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Welcome to Family Vision Development Center

Your Vision Therapy Resource in Aurora, IL

Congratulations to Dr. Alia Santoyo-Johnson for receiving her fellowship from the College of Syntonic Optometry!  

It was conferred on Saturday May 18, 2019.  All of us at the Family Vision Development Center are very proud of all of her accomplishments and are ecstatic to have her on our team!

Welcome to the Family Vision Development Center in Aurora, IL. Please feel free to browse our website. We are a full service vision center offering comprehensive vision exams for eyeglasses, contact lenses and management of ocular disease including glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and cataracts. Dr. David Martin and the Family Vision Development Center team endeavor to provide you with the best in optometric, vision therapy and rehabilitation services. We accept both eye emergencies as well as scheduled appointments. The Family Vision Development Center is dedicated to keeping our patients comfortable and well-informed. Dr. Martin will explain every exam and procedure and answer all of your questions. Additionally, at the Family Vision Development Center we offer financing options and will work with vision insurance providers to ensure good eye health and vision care for all of our patients.

Our specialty is neuro-optometric rehabilitation and vision therapy services. We treat binocular (two-eyed) vision disorders such as convergence insufficiency, focusing (accommodative) dysfunctions, strabismus (exotropia, esotropia) and amblyopia (lazy eye). We also provide vision rehabilitation services for Post-Concussive Vision Syndrome and vision problems related to traumatic and acquired brain injury such as strokes. We will provide you with the most comprehensive neuro-optometric vision evaluation and will create individualized treatment programs using the most current and effective equipment and methods.

There are many resources and links on the website to educate you about the types of binocular vision dysfunctions we treat. We have also included printable pre-exam questionnaires for you to fill out to expedite your visit to our office. We know your time is precious so we offer convenient online scheduling 24/7.

Optometrists focus on Visual Symptoms from Concussions that Block Learning

August is the 20th annual observation of National Children’s Vision & Learning Month and a perfect time to shed light on the vision problems associated with concussions that impact academic performance.

Shelby Hedges’ concussion occurred during the first soccer game of the high school season. Prior to her concussion Shelby was an avid reader, but afterwards, she had trouble with reading and focusing as soon as she started trying to do her schoolwork. After about 1 month it was obvious her difficulties were not improving. A trip to her concussion specialist resulted in a referral to a developmental optometrist who helped Shelby return to her normal life as it was before the concussion.

According to Dr. Kara Heying, President of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) , “Shelby was very fortunate to have a concussion specialist who knew where to send her. Our member Doctors often see patients after they have struggled for years with no improvement.”

Kelsey Ransom wasn’t as fortunate as Shelby. Reading was already a struggle for Kelsey and after she received her second concussion playing basketball the change in her academic performance was not as obvious as when she received her first concussion. She had been diagnosed with a Non-Verbal Learning Disorder prior to this concussion and the psychologist had told her mother that her I.Q. was “off the charts,” so her mother thought that Kelsey was just “lacking focus” and she was just experiencing normal “kid” issues when her struggles got worse.

It wasn’t until Kelsey was seen by a developmental optometrist, “that it dawned on us she had residual effects from the concussion” her mother, Lori Harris-Ransom, shared; “when Kelsey was having trouble doing homework, I would tell her, ‘Kelsey you have to focus and concentrate and put in more effort.’ – I didn’t realize she wasn’t capable of doing so.”

Kelsey was in 6th grade, reading at a 4th grade level. Lori explains, “She had been complaining for a year of visual issues, we just didn’t know they were due to VISION. We thought it was a learning issue.”

In addition, Kelsey shared that one of her teachers would actually chastise her for not paying attention because she was writing and not paying attention to what he was saying; when in fact, she was still trying to copy information from the board before he would erase it. Once she understood her difficulties were due to a vision problem , she was able to explain the situation to her teacher.

While Kelsey is only halfway through a program of optometric vision therapy , she is already seeing major improvement. Lori shares, “I am seeing dramatic differences in the last couple of months. She avoided studying and felt so defeated before. She has so much more confidence now.”


Before starting vision therapy Kelsey was trying to read To Kill a Mockingbird for school. As she was improving during her vision therapy Kelsey found it easier to understand the book. Kelsey proudly shares, “I did not have to focus on what to read and I was fully enjoying it. I read it and understood what I was reading.”

Both Kelsey and Shelby had convergence insufficiency which is an eye teaming problem (also known as an eye coordination disorder) where the eyes don’t work together in unison; often resulting in difficulty with reading. “Convergence insufficiency is very common after a concussion,” Dr. Heying explains; “It is also very common in children who struggle with reading who have not had a concussion.”

The majority of vision screenings performed in schools and pediatricians’ offices are not designed to test for eye coordination, eye tracking, or eye focusing problems. In fact vision screenings miss at least 50% of vision problems. In addition, general eye exams often do not thoroughly evaluate all the visual skills required for academic success . The diagnosis and treatment of convergence insufficiency is a specialty field within optometry performed by developmental optometrists.

A cross-sectional study was performed of adolescents (ages 11 to 17 years) from the Concussion Care for Kids: Minds Matter program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with co-investigators from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, Michael Gallaway, OD, FCOVD, FAAO and Mitchell M. Scheiman, OD, FCOVD. Sixty-nine percent of one hundred children examined were found to have one or more vision problems.

In an interview in Infectious Diseases in Children , a Healio publication, pediatric sports medicine specialist and associate professor of clinical pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Christina L. Master, MD, FAAP, CAQSM, discussed the study; “All these children can see 20/20, but the problem is that their eyes don’t work well together. It’s the idea of eye teaming, focusing and tracking. If you go to a regular eye doctor for a vision assessment of visual acuity, the typical tests will not detect these problems that we found associated with concussion.”

In a recent study published in the June 2015 issue of the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Academic Effects of Concussion in Children and Adolescents, it was found that those with higher severities of concussion experienced extended recovery time from symptoms that can interfere with academic performance. These post-concussion symptoms include problems with concentration, eyestrain, loss of place while reading, slower processing speed, headaches and fatigue. These symptoms are very similar to symptoms relating to binocular vision disorders.

“We have known for years that concussions cause vision problems , and these are some of the types of vision problems that developmental optometrists specialize in treating to help children get back on track with their academics after a concussion,” Dr. Heying explains; “To help parents and medical professionals in managing post-concussion children with their visual symptoms we are issuing Return to Learn: A Guide to Visual Recovery after Concussion .

Our Approach to Optometry

We believe in a one-on-one approach to optometry. At the Family Vision Development Center, we are dedicated to providing high-quality optometry services in a comfortable environment. Call us at 630-862- 2020 or schedule an appointment online today.

For a complete list of services, visit our services page or call 630-862-2020.

David F. Martin, OD

Meet The Staff

  • David F Martin, OD
    Dr. Martin received his undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University. Dr. Martin then continued his optometric training and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2005. He then received additional training in Vision Therapy and Vision Development at the Kansas Vision Development Center, the largest vision development center in the state of Kansas. He has one young daughter.

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  • Alia Santoyo-Johnson, OD, FCSO
    Optometrist and Vision Rehabilitation Specialist
    Dr. Santoyo-Johnson did her undergraduate studies at Marquette University where she graduated with honors. Her doctor of Optometry degree is from the Illinois College of Optometry where she graduated with clinical honors. She completed her clinical internship at the Vision Therapy Center in Brookfield, WI, The Illinois Institute-Advanced Care Center, Chicago Cornea Consultants, and the Battle Creek VA Center.

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  • Kimberly Von Holten
    Vision Therapy Director
    Kim completed her BS in Education and has completed graduate level courses in special education and business. Kim joins the practice with over 10 years of experience in teaching, vision therapy and sales and recruiting. She started her career teaching behavioral/emotional students then worked as a vision therapist. Her most recent career was recruiting for a graduate school. She has two young girls.

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  • "Dr. Martin is extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and takes great care of us. I highly recommend him to anyone needing eye care-- even if you don't have the quirky kinds of eye problems we do!"
    Steve B.

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10:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-3:00 pm

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10:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

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9:00 am-1:00 pm

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