The Mind-Eye Connection
The premise behind The Mind-Eye Connection concept puts an emphasis on enhancing the connections between the auditory and visual systems. It is important to realize that eyesight is only one small part of the visual system; there are many other visual inputs often not addressed during routine eye exams. Each of the systems develop in a hierarchy, linking with other systems' development. For instance, motor skills and visual skills combine for good hand-eye coordination, or visual and auditory skills combine for reading.
Each person is unique due to differences in genetics, experiences and mind and body control. In fact, it is important to realize that there are crucial links between the body, environment and the mind which determine personality traits.
Even gifted people may have discrepancies among those connections. They may have an over developed mind, but lack social skills (environmental awareness), or they may be gifted in sports (body control) and be poor at academics, etc. Gifted leadership skills are just as important as gifted music and art skills.
At The Mind-Eye Connection we take an individualized approach to every single one of our patients. Each one of our doctors' skills compliment each other, allowing our practice to offer a broad spectrum of services for a variety of populations with various backgrounds. Below is a brief overview of the approach taken by our practice in all these different areas.
Levels of Care
Eyesight is only one small part of vision. At the Mind-Eye Connection, every patient receives a traditional eye check-up. Some patients, however, need a more comprehensive evaluation of symptoms that might seem unrelated to the eyes.
To that end, we provide 3 distinct levels of care:
- Traditional Eye Care: Can you see clearly? Are your eyes healthy?
- Developing Mind-Eye Connections: Can you efficiently see with ease and comfort? Are you effectively using your visual system?
- Re-Developing Mind-Eye Connections: Are the systems connected with your eyes correctly synchronized?
Traditional Eye Care
--- Traditional & Annual Exams ---
Can you see clearly? Are your eyes healthy?
Eye Health Examination: The doctor examines the structures of the eye, measures the pressure of the eye and diagnoses and manages eye diseases/disorders. Visual acuity, color vision and depth perception are also assessed, and if necessary, a prescription is determined to improve eyesight
Contact lens fittings may also be provided, using the newest lens materials and wearing schedules. For patients with difficult lens fits, corneal topography is used to create a map of the front of the eye. This individualized contact lens fitting helps patient comfort and vision.
Developing Mind-Eye Connections
--- Sensory Processing Assessments ---
In addition to the traditional eye examination, The Mind-Eye Connection provides Visual Processing Evaluations which determine whether you efficiently see with ease and comfort. This level of evaluation includes specific testing for ranges of comfort in eye aiming, focusing, eye teaming and evaluates your awareness of and interaction with your environment.
This is helpful for people who have trouble gathering and processing incoming information, for instance those who are lacking in social skills or organization. Typically, patients that would benefit from this kind of evaluation are labeled to exhibit learning difficulties. Symptoms include not being able to easily transition from one situation to another or not being able to visualize concepts while keeping the details in mind. The most common sign observed is avoidance (i.e. avoiding driving, essay writing, reading or sports, etc.).
Re-Developing Mind-eye Connections
--- Neuro-Developmental Assessments ---
When conventional eyeglasses are not beneficial, other systems must be considered. Are the systems connected with your eyes corrected synchronized? Here, the linkage among posture, auditory and biochemical systems are analyzed, all which influence eye control and usage.
This level of testing is beneficial for people who have delicately balanced visual systems, where minimal environmental changes are annoying. People who have difficulty in coordination, maintaining attention, or have a delay in development often benefit from this extensive battery of testing which gets to a root cause of a problem, rather than simply addressing symptoms.
How Can We Help?
Vision is affected by changes in the nervous systems. The Mind-Eye Connection measures sensory integration – how auditory, visual, balance and motor pathways interact with the mind and with each other. What you see, and how you see, creates your world.
The Mind-Eye Connection provides workshops to groups so that they understand first hand what types of subtle clues to look for.
Books are available summarizing in layperson form how visual processing is important. At our practice, developmental examinations cover much more than how well you can see. For example, a child who is diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, CAPD, Developmental Delays, may in fact be producing these symptoms partially because of visual systems dysfunctions. An optometrist specializing in visual processing looks at the big picture of how the environment affects the person’s mind and body. This involves the interaction between a person and their environment, as well as unconscious reflex functions.
Diagnostic and Consultation Services are available to provide patients with a bigger plan for Autism, Allergies and Chemical Imbalances, Brain Injury, Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), Dyslexia, Electrocution Survivors, Head Trauma, Macular Degeneration, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Perceptual deficits resulting from Strokes, Punctal Plugs for Dry Eyes.
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