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