October 2008

October 2008 In September we had a very succesful seminar in Philadelphia. We found the perfect location at Pedlers Village outside of Philadelphia. I completed my 100 hour training course in vision therapy and we are now introducing these new treatments to help you improve not only your vision but also your ability to function. Beatriz Lara has joined the practice. She is considered by many to be one of the top vision therapist in the country.To your good health and clear vision,
Dr. Edward Kondrot

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Post Traumatic Vision Syndrome
William Padula who is the president of the Neuro- optometric Association has observed that many cases of visual symptoms following traumatic brain injuries will not show up on x-rays, CT or MRI. He has published this data and has coined his findings the Post Traumatic Vision Syndrome.

There are over 1,900,000 nerve fibers that exit in each eye. This represents 70% of the sensory nerve fibers in the body. There are 35 different areas in the brain primarily or totally involved with the processing of visual function. There are over 305 intra-cortical pathways linking the 35 areas. Every lobe of the cerebral cortex is involved in the processing of visual information. There are more areas in the brain dedicated to vision than all other sense modalities combined.

Symptoms can include:
Double vision
Light sensitivity
Stationary Objects appear to move
Balance and coordination problems
Motion sickness
Difficulty working under  flurorescent lights

If you suffer from these symptoms and have had any type of head injury in the past you might benefit from specialized vision therapy.

Philadelphia Seminar and 3 day Treatment program

October 2008 The September Philadelphia seminar and 3 day treatment program was a huge success. This year’s venue at Peddlers Village in New Hope was  well received by all the patients who attended.  Peddler’s Village is an old countryside colonial style village  with over 70 unique shops and 3 restaurants all within walking distance to the conference center.  Everyone loved the charm of the village and most of the patients could not wait for the end of the day to explore the village.

I want to thank Lynn and Amanda for all of their hard work in making this seminar a success. They did an outstanding job in helping all the patients. It was a unanimous vote that we should return to Peddlers Village next year!  The dates are set for the Seminar to be held Sept  14, 2009 and the  3 day treatment program on  September 15, 16, 17th

Pittsburgh Seminar  
June 15, 2009 one day seminar, 3 day treatment 16, 17, 18
We are looking a similar venue like we had in Philadelphia. A nice country setting with shops and restaurants in walking distance. If you know of a location in Pittsburgh please contact the office.

Italian Equipment 
Many have you have inquired what type of equipment I purchased in Italy.  VTE an Italian company has the reputation of manufacturing exquisite vision therapy equipment.  While I was in Italy I had the pleasure of attending the annual Puccini festival.  I love Italian opera especially  anything written by Puccini especially the opera Turandot.  You can listen to one of my favorite arias sung by Paul Potts who won Brit got talent several years ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA
Here is a list of a few of the items I brought back from Italy. This equipment will help improve the following skills which are essential for good vision.
Fixation– the ability of the eye to aim at a  spot or target  and hold focus on this spot or target without moving.
Pursuits – the ability of the eye to follow a moving target. It is essential that this done smoothly and accurately  to maintain the focus on the target.
Saccades- changing fixation from one point to another. This is a basic skill for reading.
Central and peripheral – these are two types of vision.  These both may be developed to have good functioning vision

October 2008 Peg Board Rotator- It is rotating board with holes located inside various targets. The board can be stationary or rotate at different speeds while the patient inserts “golf tees” into the holes.  This exercise helps to develop accurate hand eye movements, peripheral and special awareness and dynamic visual acuity.
October 2008 Space Fixator– This is a translucent disk that has blue dots located around the edge like the markings on a clock.  Patients look at the red dot in the center of the disk and then become aware of peripheral blue dots. Patient learns to develop simultaneous perception of the center and peripheral dots. They also learn to develop eye movements from one target to another accurately and efficiently.  It also helps to integrate eye movements and spatial judgment
October 2008 Vectogram– 2 Translucent sheets of a matching image are placed in this device. Patients see one sheet with one eye and the second sheet with the other. The brain fuses the images into one single 3 dimensional image. The distance separating the sheets can be varied to change the difficulty of this task to perceive depth perception.  This exercise helps to develop strong use of both eyes (binocularity) at all times and in different directions of gaze. This is one of the most valuable tools for the rehabilitation of patients suffering from Post Traumatic Vision Syndrome.

10 week vision therapy program for Macular degeneration
We have begun a 10 week vision therapy program for patients with Macular degeneration. This program can either be done by having one therapy session a week for 10 weeks or for out of town patients they can have 2 sessions a day for 5 days program. What can this program do for you? It will help improve your functioning vision by helping you improve basic eye skills that you have lost during the course of your macular degeneration. Don’t delay! Please call the office to see if you qualify for this new program! 602-631-4504

Vision Certification
I completed my 100 hour training course and received my diploma from Dr. Bob Sanet. This course was worth every minute since a learned new techniques that will help improve the vision and function of many patients who are struggling with reduced vision.

Welcome Beatriz Lara!

October 2008 Hello I am Beatriz Lara a certified vision therapist. I graduated and worked as a chemical engineer in Mexico. After my second daughter, who has cerebral palsy, was born I took 9 courses at the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia learning about physical, physiological and intellectual rehabilitation. Then I became interested in Vision Therapy when my daughter needed help with her vision at school, and took the vision therapy seminar series of Dr. Robert Sanet. Since then I’ve been helping training people’s vision skills thru procedures which have made a significant difference in their lives. It has been a rewarding experience.

Dr Rowen Seminar
Dr Rowen is coming to Phoenix !  He is  world famous alternative doctor and author of the Second Newsletter.  He will be giving a free seminar on the latest alternative therapies on Jan 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM at the conference room in our new office. This is something that I am really forward since Dr Rowen is full of innovated techniques to help restore your health. . There is no cost for the seminar and those of you that can’t make seminar DVD’s s will be available.

Open House
We recently had our final walk through of the new office and the move date is scheduled to be the week of Oct.  15th.
Please join us to celebrate our new office on November 15, 2009 from  2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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