussions.
Nov 29, 2021
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.
Nov 26, 2021
A blow to the head may result in a blow to one’s self-esteem. Read on to learn why and how a neuro-optometrist can help.
Nov 26, 2021
A Formula 1 driver’s body goes through a lot during a 90-minute race. Aiming for speeds of over 200 miles per hour requires physical strength and conditioning. It also requires drivers to react with split-second accuracy. This is where sports vision training comes into play.
Oct 31, 2021
People with autism have trouble processing and responding to sensory input, including visual input. What many don’t realize is that visual problems may be causing or contributing to the visual sensory issues some autistic people experience. When this is the case, vision therapy can often help.
Oct 26, 2021
Want to become a better athlete? Look no further! Here are 3 essential visual skills you need to take your game to the next level.
Sep 30, 2021
Poor visual skills can impact a child's self-esteem and confidence levels. Find out how vision therapy can unlock your child’s hidden potential and offer them the confidence and happiness they deserve.
Sep 30, 2021
Athletes, whether pro or amateur, need to be acutely aware of their surroundings. This not only improves their game, but can also prevent an unwanted concussion. Explore the following sports vision exercises you can try at home.
Sep 19, 2021
Lyme disease, an infection caused by a tick bite, can affect many parts of your body, including your eyes. Learn how Lyme disease can harm your eyes if not treated promptly.
Aug 31, 2021
Post traumatic vision syndrome is a group of visual deficits caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Fortunately, neuro-optometric rehabilitation can improve your functional vision post-TBI so that you can get back to doing the things you love most.
Aug 29, 2021
It's important to understand that vision and learning are intertwined. Make sure your child’s vision isn’t holding them back from succeeding in school by scheduling a comprehensive eye evaluation today!
Aug 15, 2021
Baseball is one of the most challenging sports from a visual standpoint. Sports vision training can significantly improve a player’s performance by honing the visual skills needed to excel in baseball.
Aug 12, 2021
By Dr. Debbie Luk, BSc(Hons), OD, FCOVD, Dr. Shaelen Morrison, BSc(Hons), OD, and Dr. Alison Leung, OD Vision is an integral part of a child’s learning and development. Vision is the fourth most common cause of disability in North America. This is an important statistic as 80% of what children...
Jul 31, 2021
Is your child showing signs of a vision problem? Discover the different signs and symptoms that can indicate a vision problem, and learn what you can do to help your child thrive.
Jul 25, 2021
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can impact your vision, making it difficult to do simple tasks like reading and driving. Here are a few things you can do to avoid getting a TBI.
Jun 30, 2021
In most cases, a stroke leaves survivors with lasting visual symptoms that can make it hard to function. Thankfully, a neuro-optometrist can help by identifying any overt and nuanced visual dysfunction and providing neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy.
Jun 29, 2021
Whether you’re a pro athlete or an amateur player, sports vision training can help you improve your game by helping you efficiently process and respond to visual input.
Jun 24, 2021
Lazy eye (amblyopia) affects the vision of the affected eye, causing blurry vision even with corrective eyewear. Learn what may be causing your child’s lazy eye and how vision therapy can help.
Jun 21, 2021
Whether you’re a pro athlete or an amateur, sports vision training trains your brain and eyes to work together more effectively to boost your sports performance.
May 28, 2021
It’s important to get the facts straight. Here are 5 myths — and truths — about vision therapy.
May 28, 2021
Most stroke survivors experience some degree of visual dysfunction following a stroke. Here are the 4 main types of visual complications that may result from a stroke and ways neuro-optometry can help.
Jan 18, 2020
A traumatic brain injury occurs as a result of forces from impact disrupting the functioning of brain cells and their ability to effectively transmit signals. As a result, changes in physical, cognitive, and emotional aspects may be observed. Physical symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness and sensitivity to...
Sep 11, 2019
By: Yi Zheng, Optometry Intern, Class of 2016 Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) such as concussions, strokes and whiplash injuries frequently result in oculomotor dysfunction and visual disturbances. Common vision disorders associated with TBIs include deficits in accommodation, version, vergence, visual field, and photosensitivity.1 The intimate interactions between these visual systems can...
Mar 06, 2019
By: Evelyn Zhang, University of Waterloo Senior Optometry Intern Vision therapy may be a foreign concept to many. What is it? How does it work? Will I benefit from it? Vision therapy is used to improve eye movement control and eye coordination. It is often used to treat strabismus (eye turn),...
Mar 02, 2018
By: Paul Harris, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, FABCO Home activities have been an integral part of our vision therapy program. The pioneer clinicians in the field noticed that when home practice was done on a regular basis, more profound and lasting changes in behavior were noted. This was passed on...
Feb 27, 2018
By Amanda Duffy More than 300 children in the U.S. suffer from Retinoblastoma, an eye cancer affecting one or both eyes of the children. 95 percent of these cases occur in children ages five years and below according to the National Cancer Institute which is why early diagnosis is important....
Feb 02, 2018
There is much controversy when it comes to whether Irlen/Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (IS or SSS) exists or not and if its proposed treatment of coloured filters is effective for treating reading difficulties. Irlen Syndrome is described as a perceptual condition where individuals experience sensitivity to certain wavelengths of light thus...
Dec 07, 2017
Gift suggestions from your OD?
This time of year many patients are considering sports-related gifts, which could include visors and protective eye wear. Dr. Debbie Luk has put together an excellent summary to help ODs introduce the safety aspect with patients.
Consider the impact of visors on eye and orbital.
Eye trauma, often occurring through physical activity, is the leading cause of noncongenital monocular blindness in children. An optometrist has a crucial role in reinforcing eye safety in sports-related activities. This is especially because over 90% of ocular injuries are preventable with appropriate eye protection. However, studies show low rates of use among athletes.1
A recent article revealed amongst NHL hockey players, 34 out of 640 are without a visor. Vancouver defenceman Erik Gudbranson is one of them. After suffering from a broken orbital bone, he continues to play without proper protection and explains that his decision is unwise, but is due to being comfortable. According to a 2014 retrospective study, a total of 149 eye or orbital injuries over the last 10 seasons in the NHL. Most injuries were a result of being hit by a deflected or direct puck (37%) followed by being struck by a high stick (28%).2
Visor use among NHL players grew from 32% in 2002-2003 to 73% in 2012-2013 as the NHL Players’ Association made it mandatory for inexperienced players to wear visors. In Canada, the evolution of facial protection and implementation of mandatory full-face shields in minor hockey led to a significant decline in ocular injuries. Mandatory helmets and facial protection reduced the number of ocular injuries in 1974–1975 to half of that in 1983–1984. Additionally, hockey players were 10 times more likely to sustain an ocular injury with no facial protection and four times as likely with partial facial protection, whereas no injuries were found with full-face protection. Implementation of mandatory full-face protection for minor hockey players has led to a decline in ocular injuries.1,2
In the United States, 84.6% of children do not wear protective eyewear despite engaging in a sports that risk eye injury.1 As part of a comprehensive eye examination, optometrists should discuss hobbies, including sports and therefore have the opportunity to discuss the importance of eye protection. One of these discussions could save an eye.
1. Luong M, Dang V and Hanson C. Traumatic hyphema in badminton players: Should eye protection be mandatory? Can J Ophthalmol. 2017; 4: 143-6.
2. Micieli JA, Zurakowski D, Ahmed II. Impact of visorts on eye and orbital injuries in the National Hockey League. Can J Ophthalmol. 2014; 49:243-8.
Aug 09, 2017
Why use dilating eye-drops in a child's eye exam? It may be performed to detect vision disorders, especially in young children who cannot verbally provide a clear and accurate description of their vision problems, and are frequently unaware of the presence of those problems. The following article is geared towards...
Nov 28, 2016
By: Debbie Luk We had the wonderful opportunity to participate at an empowering and inspiring hockey event for girls. This special weekend is the dream come-to-life of six-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser. Hayley is pleased to host her seventh festival in this exciting city and venue, in partnership with Girls Hockey...
Oct 21, 2016
We have previously blogged about how vision problems have similar symptoms as AD(H)D, and how to tell the difference between the two. A recent study discusses how treating convergence insufficiency, a common eye-teaming dysfunction, can result in reduction of attention deficit symptoms. Behavioral and Emotional Problems Associated With Convergence Insufficiency in Children: An Open Trial. The paper...
Sep 19, 2016
Under stress, there is a tendency for fine muscles to deteriorate. For instance, we may lose our voice, our hands may start shaking, and our functional visual skills can fail. Functional visual skills refer to one’s ability to maintain visual focus, track a moving target, coordinate the two eyes for...
Aug 20, 2016
By: Jessica Yang Optometry Intern, Class of 2016, and Debbie Luk, Developmental Optometrist The terms myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness) are often confused with each other. People with nearsightedness can see better up close than objects in the distance. Some children with mild to moderate amount of nearsightedness are asymptomatic. This...
Jul 18, 2016
By Cassandra Biro, Debbie Luk What is Myopia and how do you correct it? Myopia (near-sightedness) results when the power of the cornea is stronger and/or the length of the eye is longer than average. This results in light focusing in front (instead of on) the retina making distant objects...
Dec 14, 2015
Therapists, educators, and parents realize the benefits of games have on learning. Game based learning (GBL) is designed to balance learning and fun! They satisfy our fundamental need to learn by providing enjoyment, motivation and creativity. Below are some educational games hand picked by Dr. Luk to assist in visual perception...
Oct 28, 2015
Lazy eye is a chronic condition that is associated with abnormal development in the visual center of the brain. Hence lazy eye does not just affect the eye sight (visual acuity) of one eye, but in fact it is a binocular vision problem affecting depth perception, eye focusing and eye...
Jul 15, 2015
Above: Carter Hutton, Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender, undergoing convergence testing Written By: Cassandra Biro, 3rd year Optometry Student & Vision Therapist for Dr. Debbie Luk What is Convergence Insufficiency? Under normal circumstances, the eyes must turn inwards to view objects at near. Convergence insufficiency results when an individual has...
Jun 04, 2015
Although a therapist will probably work on building your child's eye tracking skills during vision therapy, that doesn’t mean that your child will automatically adopt proper eye movements when reading to you at home. He/she might be so used to either bobbing or moving the head side to side, that...
May 01, 2015
Dear Colleagues, We are excited about the upcoming Calgary Vision Event in September. This intimate and highly interactive course is open to optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists, and physicians and therapists who treat TBI patients. Topics include vision development, visual neurology and traumatic brain injury. It will also cover corresponding diagnosis, management...
Jan 21, 2015
What is traumatic brain injury? Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as any damage or alteration to brain function due to external physical force. TBIs can be caused by falls, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, concussions, gun shots, or explosions and blasts etc. There are three levels of TBI: mild, moderate and...
Aug 18, 2014
Above: Patient wearing computer glasses designed to reduce eye strain and fatigue By Anita Tieu, Doctor of Optometry Senior Intern How are video games and electronic devices integrated into our lives? With the numerous electronic devices available, video games have become a large part of entertainment for adults and...
Jul 27, 2014
Above: one of our patients playing a game called Multi-Matrix. It trains eye-tracking, eye-hand coordination and visual motor integration. Summer is half way over, is your child ready for school in September? One of the fundamental skills for a child's development is called Visual Motor Integration. Visual Motor Integration...
Jun 24, 2014
By: Helen Mach and Debbie Luk Does your child read like this? Reversal of letters, difficulty with decoding the alphabet, and difficulty with recognizing words and letters are common characteristics of a disorder called dyslexia. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability that affects 5 to 10 percent...
Apr 03, 2014
"We look with our eyes. We see with our brains. We understand with our minds." ~ Harry Wachs, OD Pretend you are a grade one student looking at some shapes on a page called ‘words’ that are made up of ‘letters’ The letters are clear, but what is the...
Mar 21, 2014
Intermittent Exotropia (outward eye turn) can develop at any age. When the eye is turned, it can be a cosmetic concern. Further, it can result in double vision, words moving on a page and lost of depth perception. Depth perception is the ability to judge the distance of an object, and...
Feb 11, 2014
Written by: Theola Li, Univeristy of Waterloo Forth Year Optometry Intern We are all aware of what being lazy means; unwilling to wake up in the morning, watching TV instead of doing work, staying at home to eat instead of going to the gym. But what does an eye being...
Nov 16, 2013
by Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD It isn't news to many of us that a significant number of students struggle needlessly with undetected or untreated learning problems. But when an organization with the prestige of the American Academy of Optometry publishes a Position Paper on the subject, people will...
Oct 23, 2013
For Immediate Release — Wednesday, October 23, 2013 U of L paper indicates visual impediments a key factor in childhood learning and behavioural difficulties A University of Lethbridge researcher is calling for more comprehensive, and compulsory, early childhood vision assessments to help reduce potential learning and behavioural difficulties that affect...
Oct 16, 2013
This is a must watch for educators and parents! This video demonstrates some of the reasons why vision screening by a school nurse or pediatrician can be misleading. There are ~20 visual skills that the standard eye chart does not test. Even if your child has 20/20 eye sight, they...
Oct 01, 2013
Vision Problems and Special Needs Children Dr. Debbie Luk and the vision therapists at the Vision Therapy Calgary have experience working with children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, sensory integration disorder and other conditions. Roughly 40% of our patient population has some type of special issue. Dr. Luk is...
Sep 12, 2013
By: Vicky d’Entremont and Dr. Debbie Luk Many children are mislabeled as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder aka (ADHD) by parents, teachers, pediatricians and eye care professionals. Have you investigate whether an undetected visual deficit may be mimicking or co-existing with ADHD? Yes, even if your doctor says your child sees 20/20,...
Aug 03, 2013
Clikc for information on conditions causing reduced depth perception: Amblyopia, Convergence Insufficiency...
Aug 01, 2013
COVD Joins with Author, Educator, & Expert in Early Learning Success, Dr. Bob Sornson in Saying “It’s Time to Stop Arguing and Help Our Children!!” 1 Aug, 2013 15:30 CET The College of Optometrists in Vision Development is pleased to welcome Dr. Bob Sornson in helping us celebrate August as International...
Jul 28, 2013
Do you know someone who is struggling in school? Could it be a vision problem? How is vision and learning related? For any one who works with children, this is a very informational journal article written by a Canadian colleague: Dr. Charles Boulet. Piquette N, Boulet C. Visual Impediments...
Jul 04, 2013
By: Ailin Huang Over the past school year, Dr. Luk was invited to different primary schools to teach about the eyes. The students and teachers were very enthusiastic, and they asked some really good questions. We would like to share with you the answers to the most common questions. 1. ...
May 31, 2013
Maybe you’re planning vacations, summer camps, or perhaps thinking about tutoring programs to give your child an academic head start. In either case, remember to add “getting an eye exam” to your list of summer plans for your children. This is because 80% of learning is visual. And even if...
May 09, 2013
Dr. Luk will be presenting an interactive session for primary school students. May 8th - St. Joseph School Grade 3/4 Class June 6th - Collingwood School Grade 3 Class June 11th - St. Joseph School Grade 3 Class June 12th - Collingwood School Grade 3 Class ...
Apr 23, 2013
We had a wonderful time hosting 25 Girl Guides at our office. Dr. Debbie Luk gave a presentation about how we see with not only our eyes, but with also our brain! We also had an interactive session doing some vision therapy exercises on our new touch-screen 3D TV....