Shedding A Little Light on Myopia

Myopia is an epidemic that is rapidly on the increase in our modernised world.  The number of people tipped to become myopic in the next few decades is predicted to hit 50% of the population globally.  95% of Korean young adult males are myopic, in the US the rate of myopia has increase from 25% a few decades ago to nearly 40% now.   Australia currently sits around 30% but is tipped to increase to 50%. read more

Can I Swim in Contact Lenses?

contact-lenses-1Contact lenses provide some great lifestyle advantages over glasses.  An obvious advantage is being able to participate in activities where glasses are either difficult to use or get in the way.  Water sports fits into this category, but water has a higher amount of Acanthamoeba, a pathogen that can cause serious eye infections. read more

Recognition of Near Vision in Children

Our visual systems are amazing and incredibly complex.  And yet we persist on trying to rate the quality of vision by just one measurement – sight or visual acuity, as measured by the letters on a distance letter chart.  As most people over 40 will tell you, this tells you nothing about their ability to see at near.  It is assumed that children can see at near and it is rarely tested as part of sight screenings.  And yet problems with near vision in children can impact on how willing they are to read, or how comfortably they can engage in close work. read more

Interesting Article on Visual Pattern Recognition and Language

Renowned vision scientist Janette Atkinson has quoted that both in research and in clinical settings, it is both difficult and increasing impractical to separate vision, vision-motor, and motor functions as these elements do not occur in neat little boxes in isolation in “brain” function.  There is a similarity here to what we see clinically where children who have difficulty recognising visual patterns, often have similar pattern recognition difficulties in language and movement. This often requires a multi-disciplinary approach to helping the patient achieve their goals. read more