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4 Surefire Strategies to Prepare for your Child’s First Eye Exam

If you’ve been dreading your child’s first eye exam because you think they will be scared or they won’t cooperate with the doctor, stop worrying!  And more importantly, don’t let that discourage you from bringing them in.  Regular eye exams starting at a very young age are so important for healthy vision.  And there are many things you can do to prepare your child before your visit.  Just remember, taking your child for their first eye exam does not have to be a stressful event.  Just follow these proven tips and you’re sure to have a productive appointment.


Select an Appointment Time That Works With Your Child’s Schedule

Kids, like all of us, tend to feel a little more energetic at certain times of the day.  So, if you want to make the optometrist visit as pleasant as possible, choose a time when your son or daughter is usually happy and well-rested.  Scheduling their first eye exam during your child’s usual meal or nap time, immediately after a nap, or at the end of a long day can result in a cranky child who is reluctant to participate in the vision assessment.  Don’t forget to allow additional time if your child’s eyes will be dilated or to select frames if needed.


Let Your Child Know What to Expect at Their First Eye Exam

Trying anything new can be scary, especially if it involves meeting a new eye doctor!  If your child knows what to expect, they will understand that there’s nothing to be afraid of.  Before your visit, explain that the doctor will examine their eyes in order to check their vision. This will probably involve putting some drops in their eyes as well as using a light to look into their eyes.  It might make their vision a little blurry for a minute, but the drops are not painful.

Additionally, let your child know that they will be asked to identify different letters or pictures, both close up and far away.  The doctor will give them easy instructions to follow during their exam and they need to try their best so the doctor can correctly diagnose any vision problems and offer a treatment as soon as possible.


Prepare for Possible Delays

The eye doctor will make every effort to see your child at the appointed time, but that doesn’t mean you won’t spend a little time in the waiting room completing paperwork.  And of course, as with any medical office, there is always the possibility of an emergency causing unexpected delays.  Prepare for any possible waiting time by bringing a few toys or books from home to keep your little ones occupied.


Make Sure Your Child is Comfortable

You know your child best and you know what their needs are when trying new things.  When it comes to a first eye exam, some kids hop on the exam chair without prompting, while others aren’t quite as brave.  If your young child is nervous or anxious, feel free to hold him or her in your lap during the assessment and examination.  Older children may feel more confident if you stay by their sides or sit in a nearby chair during the visit with the optometrist.

At Family Vision Development Center, we encourage healthy vision habits for all members of the family, starting as early as 6 months old!  Our skilled optometrists are not only trained in advanced vision therapy techniques, but they also make even our youngest patients feel comfortable and at ease during their visits.  Don’t wait any longer!  Call us at 630-862-2020 to schedule your appointment for that important first eye exam.


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Optician Position Available at Well-Respected Optometric Office

The Family Vision Development Center is expanding, and we are seeking an experienced Optician to join our growing private Optometry/Vision Therapy office located in Aurora.  We have a dynamic and energetic office with two Optometrists on staff. The successful Optician candidate should be prepared to work from 25 to 40 hours, which include morning and early evening hours with rotating Saturdays.

The candidate should be familiar with sales of glasses, contact lenses, contact lens training as well as a knowledge of pre-testing and pre-testing equipment. Additionally, experience with optical and medical billing is preferred but training will be provided. If you enjoy serving patients of all ages and have a strong work ethic and a desire to work in an optometric office with a unique perspective, we would like to talk with you!

Optician Job Responsibilities

  • Review Optometrist’s prescriptions and orders based on medical charts.
  • Operate pre-testing equipment or provide technician services as needed. Training will be provided.
  • Educate patients on their lens options and help them make educated choices about what is appropriate for their medical needs and lifestyle preferences.
  • Provide honest but compassionate feedback about eyewear choices.
  • Achieve and maintain the high office standards while attending to the patients’ needs.
  • Manage inventory of frames and contacts to ensure optimum customer satisfaction and product variety.
  • Communicate with the Optometrists with questions or concerns about prescriptions and any other eye-related issues.

Optician Qualifications and Skills

  • College degree preferred but high school or equivalent will be considered.
  • 2+ years experience in the optical field required, specifically with dispensing glasses and contact lenses.
  • Experience with all aspects of an optometric office including glasses and contact lenses.
  • Ability to operate optical equipment.
  • Excellent customer service, sales skills and attention to detail a must.


Pay:  $15.00 – $20.00


About Family Vision Development Center

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.  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.

Our patients trust us with their vision, and we do not take that responsibility lightly. In that respect, we continually strive to provide our patients with the most comprehensive neuro-optometric vision evaluations along with individualized treatment programs using the most current and effective equipment and methods.  Additionally, our philosophy of whole body wellness extends beyond the eyes. This refreshing view of vision care allows us to ‘see’ the whole person and make recommendations that extend beyond just clear vision and healthy eyes.

If you are interested in joining our team, see below to submit your resume.


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Watch for These 10 Lasting Vision Issues After a Brain Injury

A blow or jolt to the head is a serious thing and should never be taken lightly, as it can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Whether it is mild (often referred to as a concussion) or severe, a TBI can have lasting effects, especially when it comes to your vision. There are many events or circumstances that can cause a concussion or traumatic brain injury, such as:

  • Falling
  • Stroke
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Car accident
  • Physical assault
  • Sports activity collision

If you have experienced any of these, you should be on the lookout for some common visual symptoms that often follow a concussion or TBI.

Vision Issues Often Associated with a Brain Injury

A majority of people who experience a TBI or concussion-related injury will suffer from one or more of the following visual impairments:

  • Blurry vision
  • Double vision
  • Problems with eye movements or tracking
  • Depth perception issues
  • Peripheral vision loss
  • Light sensitivity
  • Reading difficulties
  • Aching eyes
  • Eye teaming issues
  • Improper eye alignment/eye turn

Unfortunately, many instances of injury-related vision problems go undiagnosed in the beginning.  The symptoms may seem mild or insignificant at first, and therefore medical treatment is not deemed necessary.  However, if left untreated, these issues can become much more serious.

Vision Therapy Following a Brain Injury

If you experience any kind of injury to the head, it is important to see both your medical doctor and an eye doctor who has specific training in TBI and concussion-related vision problems.  At Family Vision Development Center, our professional team has advanced training in neuro-optometric vision rehabilitation, which means we understand these types of injuries as well as the treatment needed to restore proper vision.  Using customized, therapeutic eye exercises, our specialized vision therapy programs are an extremely effective way to retrain the eyes and brain in order to recover normal visual skills.

We understand that each patient is unique and each vision therapy treatment plan should fit their specific needs.  As such, we provide each of our patients with a comprehensive neuro-optometric vision evaluation in order to create an individualized treatment program using the most current and effective vision therapy methods available.  We look forward to getting your vision back to normal so you can get back to enjoying life!  Give us a call at 630-862-2020 to schedule your appointment.

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4 Proven Explanations for Painful Light Sensitivity

Do you ever go outside on a sunny day and the bright light actually causes pain in your eyes?  Or maybe you walk into a brightly-lit room and immediately feel the need to squint?  This negative reaction to light is known as photophobia, or light sensitivity.  Photophobia is not an eye disease, but rather a symptom of a number of possible conditions.

Possible Reasons for Light Sensitivity

There are a number of possibilities when it comes to determining why your eyes are sensitive to light.  Some proven causes include:

Migraine headaches

Migraines are severe headaches that can be triggered by a number of factors, such as hormonal changes, stress or the environment.  Light sensitivity is a very common symptom of migraines and many people feel the need to dim the lights during a migraine attack in order to help ease the pain.

Conditions That Affect the Brain

Photophobia can be associated with certain serious brain conditions.  Symptoms of these conditions can include inflammation in or surrounding the brain, or bleeding near the brain.  These conditions can be life-threatening and immediate care should be sought if they are suspected.

  • Encephalitis
  • Meningitis
  • Subarachnoid hemmorrhage
  • Mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) or concussions

Conditions That Affect the Eyes

Light sensitivity can also be caused by a number of eye conditions including:

  • Dry eye syndrome – tears do not provide adequate moisture
  • Conjunctivitis – also known as “pink eye”
  • Cataracts – cloudy coverings over the lenses of the eyes
  • Corneal abrasion – a scratch or injury to the cornea
  • Scleritis – inflammation of the white part of the eye


Certain medications have been known to cause excess light sensitivity for some people, including:

  • Some antibiotics
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Certain acne medications
  • Medications used to treat malaria
  • Some heart medications
  • Certain diabetes drugs

What to Do for Photophobia

As previously stated, light sensitivity is a result of an underlying condition.  Therefore, treatment is most often accomplished by addressing that specific condition.  Once the underlying condition is treated, the light sensitivity should resolve on its own.  Additionally, you can try the following suggestions:

  • Wear quality sunglasses with polarized lenses when outdoors
  • Ask your doctor if light sensitivity is a side effect of any medications you are currently taking
  • Try to increase natural lighting at the office by turning off the fluorescent bulbs and opening window blinds
  • Get regular vision and medical exams to detect any abnormalities as early as possible


At Family Vision Development Center, we can help determine the underlying cause of your photophobia and work with you to discover the best treatment options.  Regular comprehensive vision exams are the best way to monitor your eye health, as we can quickly notice any changes in vision and start treatments as early as possible.  Contact our Aurora office at 630-862-2020 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

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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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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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8 Surprising Ways Stress Can Affect Your Vision

Stress levels have been at all-time highs for so many people throughout the past year.  Job worries, money concerns, remote learning and more can cause anxiety levels to increase – and that’s not good for anyone.  Aside from the possible effects on your heart and blood vessels, muscles, intestines and nervous system, stress can also have an impact on your vision.

How Stress and Vision are Related

Did you know that your eyes and vision are an extension of your brain? There are six muscles connected to each eye, and they receive signals from the brain. These signals direct the eyes movements and, thus, control their ability to focus. When you are stressed, your brain goes through a number of changes and signals some of your body’s glands to release hormones in an attempt to deal with the stressor. With the brain undergoing all of these alterations, the eyes may become impacted as a result of their connection.

Possible Vision Effects

When you experience a stressful moment, adrenaline is pumped through the body at great speeds. This causes the pupils to dilate, which increases the amount of light that enters the eyes. If too much light enters during a moment of anxiety, or if you go through repeated stressful moments and light penetrates the eyes, the following can occur:

  • Light sensitivity
  • Eye aches and strain
  • Blurriness
  • Eye twitching
  • Eye floaters
  • Tunnel vision
  • Double vision
  • Very dry or very wet eyes

Most stress-related eye issues are minor and temporary.  If you find yourself experiencing any of the above issues, try the following:


Closing your eyes

Taking deep breaths and/or meditating

Finding a distraction to take your mind off what is bothering you

Exercising (such as walking or running)

Writing in a journal


Don’t Delay Treatment

Long-term stress or anxiety can actually cause serious strain on your eyes, so it is important to see us if these issues do not resolve themselves quickly.  A comprehensive vision exam can help us discover the true cause of the vision problems, as well as allow us to determine the best form of treatment.  Additionally, if stress-reduction therapies are necessary, we can work with your medical doctor or other healthcare providers to find the right overall solutions.

At Family Vision Development Center, we take a one-on-one approach to vision care that focuses on whole body wellness that extends beyond the eyes.  We are dedicated to providing safe, personalized care to members of the whole family in a welcoming environment.  Contact us at 630-862-2020 for all of your eye care needs.


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Correct Vision Problems Now for Success in the New School Year

When a child has vision problems, it can affect many areas of their daily life, including their learning ability.  And it may not be as evident as blurred vision.  In fact, a child could have perfectly clear eyesight, but still have vision issues that can prevent them from achieving success in school.


Types of Vision Problems

There are several types of vision problems, all of which can affect your child’s ability to read, write and succeed in the classroom in different ways. The following are some common vision problems in children that may interfere with learning ability.


  • Refractive Errors

Children with a refractive error have an irregularly shaped cornea that does not bend light properly.  This can cause blurred vision, difficulty reading things up close or a crossing of the eyes.  If your child holds a book very close to their eyes or squints when trying to read or see the front of the classroom, they may be suffering from a refractive vision problem.


  • Functional Vision Problems

These refer to problems affecting the way that the eyes and brain work together. This can lead to problems in eye teaming (binocularity), accommodation (i.e., the ability of the eye to focus on an object at different distances), hand-eye coordination, peripheral vision or fine eye movements.  A child with a functional vision problem may experience double vision, transposing letters, confusing similar words, difficulty with reading, spelling and math, and poor performance in sports.


  • Perceptual Vision Problems

Perceptual vision problems are characterized by difficulty understanding and identifying what one sees.   A child with poor visual perception may have 20/20 vision, but might have trouble distinguishing between two similar letters (such as u and n), putting a puzzle together or finding a pair of matching socks in a drawer.  Other signs of a visual perception disorder could include skipping words or lines when reading, memorization trouble, or understanding a map.


Vision Therapy is an Effective Solution for Kids

One proven treatment for kids with visual concerns like those listed above is vision therapy.  This customized treatment plan consists of specialized eye exercises that work to retrain the eyes and brain in order to correct or restore visual ability.  At Family Vision Development Center, our providers are trained in a variety of advanced vision therapy techniques, so we can create a program that targets your child’s individual vision issues.


While parents may be quick to assume that their child’s learning ability is determined by their study habits, or even genetics, they may not even think to look at their vision.  A comprehensive eye exam at Family Vision Development Center can uncover any vision conditions or disorders that can lead to poor performance in school.  Early detection often provides more opportunity for treatment options, so it is recommended that kids get yearly vision exams to quickly discover any signs of a problem.  Contact us today at 630-862-2020 to schedule an appointment.

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4 Ways to Protect Your Vision at Every Age

Most people understand the importance of seeing their medical doctor for regular exams in order to maintain their health.  But seeing an eye doctor for vision exams on a regular basis is just as important in order to maintain proper eye heath.  Here’s what you can do to protect your vision at any age.


Start Early

The old saying about the early bird catching the worm is an accurate one, as many eye conditions are more effectively treated the earlier they are detected.  Unfortunately, many children are not getting regular eye exams, instead relying on simple screenings that do not detect many forms of eye disease.  For example, Amblyopia, a vision development disorder, can affect 2-3% of all children.  If promptly treated, vision loss can be avoided.  But if left untreated, it can escalate to the point of legal blindness.


Start Later

Even though the best time to start your visits to the eye doctor is while you are young, it is OK to start later in life.  Don’t get the idea that if you did not have eye exams as a child, there is no point going as an adult.  It is never too late to start caring for your eyes!  There are many treatment options available for adults so don’t hesitate to address any vision concerns as you get older.


Prevent Eye Diseases with Continued Care

As you age, regular eye exams can detect many eye diseases that can cause serious damage if not treated such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Age-related macular degeneration

Many eye diseases start without any symptoms and therefore go unnoticed for long periods of time, making treatment options more difficult in some cases.  A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to detect these diseases in their early stages when treatment is most effective for preventing vision loss.


Establish Routine Vision Exams for the Whole Family

The best way to maintain healthy vision is to establish a schedule for exams for each member of the family and stick to it.  It is recommended the children get their first exam at 6 months, then at age 3 and again before kindergarten.  Eye exams should be performed on an annual basis after age 5 and throughout life.  People with diabetes and those with a higher risk for glaucoma should get a dilated eye exam every year.

Regular visits to your optometrist can keep your vision strong throughout your life.  Contact Family Vision Development Center in Aurora at 630-862-2020 to schedule an appointment for each of your family members to get started on better eye health.

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5 Remarkable Results from Adult Vision Therapy Programs

Adult vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain, and consists of specialized “eye exercises” that help to recover or develop important visual skills.  Typical vision therapy programs are often recognized as a great way to help children correct their vision, improve their reading skills, increase their athletic ability and even feel better about themselves.  But the fact is, it can do the same amazing things for adults!  It’s never too late for self-improvement.  And while glasses or contacts alone may not be the best way to correct your vision, a customized adult vision therapy program just might give you the results you are looking for.  Here are a few important ways that vision therapy can make a difference in an adult’s life.


  1. Improve performance at work – the right adult vision therapy program can improve hand-eye coordination, the ability to read things up close (such a book or computer) and the ability to concentrate. These visual improvements not only improve performance, but can also reduce stress in the workplace and make you a more productive worker.


  1. Reduce headaches – more than 15% of adults experience severe headaches or migraines. Both of these are common symptoms of a binocular vision problem (a condition in which the eyes don’t align properly).  An adult vision therapy program can improve the communication between the eyes and brain, correct the binocular vision disorder and alleviate the headaches.


  1. Correct eye turns (strabismus) – while commonly experienced by children, adults can also suffer from strabismus, or eye turns. This can present as inward or outward crossing of one or both eyes, and can be consistent or intermittent. Vision therapy is highly effective for improving eye alignment, eye movements, focusing and more.


  1. Restore vision following a stroke or concussion – a traumatic brain injury (TBI), including a concussion, stroke, sports-related head injury, car accident or other violent blow to the head, can severely impact the visual system. A vision therapy program known as neuro-optometric rehabilitation can help restore visual impairment that has resulted from a TBI.


  1. Improve overall feeling of well-being – experiencing a vision disorder can have the same effect on an adult as it does on a child. A daily struggle with underdeveloped visual skills can have a big impact on your overall emotional health.  Adult vision therapy is a great way to improve overall performance, motivation and self-confidence, which can result in more happiness at home and with your family.


Family Vision doctors are adult vision therapy specialists

Our vision therapy specialists have extensive experience and advanced training in a variety of techniques, including advanced therapy such as vision rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury and syntonic light therapy.  We treat patients of all ages, and will customize your treatment plan according to your specific vision correction needs.  Contact our Aurora office at 630-862-2020 to learn more or to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.


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