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Why We Use RightEye for Vision Therapy at EYEcenter Optometric

See how RightEye can improve the way you live your life!

Our EYEcenter Optometric team is excited to join forces with RightEye to better evaluate, diagnose, and define visual processing problems in our patients of all ages. RightEye is a breakthrough technology that uses computer-based eye tracking software and equipment to identify muscle imbalances and assess eye movement.

Why is this information important? Because even if you think you see perfectly, you could still suffer from various eye health and visual performance issues that could benefit from vision therapy; your involuntary eye movements can be a strong indicator of these issues.

“Vision is more than 20/20 eyesight,” says Palmer N. Lee, O.D.. “Without vision, our balance, hand-eye coordination, reading comprehension, ability to drive, catch a ball—it’s all compromised. RightEye is an opportunity for patients to transform how they lead their lives and doctors to transform how they run their practices. And all it takes is minutes.”

Within mere minutes, RightEye can give our optometrists a wide, objective, and quantitative view of your overall visual health. Using this cutting-edge diagnostic tool, we will custom-design the most helpful vision therapy sessions possible to treat your vision condition.

Introducing RightEye

Our EYEcenter Optometric eye doctors can’t wait to introduce you to this state-of-the-art device!

“RightEye is computer-based eye-tracking software and equipment,” explains Palmer N. Lee, O.D.. “At EYEcenter Optometric, we use it to detect muscle imbalances and diagnose how the eyes are tracking.”

The RightEye system is an all-inclusive solution for testing visual function by tracking eye movements and relating them to various health issues. It captures pictures of eye movements 30-250 times per second! It is a compact unit, about the size of a laptop, and it can be operated with ease by all members of our optometry team.

RightEye records your eye movements and compares them simultaneously with a large cross-section of society to detect or rule out any problematic eye conditions. It can indicate visual problems related to brain health, reading, or sports performance. The non-invasive test takes only five minutes and provides immediate results.

How RightEye vision tests can be used

Eye tracking tests by RightEye can provide significant information to identify issues with functional vision. For example, it can:

  • Provide baseline concussion tests
  • Monitor eye movements to identify health and vision conditions
  • Improve athletic performance by pinpointing vision strengths and weaknesses
  • Track the effects of vision treatment and recovery
  • Identify the early signs of Parkinson’s disease and autism
  • Detect binocular vision problems that interfere with reading and learning

RightEye = A proven tool for optimizing vision & your life

As the first commercialized eye-tracking solution for your overall well-being, RightEye has demonstrated success when applied for optometry, medicine, and sports. At EYEcenter Optometric, our highly qualified optometrists and vision therapy professionals use RightEye to uncover troublesome issues with functional vision and brain health. Armed with this information, we will design the best customized treatment to transform your vision and radically upgrade how you live your life!


At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Mental Health and Your Vision

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA; in Canada, Mental Health week is May 6th to 12th. Since 1949, it has been observed throughout the United States as a way of drawing attention to the importance of proper mental health. This year’s theme is #4Mind4Body. The idea is that using elements around us, such as the people in our lives, faith, nature, and even pets, can strengthen wellness and overall mental health.

Did you know that your vision can affect your mental health? While things like stress, trauma, and family history are factors that impact mental health, vision can also impact it.

How Does Vision Affect Mental Health?

Certain types of eye diseases and visual impairments can lead to emotional problemslike anxiety and depression. This is particularly common in cases of severe vision loss. Patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy, for example, can experience mild to acute vision loss. This can make everyday activities like driving, running errands, watching TV, using a computer, or cooking, a difficult and painful experience. When this happens, it can cause a loss of independence, potentially leaving the person mentally and emotionally devastated.

Like most surgical procedures, LASIK corrective surgery is permanent and irreversible. Although it has very high success rates, LASIK has been considered the cause of depression and mental health issues in a few instances.

Kids’ Vision and Mental Health

Increased screen time among school-age children and teens has been shown to reduce emotional stability and cause repeated distractions and difficulty completing tasks, while also increasing the likelihood of developing nearsightedness.

Kids with visual problems often experience difficulty in school. If they can’t see the board clearly or constantly struggle with homework due to poor vision, they may act out their frustration or have trouble getting along with their peers.

Coping with Vision Problems

One of the most important ways to cope with visual problems is awareness. Simply paying attention to the signs and symptoms — whether the patient is an adult or a child — is a crucial first step.

Family members, close friends, colleagues, parents, and teachers can all play an important role in detecting emotional suffering in those with visual difficulties. Pay attention to signs of changes in behavior, such as a loss of appetite, persistent exhaustion, or decreased interest in favorite activities.

Thankfully, many common vision problems are treatable. Things like double vision, hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), amblyopia (lazy eye), and post-concussion vision difficulties can be managed. Vision correction devices, therapeutic lenses, visual exercises, or special prism glasses may help provide the visual clarity you need. Your primary eye doctor can help and a vision therapist or low vision expert may make a significant impact on your quality of life.

How You Can Help

There are some things you can do on your own to raise awareness about good mental health:

Speak Up

Often, just talking about mental health struggles can be incredibly empowering. Ask for help from family and friends or find a local support group. Be open and honest about what you’re going through and talk with others who are going through the same thing. Remember: you’re not alone.

If you experience any type of sudden changes to your vision — even if it’s temporary — talk to your eye doctor. A delay in treatment may have more serious consequences, so speak up and don’t wait.

Get Social

Developing healthy personal relationships improves mental health. People with strong social connections are less likely to experience severe depression and may even live longer. Go out with friends, join a club, or consider volunteering.

Have an Animal

Having a pet has been shown to boost mental health and help combat feelings of loneliness. Guide dogs can be especially beneficial for people suffering from vision loss.

Use Visual Aids

If you or a loved one is experiencing mental health issues caused by vision loss, visual aids can help. Devices like magnifiers or telescopic lenses can enlarge text, images, and objects, so you can see them more clearly and in greater detail.

Kids can benefit from vision correction like glasses, contacts, or specialized lenses for more severe cases of refractive errors. Vision therapy may be an option, too. It is a customized program of exercises that can improve and strengthen visual functions.

Always talk to your eye doctor about any concerns, questions, or struggles.

Thanks to programs like Mental Health Awareness Month, there is less of a stigma around mental health than just a few decades ago. Advancements in medical technologies and scientific research have led to innovative solutions for better vision care.

During this Mental Health Awareness Month, share your share your struggles, stories, and successes with others. Use the hashtag #Mind4Body and give your loved ones hope for a healthy and high quality of life.

 

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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