Pediatric Eye Exams
Eyes on Northshore offers pediatric eye exams for children and infants as young as 6 months old. Dr. Susan completed a residency in pediatric optometry and is specially trained in pediatric eye care. Click here to see the Visual Development Timeline.
- The American Optometric Association recommends a child have his/her first eye exam at 6 months of age.
- Children should have an eye exam at 6 months, 3 years, 5 years, and yearly after beginning kindergarten.
- Vision screenings are not equivalent to comprehensive eye exams. COVD estimates 1 in 10 children have a vision problem severe enough to affect their learning in school; school screenings can miss up to half of these problems.
Special Needs Eye Exams
Dr. Susan also specializes in providing eye exams for children and adults with special needs. Children and adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities have a higher rate of vision disorders; many of these vision problems often go undetected and untreated. Dr. Susan is specially trained to examine patients who are non-verbal and those with a variety of special needs conditions, including autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy.
Vision Therapy for infants, children, and adults can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including convergence insufficiency, amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye turn or eye wandering), oculomotor dysfunction/ saccadic deficiency, visual dysfunctions/discomfort following concussion/brain injury or post-stroke, or and learning-related vision problems. Vision Therapy at our office is individualized for each patient and family. Dr. Susan programs a therapy plan, tailored to the patient needs, goals, and interests.
- Vision Therapy is a progressive program of visual procedures used to improve visual skills (tracking, convergence, alignment).
- Visual skills must be learned during development and can be improved at any age. (COVD)
- Vision Therapy is scientifically based. Read the research here.
Vision therapy is a safe, drug-free, and effective way for both children and adults to improve their visual skills. (COVD)
Sports Vision Therapy
Sports Vision Training is offered for athletes of all ages to reach peak levels of performance by enhancing many visual skills. Dr. Susan is a member of the International Sports Vision Association and uses an individualized therapy plan to improve the visual skills crucial for peak athletic performance. Dr. Susan may also prescribe contact lenses for athletes to achieve better than 20/20 vision and increase peripheral vision.
- Vision is a learned skill. Sports Vision Therapy is used to improve visual skills including peripheral awareness, stereopsis (depth perception), eye-hand coordination, gaze stabilization, visual attention, multiple object tracking (split attention tasks), and visual reaction time.
- There are at least 37 different visual skills that can be trained and improved via Sports Vision Therapy.
- We are the only practice in the Knoxville area that offers training with the Senaptec Sensory Station and Senaptec Strobe goggles.
“If two similar athletes meet in competition and one has a better trained visual system, the athletes with enhanced visual system will perform better.” Loran, D. Griffiths, G.
Our office provides Vision Therapy for patients who have suffered from concussions, traumatic brain injury, and/or stroke. Therapy and prism can aid with double vision, visual field loss, eye movement problems, neglect of visual field, visual fatigue, and headaches. We are the only practice in the Knoxville area with the Senaptec Sensory Station, which offers advanced neurorehabilitation assessment and therapy. Dr. Susan is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.
Specialty Contact Lens Fittings
New advances in contact lens technology allow most patients to achieve a successful contact lens fitting with excellent vision and comfort. Eyes on Northshore offers specialty contact lens fittings including:
Orthokeratology/ CRT Lenses.
Multifocal, Monovision, and Modified Monovision fittings.
Astigmatism Contact Lenses.
Myopia Control / Orthokeratology
Slowing the progression of myopia or nearsightedness is important since high myopia can contribute to vision-compromising conditions and possible vision loss. Research now indicates glasses are not an effective way of controlling the progression of nearsightedness and early intervention is critical for myopia control. Dr. Susan will also discuss ways to control myopia with you and your child. Eyes on Northshore offers multiple ways for controlling myopia progression, including:
Orthokeratology/ CRT Lenses
Multifocal Contact Lenses
Read the research about Myopia Progression here:
A Review of Current Concepts and Treatment of Myopia
Retardation of Myopia Progression by Multifocal Contact Lenses
Myopia and Orthokeratology
- Cataracts tend to develop sooner in nearsighted eyes.
- Nearsighted people are 2 to 3 times more likely to get glaucoma
- Myopia increases the risk of retinal detachment
Dry Eye Treatment
Eyes on Northshore offers advanced treatment for managing dry eye. Because dry eye can be a chronic and debilitating treatment, continuous care and management are important for dry eye relief. Take the SPEED questionnaire to see if dry eye is affecting your activities of daily living.