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Originally posted on August 6th, 2012

Previously on Dr. Gallop’s Blog…

What is preventive visual care?

The basic concept is simple. The visual process develops throughout our lives. It does so at an acceptable pace and to an acceptable degree for some people, but now for everyone. There are certain levels of ability that are expected to be present at certain ages as far as eye movements, eye teaming and focusing. Behavioral optometrists have developed a very good idea of the expected level of visual ability for people of various age ranges. The rest of the medical community, and this includes the majority of general optometrists, have little familiarity with and no interest in visual development. They seem to have no real interest in the nuances of the visual process or how all of this might impact the lives of the people who come to them for help. The general medical community certainly has little if any interest in the concept or preventive visual care.

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Originally posted on July 30th, 2012


Most people are not aware of the possibility of preventive visual care or what that might even mean.  We tend not to think about our eyes or our vision unless something seems wrong.  Even then many of us are likely to put off a visit to the doctor for as long as possible.  There’s another important issue as well.  Many symptoms and complaints, like headaches, dry eyes, neck pain, falling asleep when reading, eye fatigue, etc., can often be related to inadequate functioning of the visual system.  Eye teaming and focusing errors can contribute to all of the symptoms just listed.  The dots between the less than optimal functioning of the visual process and these kinds of complaints are all too often left unconnected after a routine visit to the doctor.  Typically, pediatricians, general practitioners and ophthalmologists are consulted when these symptoms arise.  They are mostly unaware of the possible connection between these kinds of complaints and disturbances within the visual process.  Behavioral optometrists are very familiar with making with these connections and then recommending appropriate and frequently successful treatment options.

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