The standard 20/20 Eye Chart and Exam only tests visual acuity (sharpness) at twenty feet for each eye, separately. But, effective visual performance also depends on both eyes working together ("binocular" vision) for optimal vision and learning. Even children and adults with "normal" 20/20 vision (or corrected to 20/20 with glasses or contacts) may have significant binocular vision problems These problems - untreated - will interfere with learning, job performance, and leisure activities:
In fact, 20 percent of all children suffer some type of binocular vision impairment which may profoundly impact their ability to learn - particularly in grades 1-4 when reading and writing are taught in progressively challenging steps. Many children are misdiagnosed with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD - without ever having the their vision checked properly!
One of the primary goals of the Bernstein Center is to help patients identify binocular vision problems (see symptoms). While we provide a wide range of testing services, the basic evaluation tool we use is called a Comprehensive Visual Exam. It takes about an hour - and there's no eyedrops or discomfort. It's the first step toward optimal visual performance.
Visual performance deficits caused by binocular vision problems are treated with glasses, contact lenses, eye patches, and Vision Therapy.
Vision Therapy involves a series of procedures and activities designed to help retrain the vision system to process input correctly. Like speech therapy or physical therapy - vision therapy is done over a period of time (typically 3 to 6 months).
The Bernstein Center also treats individuals of all ages with with vision problems resulting from brain injuries (ABI/TBI), Similarly, people of all ages who are heavy computer users may experience eyestrain and headaches from vision related problems - Computer Vision Syndrome.
Our Sports Enhancement Program is designed for athletes of all ages. Athletes may improve their sports performance by tuning and retraining their visual system using vision therapy.
Both the Bernstein Center for Visual Performance and Family Vision Care Associates serve the following areas:
New York: Westchester County: White Plains, Chappaqua, Pleasantville, Briacliff Manor, Tarrytown, Elmsford, Hartsdale, Scarsdscale, Port Chester, Eastchester, New Rochelle, Rye, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle; Rockland County: Chestnut Ridge, Nyack, Spring Valley; Putnam County: Mahopac, Brewster, Carmel; NYC .
Connecticut: Fairfield County: Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, New Canaan, Westport, Ridgefield.