ReadAlyzer Tracks Eye Movements to Capture Reading Difficulties in Children

When we read, our eyes move in a coordinated fashion. This is called eye tracking. Eye movements are a combination of short, rapid movements (saccades) and short stops (fixations). Our central vision processes what we see in clear detail, while our peripheral vision locates surrounding text to let us know where to aim our eyes next.  Sometimes, however, the eyes do not track well. This may cause reading difficulties. This is when the ReadAlyzer can help. The ReadAlyzer is an Eye Movement Recording System with automatic analysis and evaluation of eye movements while reading. This device is normally used after…
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By 2050, Half the World Will Be Shortsighted. You Should Be Worried.

Even if you’re not short-sighted now there’s a big chance you will be, even before 2050 happens. Studies from the Brien Holden Vision Institute show strong evidence that the world is going down the path of a myopia epidemic. In Australia and New Zealand, the number of myopes (short-sighted individuals) is projected to increase from 5 million in year 2000 to 22 million in year 2050. Globally, that’s 5 billion people suffering from myopia—with 1 billion from high myopia—by year 2050. Very alarming. Why the Shape of Your Eyeball Matters Glasses, contact lenses and refractive surgery may help to correct…
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Case Study: “Vision Therapy Made My Daughter Believe in Herself Again”

This is a case study presented through the view of the mother. I am Jeanette, proud mother to Brianna, age 12, and happy to share how vision therapy has helped my daughter see better and gain back her confidence in learning. First Signs When our daughter Brianna was 1, we noticed her eyes would turn out. We used to tell her to blink, and the eye turn would correct itself. We went to several doctors and specialists for advice, and at age 7, Bree underwent surgery to straighten her eyes. Two years later her eye turn returned. Her eye turn…
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An Unusual Eye Condition Called Nystagmus

Nystagmus Nystagmus is an involuntary movement of the eye, from side to side in a swinging motion. These movements are usually jerking or jiggling “to and fro” or up and down. Nystagmus is typically classified as congenital or acquired, with multiple subcategories. Manifest Nystagmus Congenital Nystagmus Manifest-latent Nystagmus Acquired Nystagmus Latent Nystagmus Congenital Nystagmus onset in the first few months of age. Most common nystagmus is congenital, where both eyes move together and oscillate like a pendulum. Many people with congential mystagmus have a “null zone” meaning a position of gaze when the eyes moves the least and vision is clear, with a face…
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How Optometrists Can Help With Sports Vision

Sports Vision Some sports men and women take their vision for granted and may believe that vision has little or no effect on their performance. Individual sports performance relies on effective vision. Inaccurate distance judgment, blurry vision and poor tracking eye movements can prevent athletes reaching their full potential. Depth perception, visualisation, peripheral awareness, visual reaction time and eye/hand co-ordination are visual skills which also can affect performance. Optometric sports vision care involves the examination of all visual functions which influence a competitor’s ability to perform at the highest level. A vital aspect of that care is advising patients on the most suitable…
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