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How Vision and the Brain Work Together

Neuro-optometry focuses on “rewiring” the brain to improve visual function that may have been impaired due to trauma, illness, or other neurological conditions.

The 5 Most Common Vision Problems In Children

Most parents have heard of nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia), but there are many other visual problems that can affect a child’s success. Here are...

How Can I Putt Like Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus?

Sports vision training entails exercises and techniques to improve the visual skills needed to become a better golfer. Putting — hitting a golf ball with...

Nystagmus — Is That a Super Villain or Something?

Nystagmus is an eye condition that causes rapid uncontrolled eye movements and affects vision. Thankfully, a neuro-optometrist can help.

Is Your Child or Young Adult a Struggling Student?

If your child struggles with reading, focusing, or performing other academic tasks, it may be time to consider vision therapy. Here’s why.

Why Vision Therapy Provides Lasting Correction For Strabismus – Eye-Turn

Vision therapy is the ideal treatment for strabismus and offers long-term results because it targets the root of the issue — the brain.

Is It Normal To Have Long-Lasting Symptoms After A Head Injury?

Concussion or TBI patients can sometimes suffer from symptoms long after the injury occurred, but this doesn’t have to be the case. A neuro-optometrist can...

8 Ways to Prevent Common Eye Drop Mistakes

Are you using your eye drops the right way? If not used properly, drops may not only lose their effectiveness, but could also damage your...

Did You Know That 20% of People Sleep With Their Eyes Open?

1 in 5 people sleep with their eyes open. Known as nocturnal lagophthalmos, this condition can interfere with sleep and cause people to wake up...

When Routine Eye Exams Return 

Optometrists are slowly reopening their practices to offer routine services like eye exams for contact lenses, glasses, and eye surgery. This time around they will...

Why Vision Training Is Vital for Your Swing 

Sports vision training for baseball is underutilized, despite its effectiveness in helping batters improve their averages, RBIs, and on-base percentages. Baseball is one of the...

4 Eye Hygiene Practices That Reduce the Risk of Infection 

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in full-swing, it's important to practice good eye hygiene because eyes are a portal for infectious diseases. Implement these...

The Power of Tears

Tears flush out toxins, provide vital oxygen and nutrients to our eyes, and, among countless other benefits, ensure that our eyes remain lubricated and healthy....

Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes

We all instinctively rub our eyes, whether we're tired, our eyes are itchy or when something gets stuck in them. However, did you know that...

Fun Home-Based Activities to Strengthen Your Child’s Vision

Did you know kids can keep developing visual functions from the comfort of their home? In this text, we outline various fun and engaging exercises...

COVID-19 –  What Constitutes an Eye Care Emergency? 

An eye care emergency is defined as medical care for conditions requiring prompt medical attention due to a sudden change in ocular or visual health.

Dizziness and Balance: How Vision Plays a Vital Role

While vision may not seem to be the most important factor in maintaining balance, the brain relies on visual input to keep your world appearing...

Sink That Buzzer Beater With Sports Vision Training

March Madness is approaching and every college basketball player is dreaming of scoring the last 3-pointer that will win the game. However, to beat the...

Treating Your Non-Reader With Vision Therapy

Are you frustrated your bright child is not reading at the level you think they should be? They may actually be suffering from an issue...

Building Your Child’s Confidence Through Vision Therapy

Vision therapy helps children with poor visual skills perform daily tasks more efficiently and with ease. This can lead to more success with school-work and...

The Vision Skills Needed for Quarterbacks to Succeed 

It takes much more than physical strength, speed, and a competitive spirit to be an excellent quarterback. The skills required by an elite football player—...

Driving

Whether it’s high performance around a track at 180mph or taking your family on a 3 hour trip, the fact is that you need your...

Football Trivia: How Can An Eye Doctor Help Athletes After a Head Injury?

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are common in high-impact sports —such as football — and can have drastic effects on visual function. Fortunately, neuro-optometrists...

A Short History of Vision Therapy

Vision therapy, practiced for over 150 years, has been helping patients with visual problems strengthen the eye-brain connection. Over the years, it has developed and...

How Do I Ski Better? It All Starts With Vision!

To be an excellent skier, you need strong visual skills, such as depth perception, peripheral vision, and peripheral vision.  By undergoing vision therapy, you'll be...

Progressive lenses

Why Can't I Get Used To Progressive Lenses? Can't get used to your progressive lenses? It may not be the reason why you or your...

Photophobia and light sensitivity

What could be causing my light sensitivity and what can I do about it? Photophobia, or light sensitivity can have multiple causes, and many companies...

Tips to Avoid a Concussion or TBI

The complexity of the brain is truly fascinating; any slight change in its chemistry or structural integrity can result in a multitude of health problems,...

Can Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Help Stroke Patients With Vision Problems?

Though not always evident, a stroke almost inevitably affects vision. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation can treat the resulting vision deficiencies and improve the person’s functionality and quality...

5 Things About TBIs You Never Knew

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can lead to severe health problems, and in 90% of cases, vision problems. Here are 5 things about TBI that you...

Nighttime Driving Tips Against Glaring Headlights

It's the time of year when it's hard to escape driving in the dark. Glare from new LED or HID headlights, water on the road,...

3 Reasons Why You Should Kickstart the New Year With Vision Therapy

Whether you’re a pro-athlete or a 4th grader struggling to read, improved vision skills can boost confidence and success in life. Consider vision therapy this...

Dynamic Duo Podcast

  Cameron McCrodan gave a Ted Talk about the unknown or often overlooked parts of the visual system. Having over 36,000 views on Youtube, his...

Beyond Blindness Podcast

Listen to the podcast here: On this episode you will learn three things: What is Dyslexia? Diagnosing Dyslexia with an optometrist Understanding how the visual...

Back to School Time & Your Child’s Vision

It's back-to-school time, and your child could be struggling because of one of four vision problems that eye exams often don't pick up. 1. Eye...

Testing for ADHD? Don’t overlook this!

It’s back to school, and back to paying attention.  It’s also often the time of year it’s suggested to parents that they have their child...

Visual Migraines and Vertigo

Suffering from vertigo, feeling dizzy, or have a feeling of unsteadiness? Does it get worse with visual stimulus like grocery stores, busy places, flashing lights,...

My daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia. We had her eyes tested and they said it’s fine. Could tracking be a problem?

“My daughter was diagnosed with Dyslexia.  We had her eyes tested and they said it’s fine. Could tracking be a problem?” This mom writes in...

How long should vision therapy be?

Why will one doctor recommend 10 weeks of vision therapy, and another recommend 25, 30, or 40?  As a person evaluating your options for treatment,...

Is My Child Too Young for Vision Therapy?

Those with excellent visual acuity may experience difficulty with visual processing or focus, which can impact various aspects of a child’s development, learning ability, and...

Does your child have trouble recognizing words?

So you teach your child a word, then three lines later they can’t recognize the word you just taught them.  Is it a language problem,...

Book a workshop by July 2019 and the fee is waived for schools, non profits and parent groups

Are you an educator or parent concerned about a struggling child? You may have already read the research showing that eye tracking problems can cause...

Amitriptyline: A migraine medication that can cause dizziness and headaches?

Are you taking Amitriptyline?  Here are a few things you should know: Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant that also is prescribed for headaches and migraines. ...

Post Concussion Symptoms Improve with Prism Glasses

Wow. I have been struggling with my concussion symptoms for nearly a year. After some test, Dr McCrodan built a pair of prism glasses for...

‘Your dizziness and symptoms are all in your head’

Gaslight (verb):  to manipulate someone in to questioning their own sanity. It seems like almost every day I meet someone who has been told that...

Could blue light glasses or coatings actually be harming you?

Computer screen blue light filters have become a hot topic lately. Especially in relation to headaches or migraines. They are being pushed by everyone from...

Vision Testing for Post Concussion

Still struggling with post concussion symptoms? Are you sensitive to screens? Do you get headaches throughout the day? Are you having trouble concentrating on reading...

Vision Therapy Improves Reading Fluency and Comprehension: Controlled Trial Study

To be a great soccer player you’d need to have great foot movement.  Why do we so often forget that young readers need to have...

Grade 6 with a Concussion

My son (grade 6 student)  commenced treatment with Dr McCrodan after suffering a serious concussion accident.  He also had been diagnosed with dyslexia and the...

Concussion Recovery Programs: Are you missing something?

Concussion recovery programs are now common in many clinics and hospitals.  Many of these fantastic concussion or neuro-rehab programs are missing one critical component: vision. ...

Vision Therapy Will Not Help Dyslexia

Defn: Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness,...

Vestibular Migraines

Vestibular Migraines? Do you or someone you love suffer from vestibular migraines? If so, there may be triggers and treatments that have not yet been...

Post Concussion Guidelines Emphasize Vision Therapy

This is reproduced from the guidelines published by St. Joseph’s and Fowler Kennedy: POST-CONCUSSION SYNDROME MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES INTRODUCTION The most recent Consensus Statement on Concussion...

Developmental Coordination Disorder: Bad Coordinates?

What if our current thinking on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is completely overlooking something so obvious? Let’s look at the logic and language involved with...

Are your glasses part of the problem or part of the solution?

Why does one glasses prescription stop your headaches and migraines, while the other just lets you see clearly? Have you seen someone cry when they...

From IEP to Honor Roll!

Opto-Mization Neurovisual Performance Matthew Olson was described by the school assessment team as in need of yearly IEP’s due to his learning disability in Grade...

John suffered pain, numbness and fatigue before Opto-mization

Literally see the world in a different way Dear Dr. McCrodan, The improvements to my vision, headaches, quality of life and professional performance achieved through...

Dizziness, Vertigo and Chronic Migraines

Two years ago I became unwell.  It started as dizziness and progressed very rapidly to a host of symptoms including nausea, crippling headaches, disorientation, stuttering,...

Post Concussion Syndrome Vision Problems

As you are reading this text, your brain is controlling how the incoming information is processed, and how your eyes track, coordinate, and focus.  Post...

Is computer based therapy enough?

In this day and age we are all looking for a quick fix, or hope to be able to offer one. I’m reminded of a...

She missed 5 months of school and couldn’t walk

4 months ago a young girl walked into our office, unable to stand without two hands braced on anything, and had to walk by hanging...

Jared

Since a very young age Jared has struggled with anxiety, behavioural issues and a lack of physical coordination. He comes across to others as very...

Vision therapy reduces ADHD symptoms

Happy Monday! Many children with convergence insufficiency and other binocular vision disorders display symptoms identical to ADHD.  Since ADHD is a diagnosis of exclusion (meaning...

Vision Problems post concussion can wreak havoc with school and work

Concussions often affect how the eyes work, resulting in difficulty returning to work or school. Congrats to Alex and his family for their hard work...

“Vision Therapy- My Daughter’s Voyage to Learning”

Here is your feel-good Friday post.  This was copied to me by a mom of a wonderful young girl who has now just blossomed after...

Robyn

A testimonial from a grateful patient. In February 2015 I suffered a serious concussion that left me disoriented, nauseous, dizzy and exhausted. I was unable...

Can Vision Therapy Help Dyslexia?

Question: I have a ten year old daughter with Dyslexia, would vision therapy be applicable to her? – S. Hi S, Thank you for the...

Victoria Vision Therapy Patient in the News!

It takes a lot of bravery to share a story of difficulties with reading, writing and academics.  It takes even more bravery to make this...

A concussion changed my sister’s learning

One of the newest measurements of an athlete’s status after a hit in sports is if they can perform the same on an eye tracking...

Children’s Vision Problems Mimic ADHD: Times Colonist article

The Times Colonist published a fantastic article today discussing how vision problems can mimic ADHD.  Early in my career I worked a lot with Dr....

Sports Vision Training in Victoria B.C.

The New York Times recently published an excellent article talking about sports vision training.  An athlete’s swing is only as accurate as where his brain has...

Is it Really Attention Deficit Disorder?

Could Vision Problems Cause an Attention Deficit Disorder Diagnosis? There are two points that will help here: 1.  Attention deficit disorder is a diagnosis of...

How Unseen Visual Deficits Can Impact Your Child’s School Performance

Overlooked: Are Unseen Visual Deficits Causing Your Child Trouble at School? Meet Austin. At 6 years old and half way through grade one, he was...

Back to School Blues? Why 20/20 isn’t enough

I used to think I didn’t like to read because I was stupid. Now I realize it was a problem with how my eyes work....