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Vision Care News January 2020

Welcome To Five Points Eye Care!

Five Points Eye Care Center is the best place in the Athens area to keep your eyes healthy while also helping you achieve the finest possible vision. We offer specialized care for people who have lost vision from eye diseases (our low vision rehabilitation clinic), children with vision and visual processing problems (our vision therapy and pediatric clinic) and patients with a challenging contact lens or glasses needs.

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Encouraging Healthy Vision Development

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Babies have to actually learn to see just like they learn how to walk and talk! There are certain things that parents can do to help them develop essential visual skills; from choosing the right toys for their age to knowing when it’s time to move on from playing peek-a-boo.

The First Six Months

An infant can only focus on objects 8-15 inches away, the perfect distance to see a face. Over time their eyesight grows clearer and sharper but there are a few things you can do to help like encouraging them to track movement by moving objects in front of them, giving them plenty of colors to look at and playing peek-a-boo.

Six To Twelve Months

At this point, a baby will begin developing hand-eye coordination but you can help by giving them colorful objects to grab. They can now graduate from peek-a-boo to hide-and-seek, where they search for a toy you have “hidden” under a blanket and challenging them to find it.

Toddlerhood and Visual Skills

Around the time that baby learns to walk, they further improve their hand-eye coordination by throwing, bouncing and chasing toys. Their visual skills in this area are tied to other important skills like comprehension and balance. They will begin to discover their artistic abilities around the age of two so drawing materials are helpful and appreciated. Interlocking blocks are also excellent toys at this age as well.

Eye Exams

In addition to providing the right amount of stimulation for a child to develop visual skills, it’s equally important to bring them in for eye exams. Older children may have the words or understanding to tell you when something is wrong but babies are fully dependent on adults to figure out when and if there is a problem. This is why scheduling their first eye exam at around six months is so important!

Vision Therapy Success Story

Our Vision Therapy Clinic helps kids who are struggling to read and have problems with their schoolwork. We also work to give them back their confidence. Walker is one such success story. In school, Walker was having difficulty reading – skipping lines, not wanting to try to read and frustration when attempting to read. Because of therapy, Walker is now looking at signs, reading directions and he is wanting new books! He now has more confidence when reading, his speed has increased and he’s not skipping lines. His family would absolutely recommend vision therapy and were impressed by how encouraging Noemi and the staff were to Walker!

The Fred Award

Every month, we have our employees nominate another employee for our “Fred Award.” A “Fred” is someone who goes out of their way to uphold our practice core values of Excellence in Eye Care, Patients Come First, and Lead by Example. As a practice, we not only want our employees to come to work to get the day’s job done, but to strive to work harder each and every day for the sake of the practice as a whole.

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Kathy Ramsey

The Fred Award for the month of December goes to Kathy!

It’s because of Kathy’s diligence and commitment to the well-being of her coworkers that we discovered some important maintenance that required immediate attention. We proudly deem her worthy of a Fred Award and we are lucky to have her!

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Optical Department

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Contact Us

Five Points Eye Care
698 South Milledge Avenue Athens, GA 30605
Phone: 706-543-2020
Fax: 706-549-6618