At The Family Vision Development Center we are dedicated
to providing exceptional quality of care for you and your
family. 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.
Our specialty is neuro-optometric rehabilitation and
vision therapy services. As you may already be aware, what
we do at The Family Vision Development Center is outside
the scope of most optometric offices. We are a unique
facility whose specialty is the diagnosis and treatment of
binocular (two-eyed) vision dysfunctions, learning related
vision issues and vision therapy. We understand you have
entrusted us with one of your most precious gifts-your
vision. We will endeavor to provide you with the most
comprehensive neuro-optometric vision evaluation and will
utilize individualized treatment programs using the most
current and effective equipment and methods.
There are many resources and links on the website to
information about the types of binocular vision
dysfunctions we treat. Feel free to educate yourselves on
these conditions which can affect your clarity and comfort
of vision as well as your activities of daily living. We
have also included printable pre-exam questionnaires for
you to fill out to expedite your visit to our office.
Thanks for visiting our website. I sincerely hope you
find it educational and informative. I look forward to
"seeing" you soon.
David F. Martin, OD
Vision Development Center News
Could Your Child’s Struggle with Reading and Learning be
Due to an Undiagnosed Vision Problem? COVD Reaches Out to
Parents to Answer Their Questions
“Whether it is the mystery of the bright child who
struggles with reading or the child who takes forever to
do homework, the story is often the same,” shares Ida
Chung, OD, FCOVD, President of COVD, “these children
continue to struggle until the underlying vision problem
is identified and treated.”
Dr. Chung knows firsthand what it is like to struggle with reading
because of her own unidentified vision problem. “I
remember going to parent-teacher conferences with my
mother so I could translate what the teacher had to say.
And I remember the teacher saying ‘you have to get your
daughter to read more; have her read 20 minutes a day.’ So
my mother began the nightly ordeal of forcing me to read
for 20 minutes. I couldn't wait for those 20 minutes to be
over because I just didn't like reading.”
Even though Dr. Chung’s mother took her for yearly eye
exams, it wasn't until she was in her first year of
optometry school that her vision problem was identified
and finally treated. She had an eye coordination disorder,
, which is very common. The actual symptoms will vary
depending on how severe the disorder is, but convergence
insufficiency can make reading nearly impossible. Dr.
Chung shares, “After a program of optometric vision
therapy I was able to read faster and found it more
While most vision screenings
are not designed to test for eye coordination and eye
movement disorders, one of the more common reasons these
vision problems are missed is because they can easily be
mistaken for behavior problems, attention problems, and
even learning disabilities.
Another example of an undiagnosed vision problem is shown
in the story for Jayden Catarra. “As a parent, when
teachers are constantly saying your child is distracted,
unorganized, unable to stay on task, disruptive, etc...
your instinct is that it is a ‘behavior’ issue and not a
physiological issue,” shares Corrie Catarra. “My son,
Jayden, could see... he didn't need glasses (according to
the first eye doctor we saw) and the concept that his eyes
could be the issue was hard for us to comprehend.”
“Jayden had a terrible time doing homework. We dreaded
homework time with Jayden,” Mrs. Catarra continues. “When
he would come home from school he would have to take some
time to ‘re click’ as I called it. Most kids would come
home and do their homework right away so that they could
play. Jayden HAD to play first. He needed time away from
academics until after dinner. Then homework that took his
peers about an hour to do would take him 2 or 3 times as
long... depending on how his day went. He was very capable
of doing the work but he was exhausted and often unable to
stay focused without getting overwhelmed.”
Fortunately for Jayden, one of Mrs. Catarra’s co-workers
had a daughter with a similar problem. Her co-worker found
that optometric vision therapy
made all the difference for her daughter, so Mrs.
Catarra decided to give it a try.
Mrs. Catarra shares that after completing vision therapy,
“The classroom setting is definitely easier for Jayden now
that he can copy things off the board easily, stay on
task, and track the teacher. Since he is able to keep up
with the class his confidence and self-esteem have soared.
He is able to complete homework as soon as he gets home
with very little frustration. He is able to watch an
entire movie without losing interest and yes... he is
better at video games now!”
Undiagnosed vision problems are an international problem.
Dr. Chung recently returned from a visit to one of China’s
leading centers for eye health, Tianjin Medical University
Eye Hospital, where she was invited to speak about
optometric vision therapy and the different vision
disorders it treats to more than 150 eye care providers,
including ophthalmologists and optometrists. It is
estimated that there are only a little more than 100
centers that provide vision therapy for a variety of
conditions in all of China.
It is a huge task to educate the millions of
parents whose children are struggling with school
because of undiagnosed vision disorders. “This is why
we are asking everyone to share our new PSA
on social media with everyone they know,” Dr. Chung
states. “Undiagnosed vision problems that interfere
with a child’s ability to read and learn are prevalent
in epidemic proportions. It will take a concerted
effort on everyone’s part to help all of these
Below is a link to a great
video on vision and learning. Check it
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As always, regular comprehensive vision exams are the best
way to diagnose and treat any issue that may be affecting
your eyes and to maintain their good health. If you have
any questions about any of the information on the web site
please feel free to contact our office and will be more
than happy to answer your questions.
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Dr. Martin is an optometrist who diagnoses and treats
vision problems that interfere with reading, learning, and
3D/stereo vision. He also treats Amblyopia (lazy eye),
Strabismus (eyes that turn in or out) and binocular (two
eyed) vision disorders that occur after a stroke or
traumatic brain injury.