Evolution of Medicine Podcast with James Maskell & Dr. Bryce Appelbaum

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Evolution of Medicine: Functional Optometry with James Maskell & Dr. Bryce Appelbaum

James Maskell: “I couldn’t imagine a greater gift than that, having seen just how the reduction in the function of a sense will dramatically affect your life”

Dr. Bryce Appelbaum joins James Maskell on the Evolution of Medicine Podcast in their first ever episode on Functional Optometry.

This episode is packed with tangible takeaways as well as educational content about the field of functional optometry. James & Dr. Bryce discuss a whole host of under the radar symptoms and discuss specifically what to be aware of when it comes to vision health and vision development particularly in younger children. 

Tune in to learn more about the below and so much more when it comes to functional optometry. 

In this episode: 

  • One in 10 kids has a vision problem significant enough to impact learning.
  • What is a functional medical practitioner for vision and how does it differ from ‘regular’ optometry
  • ScreenFit: a program when office-based treatment is not available that is a revolutionary online vision training program to help minimize the damage of screens to vision. 
  • Waldorf education and developmentally appropriate educational philosophies
  • How inflammation and cardiometabolic health relate to eye function
  • Dr. Bryce’s own story with Vision as a young athlete and how he discovered first hand the impact of Vision Therapy
  • The hidden impact of Covid-19 becoming the new host of symptoms that we’re seeing in clinic as the screen pandemic
  • And so much more

A Holistic Approach to Healing Your Vision with The Life Edge Podcast

A Holistic Approach to Healing Your Vision with Chris from The Life Edge

If our prescriptions keep increasing throughout the years, there is always a reason why. That's not normal.

Join us for a special episode of The Life Edge Podcast where Dr. Bryce Appelbaum talks to Chris. They discuss the mis-diagnoses associated with vision, the journey that Dr. Appelbaum went on in order to become a highly specialized neuro-optometrist. We also discuss Chris’s own journey with vision, eyesight and his experience doing the ScreenFit Program. Dr. Bryce talks about how vision therapy is helping people, especially those recovering from serious head injuries. Tune in to this episode for a deeper look into the wonders of our eyes and the science of vision therapy. 

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How to Keep Our Eyes and Vision Healthy with Ask Dr. Jessica

How to Keep Our Eyes and Vision Healthy with Ask Dr. Jessica

Join me and the incredible Dr. Jessica Hochman in this episode where we talk about how when children are experiencing behavioral issues and frustration in school, it is important to consider visual issues as a cause.  

We also dive deep into the exciting treatment programs on offer to help people reach their optimum visual potential— and just how MANY visual issues are avoidable and treatable with the proper therapy.  

Dr Jessica Hochman is a board certified pediatrician, mom to three children, and she is very passionate about the health and well being of children. Most of her educational videos are targeted towards general pediatric topics and presented in an easy to understand manner.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why are more vision problems emerging more now than every before with children?
  • What is the difference between eyesight and vision?
  • Recommendations for managing screen time
  • How to practice “20-20-20” for visual hygiene
  • Doing vision therapy verses getting stronger prescription lenses as we age
  • How vision problems can lead to or be misdiagnosed as ADD, ADHD, or dyslexia

The Role of Vision in Your Overall Wellness with Wellness Mama

Vision plays an important role in your overall wellness - with Wellness Mama, Katie Wells

This episode with Wellness Mama’s very own Katie Wells is a must-listen for anyone who suspects they have vision problems or anybody wanting to make sure they’ve considered their kids vision!

Dr. Bryce and Katie dive into the concept that vision and eyesight actually aren’t the same thing. Vision refers to our brain’s ability to communicate with our eyes and things like too much screen time, early reading, and concussions can all affect our eye’s ability to see.

We talk about the rise of vision problems since Covid, after everyone’s screen time took a huge jump. And more importantly we talk about what you can do about it with things like Vision Therapy and  programs that help retrain the brain for better vision and so that vision doesn’t have to get worse with age or screen-use!

Inside this episode: 

  • The misdiagnosis and missed opportunities of vision and eyecare and why healthcare has it all wrong about the eyes
  • Eyesight and vision are different things and need to be treated differently
  • Eyesight refers to how well you can see on a chart or in a classroom
  • Vision refers to how our eyes work together and how we derive meaning from the world around us
  • Why vision problems are brain problems and why there is a fix for these
  • Most doctors are reactive rather than proactive when it comes to vision
  • All functional visual skills are learned skills
  • Screens and even early reading might be contributing to eye issues
  • Many vision problems are maladaptations
  • How motion sickness, trouble with eye contact, resistance to reading, etc can be symptoms of vision struggles
  • Vision therapy is physical therapy for the brain through the eyes… and how it works
  • How vision relates to sports performance
  • Over 80% of what kids learn in classrooms comes from visual inputs and many kids have things going on that interfere with optimal visual processing
  • Why Dr. Bryce believes that things like ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia are incomplete diagnoses unless vision is also evaluated
  • Why it is estimated that by 2050, half of the world will be myopic
  • The vast majority of motion sickness has a visual component that is treatable
  • Why vision should not get worse with age unless there are functional problems that are impacting our ability to use our eyes well
  • Even if someone needs glasses, prescription should not get worse each year
  • Exercises to help open up periphery and improve vision
  • Any brain at any age can be taught and neuroplasticity is lifelong

The Difference Between Eyesight & Vision with Liz Moody

Healthier Together with Liz Moody: The Difference Between Eyesight & Vision & How to Optimize Both

“Eyesight is a symptom of a vision problem”

Join bestselling author and journalist Liz Moody and Neuro-Optometrist  Dr. Bryce Appelbaum to hear more about an eye doctor’s tips for supporting eye health in adults and children, including screen time recommendations, tips for dry eyes, daily exercises for vision support, and more. Plus the important difference between eyesight and vision.
In this episode
  • The difference between eyesight and vision
  • Why blue light shouldn’t get as bad of a reputation as it does
  • How the 20/20/20 rule can transform your eye health
  • A genius way to use your vision to instantly increase creativity 
  • Three quick exercises to do daily for better eye health
  • A post-concussion protocol 
  • Exactly how much screen time children should have at each age + how to protect their vision generally 
  • The two main risk factors for nearsightedness + what to do to prevent it
  • Easy hacks for preventing dry eyes (+ why eye drops could be doing more harm than good!)
  • Why you may want to opt for contacts over glasses + the best kind of contacts
  • What’s causing itchy eyes, floaters, twitching, & more (+ how to get rid of them!)
  • An eye doctor’s honest thoughts on LASIK


Understanding Vision Post Concussion – Eyes, Sport & Nutrition

Dr. Bryce 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. He joins with Bella to discuss the importance of addressing your vision after experiencing a brain injury. We also go onto discuss the constant use of screens today and different aspects of nutrition that may affect your recovery.

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Vision Challenges & ADHD with The Soaring Child Podcast

In this episode with Soaring Child, we are exploring an interesting topic – neuro-optometry and the correlation between vision problems and ADHD.
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, remediating visual developmental delays interfering with reading and learning, and enhancing visual skills to elevate sports performance.

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Revolution Health Radio: The New Pandemic – Why Screens Are Ruining Our Kids’ Eyes​

Dr. Bryce Appelbaum, OD, joins Chris Kresser on this episode of Revolution Health Radio to talk about the link between vision and your health. They discuss what vision is and how we learn it, why vision problems are actually brain problems and how they’re preventable and treatable, the impact of screen use on vision and brain development, what environmental factors can affect vision development, the correlation between ADHD and other behavioral disorders in children and vision, and the emerging field of vision therapy, which can help reverse some of these impacts.

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How Eye Health and Metabolic Health Are Related with Cynthia Thurlow

In this episode, we dive into Dr. Appelbaum’s background in neuro-optometry and discuss how his family influenced his career trajectory. We get into eye physiology and the differences between vision and sight and explain how eye problems are also brain problems specific to rewiring our brain and processing. We discuss the impact of nutrition on eye health, foods to support vision and eye health, and how electronics impact myopia. We also talk about ways to address screen limits and visual hygiene, traumatic brain injuries, and more.

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Mind Body Green: ScreenFit Review

“You may not even recognize it, but your tech places a lot of extra strain and stress on the visual system—so much so that your productivity, focus, and efficiency may start to decrease. That’s where ScreenFit comes into play, as the program can dramatically decrease those dreaded symptoms (blur, strain, dryness, etc.) so that you get more done and, most importantly, feel comfortable doing it.”

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