As Dr. EYEnstein said on the home page, there are no “routine examinations.” However, Dr. Hussey strives to test all patients in as thorough, regular and systematic a way as possible. The reason is simple: The only way to differentiate normal from deficient is to see the differences between the two on identical testing. Our research is very clear: Currently there are no quick tests to look for intermittent central suppression. We have to watch over time, and our routine examination procedures are designed to do just that.
As the parent, start with these six questions
- Does my child skip or repeat lines when reading?
- Do words run together when reading?
- Miss small words when reading?
- Have poor reading comprehension?
- Have trouble keeping attention on reading?
- Have trouble completing assignments?
If those ring true for your child, take a look at the full symptom checklist. In the evaluation, we’ll look at how your child sees in the classical sense (20/20), but also how your child’s eyes work together.
Glasses are wonderful devices.
But they can’t fix everything.
That’s when we talk about therapy.
Kids are not the only people who have binocular vision problems—adults do, too. Head and neck trauma can cause intermittent central suppression, as Dr. Hussey documented in a case study. “Routinely” examining our patients for binocular vision problems allowed Dr. Hussey to find that first case of whiplash-produced suppression.
Dr. Hussey is happy to send a report when he diagnoses a suppression problem or amblyopia or strabismus. That should provide you with the information necessary to make decisions about your child’s (or your) well-being, as well as the time to think about the options. The report should spell out options as we see them. Always remember, you’re in charge.