Monthly Archives: September

accommodative dysfunction

Trouble Focusing? Accommodative Dysfunction Could be the Cause

Accommodative dysfunction is a complex term for a very common vision disorder in both kids and adults.  In short, it means difficulty shifting your focus from near to far.  For example, you may be focused on a computer screen and then look across the room, only to find it difficult to regain focus at either distance.


Why Accommodative Dysfunction Should be Corrected

Accommodative dysfunction can be a very frustrating vision disorder and can make daily life difficult for kids and adults, especially in the following situations.


Classroom performance – when a child has trouble focusing at varying distances, it can be hard to achieve success in school. Kids spend much of their school day looking from close objects on their desks to distant objects like the teacher at the front of the room.  When this causes blurred vision, it can make classroom activities and learning much more difficult and their grades can suffer because of it.


Participating in sports – many kids are interested in joining their school athletic teams but are limited in their ability due to their focusing problems.  Playing a sport well depends on strong visual skills, so it can be very frustrating for kids to lose the opportunity to play simply because of a vision disorder.  Additionally, playing a sport, even for fun, can become dangerous if the athlete cannot properly focus on the activity going on around them.


Work performance – Many people have jobs that depend on acute visual ability.  Warehouse or assembly line workers depend on their ability to properly focus on their surroundings for safety reasons.  And even business professionals need to focus while in meetings and presentations.  Accommodative dysfunction is typically diagnosed in kids, but adults should also be aware of the issue and understand that there are treatment options.


Vision Therapy as a Treatment for Accommodative Dysfunction

One very effective form of treatment for accommodative dysfunction is vision therapy.  Through a series of specialized eye exercises, this sort of physical therapy for the eyes and brain can retrain your visual system to restore proper focusing.  The sessions are short and take place right in our Aurora location.


We are Vision Therapy Specialists

Vision therapy is not a “one size fits all” treatment program. Each program should be individually tailored based on the specific issues to be corrected.  At Family Vision Development Center, our doctors have advanced training in a variety of vision therapy techniques, including neuro-optometric vision rehabilitation, syntonic light therapy and more.  We perform a thorough vision examination and determine the best course of treatment for each patient, and are committed to providing the best possible care in a safe, comfortable environment.  Contact our office at 630-862-2020 to schedule an appointment.



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contact lenses

10 Important Do’s and Don’ts When Caring for Contact Lenses

If you’ve made the decision to wear contact lenses to correct your vision, you absolutely must care for them properly if you want to avoid issues.  In order to keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and injury-free, remember the following helpful tips when caring for your contact lenses.

Personal Care

There are a number of things you can do in terms of personal hygiene and activity that will help keep your contact lenses clean and sanitary, as well as keep your eyes protected from infection or irritation.

  • DO – Wash your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and rinse completely before touching the contact lenses
  • DON’T – Use any lotions, oils, or cosmetics right before handling the lenses
  • DO – Keep your fingernails short and smooth and try to avoid contact between your nails and the lenses
  • DON’T – sleep in your contact lenses
  • DON’T – share your contact with anyone else

Contact Lens Care

Proper care of contact lenses requires following the specific routine prescribed by your eye care professional.  The following tips will ensure the best experience possible:

  • DO – Use fresh, unexpired lens solution and carefully follow the specific instructions on the solution bottle
  • DON’T – Alternate or mix solutions, as not all solutions are safe for all lenses
  • DON’T – Put lenses in your mouth or use saliva to lubricate your lenses
  • DON’T – Rinse your lenses in tap water, as the lens could wash down the drain, or the impurities in the water may damage the lenses
  • DO – store your contact lenses in an appropriate lens case, and clean the case regularly to avoid bacteria growth

If you ever notice symptoms of redness, itching, burning, eye pain, discomfort or any abnormal changes in your vision it is important to remove the contact lenses and contact your optometrist immediately.

Regular Eye Exams are an Important Part of Wearing Contacts

The professional eye care providers at Family Vision Development Center in Aurora are here to help make your contact lens experience as easy as possible.  We offer the latest in contact lens technologies along with a variety of designs, such as daily wear, extended wear and specialty lenses.  Call us at 630-862-2020 to schedule your appointment or visit to learn more about our practice.


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