As the start of school in Nanaimo gets closer, many parents start thinking about the reading problems, learning disabilities, or trouble focusing that the teacher was talking about last year (dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADD or ADHD).  What needs to be done to make this year better?  What are tools or approaches that can help your […]

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Just the other day a family from Nanaimo, concerned about their child, was asking about how common vision conditions are in children with learning disabilities.  A recent paper by doctors Quaid and Simpson cites that up to 80% of struggling readers are lacking one or more visual skills that are essential for reading (Read the […]

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Dizziness and vertigo are some of the most common symptoms in post concussion syndrome, or after someone has had a brain injury.  The injury to the brain causes a disruption of how the brain is processing information about the environment, and how the brain understands the body’s position within the environment. First let’s break down […]

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Just the other day a mom from Nanaimo asked the question about her daughter who has been diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD, and her other child with developmental coordinations disorder.  ‘Could vision be a problem? If so, why doesn’t vision get looked at as part of testing?’ A great question, and an area that can […]

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It’s another Thursday afternoon in as I sit down with a young woman in her twenties and her mother.  Katie (not her real name) had been referred by Bernard Tonks, one of the top physiotherapists in the area of dizziness and vestibular function.  She then opens up that she’s had ongoing dizziness every single day […]

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‘You cured my concussion’ he writes to me.  This is exactly how he sees it.  In reality what we did was diagnose and treat the vision conditions that were caused by his concussion.  These vision conditions were responsible for many of the concussion symptoms that the he had been experiencing.  Dizziness, fatigue, headaches, migraines, balance […]

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What if our current thinking on Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is completely overlooking something so obvious? Let’s look at the logic and language involved with the diagnosis.  Think critically, and you may find a solution. Developmental– concerned with the development of someone or something. Coordination: the organization of the different elements of a complex body or […]

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Gaslight (verb):  to manipulate someone in to questioning their own sanity. It seems like almost every day I meet someone who has been told that their dizziness, nausea, headaches and other symptoms are psychological.  Sometimes it’s chalked up to depression or anxiety (despite solid research showing that eye movement problems are not caused by depression […]

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‘Everyone is entitled to (their) own opinion, but not (their) own facts’ –Daniel Patrick Moynihan ‘Vision therapy does not work.’ I hear this all the time, and so have thousands of the people I have worked with.  It comes from teachers, spouses, friends, optometrists, and especially doctors.  This statement has caused kids to continue to […]

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Convergence insufficiency is a problem with how the eyes work together, that can affect reading speed, comprehension, ability to sustain focus and more.  The official study just published can be seen here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29577409. Well done study in getting improvement in a short period of time. Often the maximum improvement takes longer, but it’s much more […]

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Dizziness, nausea and vertigo can be debilitating symptoms that many people just learn to live with.  But what if they didn’t have to?  Most often we think of dizziness as a vestibular problem, because we are all familiar with how our inner ear is important for balance, and it is.  Many cases of dizziness are […]

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It’s with great excitement that Opto-mization Neurovisual Performance Nanaimo is taking on new patients. For years, families and people have been driving down to Victoria from as far away as Tahsis on a regular basis. The results were worth the travel, but it was hard on families, and the Malahat isn’t always driver friendly.

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Susan tried vestibular rehabilitation to address vertigo with little progress. Vision therapy provided insight. I was diagnosed with disequilibrium and vestibular/ vision mismatch last fall. It was so debilitating that I was unable to work. I was almost constantly dizzy, nauseated, and anxious. I was unable to concentrate and had frequent headaches whenever I tried […]

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Scott was told amblyopia (lazy eye) would deteriorate his vision. Vision therapy changed his viewpoint. It has been a couple of months since my last vision therapy appointment (and graduation!) and I wanted to thank you once again for the encouragement and inspiring atmosphere at your centre. Dr. McCrodan, you and your staff extended every […]

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In grade 6, Sandra’s son suffered a serious concussion. Vision therapy helped him regain balance. My son (grade 6 student) commenced treatment with Dr McCrodan after suffering a serious concussion accident.  He also had been diagnosed with dyslexia and the combination of the concussion accident had left him with no balance, memory loss and a […]

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Robyn’s concussion left her disoriented and exhausted. Vision therapy helped her escape a state of limbo. In February 2015 I suffered a serious concussion that left me disoriented, nauseous, dizzy and exhausted. I was unable to work at my job as an editor. I went from working 12-hour days to lying on the couch with […]

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Alexandra suffered severe headaches that halted her work performance and ability to care for her children. Two years ago I became unwell.  It started as dizziness and progressed very rapidly to a host of symptoms including nausea, crippling headaches, disorientation, stuttering, vertigo, and complete exhaustion.  I spent a fair amount of time in doctors’ offices, […]

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Tait was suffering from a dizzying mix of visual conditions.  Neurovisual optometry solved the problem. When I met Dr. McCrodan, I was on a lonely mission. I had a unique mystery to solve; one that appeared no one could help me solve or even help me towards making significant improvements. That all changed when I […]

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A graduate student started suffering from eye strain. Traditional glasses weren’t helping. I started suffering from eye strain in my early 20s during my first full-time desk job. Then, when I decided to add to the number of hours spent using a computer by becoming a part-time graduate student, I noticed a tugging sensation in […]

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