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Behavioral optometrist helps fight learning disabilities

LATHAM -- More than 20 percent of students have vision problems that interfere with learning.

Behavioral optometrist, Robert Fox says common vision problems can often be the issue. Fox says getting an exam should be one of the first go-to options if a child is showing symptoms.

"We help children succeed in school, sports and life," says Dr. Fox.

Dr. Fox works with patients through personalized programs of care. He helps improve their skills and abilities to better their every day lives.

Even with 20/20 vision, someone can experience the following symptoms:
-Take "hours" to do 20 minutes of homework
-Miss or re-read words or lines on the page
-Short attention span when doing work that requires near vision work
-Work below his or her potential
-Misbehave or act as the "class clown" to distract attention from academic problems
-Reverse words or letters after the second grade
-Squint, rub eyes, hunch over work or complain of frequent headaches

Jennifer Chapman works with Dr. Fox, and both of her kids are patients. Her advice to parents:

"If there are issues at home, don't immediately assume it is because your kid is lazy or giving you a hard time. They may have a vision issue, my children did. Valentine's day was the worse," says Chapman. "we could only write out 2-3 cards a day for her classmates before my daughter was burnt out."

Athletes have even found optometry helpful.

"Many people like athletes, even at the professional level, use this kind of therapy for an extra edge," says Dr. Fox.

Dr. Fox will be presenting free workshops to the public.

The first will teach parents more about vision and learning problems. The workshop will be Tuesday, August 13, 2013 7-8:30 p.m.

Another workshop about computers, television and texting will be held Tuesday, September 10, 2013. The workshop will be 7-8:30 p.m. It will discuss the impact technology has on our eyes.

Both workshops are located at the Fox Vision Development Center located at 1202 Troy-Schenectady Road Latham, NY 12110.
If you are interested in either workshop RSVP to Jenn Chapman, her number is 518-374-8001.

The third up-coming event this year is the Vision, ADHD and the Out-of-Sync child workshop. This will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This particular workshop will be held at Saratoga Springs Public Library located at 49 Henry Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. To RSVP call 518-584-7860.

If you would like to look up a behavior optometrist in your area, click here.

You can also visit Dr. Fox's website by clicking here.
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