I have Dr. Bryce Appelbaum joining me for a two-part series to get into the misdiagnoses and missed opportunities of vision and explain why healthcare has it all wrong about the eyes. Today we dive into vision therapy, why nearsightedness is increasing alarmingly quickly, and how ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia relate to vision. We also discuss the controversy surrounding eye-patching, and Dr. Applebaum shares many helpful tips along the way.
The two main components of nearsightedness:
About Dr Applebaum:
Dr. Bryce Appelbaum is a pioneer in neuro-optometry passionate about unlocking life’s potential through vision.
His expertise includes reorganizing the visual brain post-concussion to return to learn and return to life, remediating visual developmental delays interfering with reading and learning, and enhancing visual skills to elevate sports performance.
Dr. Appelbaum has been featured on the front page of USA Today, in the New York Times Magazine, Bethesda Magazine, and as the cover story of OT Advance.
Dr. Appelbaum has worked with hundreds of professional athletes, numerous professional and collegiate sports teams, and countless amateur athletes to transform raw talent into honed performance through vision.
He also helps teams consider who to draft or sign as free agents based on assessing a player’s visual potential and identifying how far off they may be from operating at that ceiling.
He is the owner and managing doctor at Appelbaum Vision, PC, a private practice specializing in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation with offices in Bethesda and Annapolis Maryland.
Dr. Appelbaum is a board-certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Southern College of Optometry.
Dr. Appelbaum is on a mission to change the way the world views vision. He believes there is more to vision than just 20/20 eyesight and has developed programs to retrain the brain to revise the eyes. He is here with us today to discuss The Misdiagnoses and Missed Opportunities of Vision: why healthcare has it all wrong about the eyes?
In this episode:
What vision therapy is. (3:15)
Why nearsightedness is increasing at an alarming rate. (5:31)
How people end up always needing glasses. (6:38)
How far should you sit from a screen? (7:55)
How hidden vision problems could relate to ADD and ADHD. (10:26)
What convergence insufficiency is and how to test kids for it. (11:05)
How eyesight differs from vision. (12:53)
How hidden vision problems relate to dyslexia. (13:57)
Why you should never use Visine eye drops. (18:31)
How omega 3 fatty acids benefit dry eyes. (20:19)
What causes amblyopia (lazy eye)? (27:00)
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