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Welcome to our practice.

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

Family Vision Development Center News

August is Children's Vision and Learning Month!

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


As part of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development’s annual international observance that August is Children’s Vision and Learning Month, a Public Service Announcement was issued which helps answer parents’ questions about why their children continue to struggle with reading and learning.

“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, convergence insufficiency , 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 enjoyable.”

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 children.”

Below is a link to a great video on vision and learning.  Check it out!

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The Family Vision Development Center is proud to announce that you can book appointments on-line!  Our hope is that this will make scheduling a visit at our office very convenient.  Use the button below and you will be re-directed to our on-line booking page.  We look forward to seeing you soon!


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The Family Vision Development Center is also happy to announce the addition of Roberta (Robin) Nielsen to the FVDC family.  Robin comes to use with a special education teaching background and many years of experience working with children with learning disabilities and special needs.  She has worked with children of all ages and we are delighted to have someone with her experience and training as part of our therapy team.  Welcome aboard!


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.


I am very willing to talk to your organization and staff about Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy. Topics could include: Vision & Learning, Vision & ADD/ADHD, Strabismus & Amblyopia, and Vision Perception.

Dave Martin, OD

Family Vision Development Center, P.C.
444 N. Eola Road #105
Aurora, IL 60502

P: (630) 862-2020
F: (630) 862-2027
info@fvdcpc.com

Hours
Monday:   10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday:   10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday:   10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday:   10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday:   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday:   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday:   Closed
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Read guides to prescription eyeglasses and all types of contact lenses; learn about eye health topics such as age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. Visit AllAboutVision.com for guides to glasses and contacts, and to learn about eye health topics such as cataracts and glaucoma.
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About Dr. David Martin

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.

For more information, please contact:

David F. Martin, OD
Family Vision Development Center
444 N. Eola Road #105
Aurora, IL 60502
(630) 862-2020
www.fvdcpc.com
info@fvdcpc.com