Every parent wants their child to be successful in school. But as many as 25% of children in any classroom have vision problems that keep them from attaining their highest level of success. Four of 5 classroom hours involve doing near vision work less than arm’s length from a child’s eyes. Many children and adults cannot handle such intense, prolonged near vision work.
Some children lose vision to nearsightedness; others avoid near vision work and do poorly at school. Some children struggle along, reading and re-reading passages to comprehend them, still others get headaches or score low on reading assignments.
Optometric research has proven many ways to deal with learning-related vision problems. Sometimes in simple, direct ways lenses help, in more complex cases, re-training the child to see efficiently will result in increased ability to comprehend. Vision research has shown ways to prevent or reduce permanent vision loss to nearsightedness, and turn children who “hate” or avoid reading into content and interested readers.
If you have a child, student, or patient whose school problems fit the checklist below, or you know someone with such a child, you are invited to attend a special workshop on vision and learning at the time and place shown below. You’ll be glad you attended.
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Dr. Mervyn Bloom
Dr. Bloom is an Optometrist dedicated to the enhancement of his patient’s vision through the diagnosis and treatment of binocular vision disorders and learning-related visual disorders. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he graduated as an Optometrist. He became a Fellow of the Optometric Association of South Africa in 1976. While a student and after graduation Dr. Bloom worked in one of South Africa’s premiere Developmental Vision practices. During this time he published articles on Binocular Vision and taught at the School of Optometry in Johannesburg.
In 1979, Dr. Bloom received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston School of Optometry where he was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. During his time at the University he studied under Dr. Jerome Rosner who was regarded as one of the foremost authorities in the field of Children’s Vision. In 1992 Dr. Bloom received his Optometric Glaucoma Specialist credentials from the Texas Board of Optometry. Dr. Bloom completed a year long course in Developmental Vision through the San Diego Center for Vision Development in 2008.
Dr. Bloom is licensed to practice in Texas and California. He is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.
The highlight of his career has been the real difference that he has been able to make in many children’s lives.