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Volunteering Abroad? 3 Tips For Staying In Good Health When Visiting A Foreign Country

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If you love both traveling and helping others, then there are so many opportunities to volunteer abroad that the fact that you can engage in both of your favorite activities at once may sound too good to be true. While donating money to charities that help the needy in foreign countries can be rewarding, there is nothing that can feel more gratifying than working and living with the locals you are helping. No matter what type of charity work you are performing and where you are performing it, staying in good health is important for both you and those you are helping. Before you embark on your volunteer travel adventure, read on to learn three tips for staying in good health while volunteering abroad.  1. Look into the Travel Health Notices on the CDC Website  Before you travel anywhere in the world for fun or to volunteer for a worthy cause, it is important to check out the “Travelers’ Health” information posted on the website of the CDC, or Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There are a variety of travel health resources on this website that you can check out free.  An important page to check before choosing what country you would like to perform volunteer work in is the “Travel Health Notices” page. On this page, you will find countries designated as “warning level 3,” which means that no travel to the country is advised unless absolutely necessary due to disease outbreaks or other health hazards. Some countries are also designated as “alert level 2,” and this means that you can safely travel to the country as long as you take extra safety precautions before and during travel.  For example, many countries are currently designated “alert level 2” due to the high risk of travelers being bitten by Zika virus carrying mosquitoes. If you would like to help out in one of these countries, it is important to wear plenty of DEET mosquito repellent during your stay; however, if you plan to conceive a baby soon, you may want to choose another country to help out in entirely.  Other current disease outbreaks include Polio in Nigeria and Laos and Yellow Fever in Brazil. Thankfully, travel to these countries is safe as long as you obtain a “booster” vaccine that offers protection from those diseases before travel.  2. Check the CDC Destination Pages for Info on Other Vaccines Needed Before Travel Even if a country you plan to travel to is not on the Travel Health Notices page of the CDC website, it is important to find the country on the “Destinations” page of the website and click on it to be directed to a page that outlines the vaccinations you need before traveling to the country (strive to obtain them 4-6 weeks before you travel abroad to give them time to reach maximum effectiveness) and any disease-preventative medications you may need to take before and during your stay.  For example, if you plan to fo abroad in Peru, then there are six specific vaccinations you need to obtain before you travel to the country, including hepatitis A, typhoid, malaria, rabies, yellow fever, and several others. Since some vaccinations are listed as needed by “some travelers,” speak to the coordinator of your volunteer trip to ask them if...

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Understanding Gestational Diabetes And How It Can Be Controlled

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If you are pregnant, then it is vital that you meet with your obstetrician regularly for checkups to make sure that you and your baby are as healthy as possible. During the first trimester, you can expect some blood tests to be conducted. The initial tests check for antibodies for diseases like rubella, and they also assess whether you have a serious illness like hepatitis B. Tests are also used to check your blood counts and your blood type. If you are at risk of developing diabetes, then blood sugar levels may be tested. These tests, or blood tests conducted later on, may indicate that you have gestational diabetes. Keep reading to understand what this ailment is and how it is treated. What Is Gestational Diabetes? Gestational diabetes is a certain type of diabetes that is diagnosed during pregnancy. It occurs when your blood sugar levels become too high. Most women will have higher blood sugar levels during pregnancy. The body allows more sugar to remain in your blood so it can nourish your baby. To make sure your body can retain as much sugar as your baby needs, the body becomes more resistant to the insulin that is produced by your pancreas.   The resistance to the insulin allows the sugar to move to your growing child instead of being used by the cells in your body. While most women will retain higher-than-normal blood sugar levels throughout their pregnancies, the pancreas does produce more insulin if you consume more sugar than usual. This allows blood sugar to remain at a high, but consistent, level that is safe for both you and your child. If your body becomes more resistant to insulin than it should or if your pancreas cannot keep up with the demand for insulin, then your blood sugar levels will rise. When this happens and the levels do not drop, then you have a form of diabetes called gestational diabetes. The good news is that the condition will likely resolve itself once you give birth to your child. You may be at risk of developing diabetes in your future, but you most likely will be healthy once your child is born. How Is The Condition Controlled? While gestational diabetes is a temporary condition, you will need to control it while you are pregnant. This is necessary to keep yourself and your child healthy. Most women do not need medication unless conservative methods of control are ineffective. Control is usually possible with a diet and exercise regimen. Your diet should include fruits, vegetables, low-fat meats, whole grains, and plenty of water. You should reduce your intake of fried foods as well as items that contain a great deal of sugar. This may mean that you need to control your cravings. Talking with a trusted family member or friend on a daily basis, arranging healthy snacks for yourself, eating junk food in smaller portions, and substituting high-sugar foods with low-sugar options are all good ways to control your cravings.  When you start thinking about an exercise regimen, think about engaging in low-impact activities. Exercising moderately for about 20 to 30 minutes each day is safe and healthy for you and your baby. Choose exercises like swimming, biking, and walking. Also, classes that are geared towards mothers, like prenatal yoga and pilates for pregnant women,...

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3 Common Myths About Hemorrhoid That Aren’t True

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According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 75 percent of all people will suffer from hemorrhoids at some point in their life – even though it is more common in older adults. Chances are you’ve known someone who has dealt with the pain, burning and itching associated with hemorrhoids, and these people probably told you a few facts about their condition. However, before you believe everything you hear, it’s important to realize that not every so-called “fact” about hemorrhoids is true. Here are three common myths about hemorrhoids that simply aren’t true: Hemorrhoids Are an Early Sign of Cancer One of the most common symptoms of hemorrhoids is blood in your feces. The small smear of blood occurs when your sensitive hemorrhoids become irritated. If you have hemorrhoids and you experience bleeding for several days or weeks, you might assume that the issue is something worse, maybe even colon or rectal cancer. However, before you assume the worst, it is important to know there is absolutely no link between any types of cancer and hemorrhoids. Instead, there is likely another far less frightening reason why you are suffering from hemorrhoids, including: Pregnancy Constipation and straining on the toilet Lifting heavy objects Sitting or standing in one spot for too long Obesity If you suffer from hemorrhoids and are suffering from continued bleeding and irritation, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor right away. A small amount of blood and mild itching and irritation and completely normal. However, if you are bleeding excessively and have other symptoms, including excessive and persistent abdominal pain, bloating and gas, unexpected weight loss and a feeling like you can’t empty your bowels, the problem could be more serious. Sitting on a Cold Sidewalk Will Lead to Hemorrhoids One of the oldest myths associated with hemorrhoids is a bizarre cause: sitting on a cold sidewalk or other chilly concrete surface. However, before you give up your spot at the yearly Christmas parade, it is important to note that sitting for a few minutes on cold concrete will not lead to hemorrhoids. Actually, if you already have hemorrhoids, relaxing on a cool surface can actually help you find relief. This is because the cold temperatures will cause the protruding vein in your anus to actually retreat back into the warmth of your body. Hemorrhoids can be caused by standing in the same position for several hours, however. This is because remaining standing in a single spot without sitting will place unnecessary pressure and strain on your rectum, which in turn can lead to hemorrhoids. Your Love of Spicy Foods Led to Your Hemorrhoids Finally, one of the most persistent myths is the link between consuming spicy foods and hemorrhoids. Consuming spicy foods will not lead to hemorrhoids, but eating your favorite Mexican dish or a plate of hot chili peppers could aggravate your hemorrhoids and lead to some of the common, uncomfortable symptoms associated with this condition, including burning and itching. If you suffer from hemorrhoids and spicy foods seems to make the problem worse, avoid them. Instead, eat foods that are high in fiber, including whole grain bread, beans, bananas, raspberries and Brussel sprouts. Consuming fiber-rich foods can help you avoid constipation and straining to use the bathroom. Straining to pass...

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Treatment Options For Managing Uterine Fibroids

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Uterine fibroids are a common underlying cause for heavy menstrual bleeding, pain, and infertility concerns. Once the diagnosis is made, the next concern is controlling or eliminating the problem. There are several treatment strategies to help minimize problems associated with fibroids. Hormone-Based Treatments The least-invasive option for managing uterine fibroids is hormonal birth control methods. This usually involves progestin-only pills, shots, or an intrauterine device. Not only can hormonal birth control help shrink fibroids, but it can also alleviate some of the problems associated with uterine fibroids, such as heavy and painful periods. If you decide to have a child in the future, you can simply stop using the birth control method, and your fertility should return to normal within in a matter of months. Birth control is a good treatment option to try if you want to avoid more invasive or riskier procedures. Treatments To Preserve Fertility When women want to have children or additional children, any procedure to reduce the size or remove the fibroids may reduce symptoms, but these procedures are not guaranteed to preserve or increase fertility. Additionally, there is no guarantee that fibroids will not return. Often, women with large or numerous fibroids face problems with conceiving and carrying a pregnancy to term. Successful removal of fibroids may increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy, but issues such as scarring or other damage to the uterus caused by the fibroids or medical procedures can also contribute to fertility problems. A uterine myomectomy is the procedure used to remove fibroids. Depending on the size, location, and number of fibroids, the procedure may be performed with minimally invasive methods, or it may require an open surgery. When large fibroids are removed from the uterus, there may be some concern about the integrity of the uterus. Large incisions in the uterus may increase the risk of uterine rupture during pregnancy or delivery. Women who become pregnant after a uterine myomectomy should be sure to discuss their risks with their obstetrician. They may require additional monitoring during pregnancy, and once the mother can safely deliver a healthy baby, it may be safer to induce labor than risk complications. Procedures When Fertility Is Not Important For some women, their treatment options for fibroids are heavily influenced by their symptoms, and reproductive goals are less of a concern. Although there may be less-invasive options available for fibroids, some women may opt to have a hysterectomy if they are finished having children. They may discuss with their doctor the benefits of preserving their ovaries to delay menopause and what, if any, additional risks occur with keeping their ovaries. For example, keeping the ovaries intact means the possibility of ovarian cancer remains. Women with certain gene markers or a family history of ovarian cancer may feel more confident about their health by having their ovaries removed at the same time and going through an abrupt menopause. More gynecologists are trying to avoid hysterectomies in women with fibroids, especially since, in previous decades, the procedure was often used as a first-line treatment, without trying other options. Endometrial ablation is one such procedure that is minimally invasive, but it is only performed in women who have finished having children. The procedure destroys the uterine lining. It is the same procedure used for women with...

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Why You Should Not Be Stressed By Your Child’s Parasitic Worm Skin Infection

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If you are a self-described germaphobe who squirms at the thought of bacteria and viruses lurking around your home, then you may not be too happy if you learn that your child has contracted a parasitic worm. This can happen though, and it is often described as a type of skin infection that can be treated by a dermatologist or other type of medical professional. If a parasitic worm does infect your child, there are many reasons why you should not panic. Most Worms Can Be Treated Quite Easily Parasitic worms commonly infect people in developing nations, and most worms can be found in Africa. However, the worms can still reside in the United States and can find their way into your child’s body. This can happen if the insect that spreads the worm makes its way to this country within shipping containers. Flies are the most common carrier of worm parasites. For example, the common deerfly carries the loa loa parasite, and the worm can enter the body through a single bite from the fly.  If your child does become infected with a worm, then treatment will be required. Thankfully, treatments are typically simple and easy to administer. In most cases, a drug called an antiparasitic can be given that kills the worm. The antiparasitic variety will depend on the type of worm that has infected the body. In some cases, a medicine called Ivermectin will be given. If this medicine sounds familiar, that’s because it is often given to dogs and cats as a deworming or antiparasitic agent.  Ivermectin, as well as the other varieties of antiparasitic drugs, are considered safe for mammals. One dose is usually all that is needed for humans, but the medication may be provided every three months if the parasitic infection is a persistent one.  A simple dose of antibiotics can sometimes be provided to kill and sterilize some parasites. Antibiotics can also help to treat and control bacterial skin issues that can develop after a parasitic worm infection. Your child may also be given an NSAID pain reliever for discomfort and an antihistamine to reduce swelling. Steroidal medications and creams can be provided too. Once treatment is started, symptoms should reduce fairly quickly, and the infection should go away completely within a few days or a few weeks. Symptoms Are Typically Mild While a skin infection that involves a worn may sound frightening and bring about images of worms wiggling under the skin, this is not something that will happen. While some worms do migrate, like the loa loa worm, they will do this late in their life cycle. Symptoms will appear well before the worm moves, and it will not wiggle under the skin. Most of the time, the worm will remain in the fatty tissue near the fly or insect bite wound.  While the loa loa worm remains in place, your child will experience some red, swollen, and itchy patches on the skin. Your child may develop a fever at the time of infection too. Similar symptoms that include rashes, hives, fevers, and swollen lymph nodes will occur with other types of worm infections. This means that your child will not be in agony as they seek treatment. Typically, a history will be taken to determine if your child has come into contact with any insects that may have caused a parasitic infestation. This is likely...

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4 Things You Should Always Bring On Vacation In Case Of Allergies

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If you’re like most people who suffer from allergies throughout the year, you may dread going on vacation in fear of being confined to the hotel room with debilitating allergy symptoms. The good news is that by packing a few essentials, you can minimize your downtime, optimize your fun and virtually put your allergies out of your mind. Here are four must-have items you should always bring on vacation with you in case an allergy attack arises: Some Nasal Spray Using a nasal spray that contains fluticasone will make it easy to get some relief from itchy eyes, nasal congestion, and sneezing while on vacation. It can take a few days to get the relief you want, so it’s a good idea to start using your nasal spray about a week before your planned vacation begins. This will help ensure that you don’t end up having to spend the first several days of your vacation in your hotel room. You can ask your doctor to prescribe you an effective fluticasone nasal spray, or choose an over-the-counter option at your local drug store. If you choose not to use a prescription spray, it’s important to let your doctor know what brand you’ll be using so they can provide you with guidance and help make sure that you won’t have any allergic reactions upon usage. For more information on fluticasone nasal sprays, check out the sites of companies that manufacture it. A Mini Humidifier Putting a mini humidifier in your hotel room during vacation is an excellent way to minimize the discomfort that comes along with dry sinuses, congestion, and inflammation due to allergies. Your humidifier will increase the amount of water vapor that’s in the air and allow for optimal breathing while you sleep without irritating your nasal passages. Look for an evaporative humidifier that will fit right in your suitcase and on a nightstand near the bed you’ll be sleeping on. Evaporative humidifiers are easy to use – all you have to do is fill its small reservoir with water and allow the wick and filter to do its job of spreading water vapor throughout the room’s air. An Essential Oil Kit With the help of essential oils, you can boost your immune system and decrease inflammation to minimize allergy symptoms while you’re on vacation. Pack a small kit that contains a diffuser and vials of various essential oils that you can use in your hotel room, in a restaurant, or while sightseeing to keep your allergies in check. Consider including the following effective options: Peppermint Essential Oil – Helps to unclog sinuses, relieve itchy throats, and reduce coughing. Basil Essential Oil – Reduces the typical inflammatory response to allergens and aids in detoxification. Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Expands the sinuses and lungs for easier breathing and lessens allergy symptoms overall. You can put your essential oils in a diffuser to fill your hotel room with their essence, rub your favorite oils directly on your skin when you’re out and about, or dilute the oils in a bathtub at the end of a long day to ensure a good night’s sleep. A Collection of Herbs Believe it or not, a healthy dose of herbs can provide substantial allergy relief, so consider bringing a small collection on vacation with you...

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5 Tips For Caring For A Parent With Alzheimer’s

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Learning that one of your parents has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be emotionally devastating. You are not only worried about your parent’s health and happiness, but also about the impact this condition will have on your relationship. With more than five million people in the U.S. facing Alzheimer’s, you and your family are not alone, and there are resources available for you. Here are five effective ways to navigate this difficult time: Find Alzheimer’s Care in Your Area Alzheimer’s is a complicated condition that requires more specialized care than you can offer on your own. As the disease progresses, it can be dangerous for your parent to live alone, and overwhelming for them to live with you. Finding the right retirement home with an Alzheimer’s focus is the most important thing you can do for your parent. You will gain great peace of mind knowing your parent is completely safe and being looked after by professionals and experts. Join a Support Group It’s important not to neglect self-care during this challenging time. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to join a support group for family members whose loved ones have Alzheimer’s. In the support group you will be able to talk to people facing similar situations, vent about your emotions in a productive way, and share coping strategies with each other. Attending support group meetings will help you feel less isolated and afraid, which will make it easier for you to truly be there for your parent. Create a Care Notebook There can be a lot to keep track of when it comes to caring for your parent with Alzheimer’s. A good way to stay organized is to create a care notebook. This is where you can list things like doctor’s appointments you drive your parent to, medication they take, their emergency and medical contacts, etc. You can also keep a running list of activities they enjoy. A great option is a day planner and notebook combination, so that you can schedule things, make lists, and glance at the notebook each day to see what, if anything, you need to do for your parent that day. Stick to a Routine Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming and confusing for your parent, and anything you can do to provide consistency and reliability will help them feel more grounded and calm. Ideally, you will be able to create and stick to a routine. For example, it’s a good idea to visit them on the same days and at around the same time each week. The same idea applies to things like phone calls, outings, and doctor’s appointments. Be sure to communicate this idea to the rest of your family in order to get them on board. Create a Quiet, Calm Environment Alzheimer’s patients can get easily distracted and confused when there is too much stimuli. When you visit your parent, create a soothing and quiet environment before you engage in activities like arts and crafts or reading to them. Turn off the TV, make sure the light is soft instead of harsh, and consider playing soothing classical music at a low volume in the background. Encourage your other family members and other visitors to do the same. Your parent will more easily be able to focus on...

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Six Tips For Keeping Your Aging Loved One Safe Behind The Wheel

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Nearly 600 seniors are injured in car accidents every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But age alone isn’t reason enough to hang up the car keys–particularly because driving is inextricably linked with independence and mobility for so many older Americans. These six tips can help caregivers keep aging loved ones safe on the roads.   1. Choose Checkups While the majority of senior crash injuries occur due to medical complications and heightened susceptibility to injury, many are also linked to age-related declines in physical and cognitive function. One way to make sure that your aging loved one’s driving abilities haven’t undergone potentially dangerous changes is to schedule routine visits with a physician, who can check for everything from vision loss to arthritis. In many cases, prompt diagnosis leads to simple and effective solutions. For example, 47 percent of people over the age of 75 suffer from some form of hearing impairment. Recent developments in hearing aids and today’s sophisticated hearing aid brands make it easier than ever to manage hearing loss and keep seniors safe while driving. If your interested in learning about hearing aids, click here for more information. 2. Monitor Medications Polypharmacy is a frequent problem among seniors and can lead to catastrophic outcomes — especially on the roads. According to AAA, more than three-quarters of seniors use at least one medication, but fewer than one-third of them are aware that medication can impact their driving performance. Maintain a comprehensive list of the medications taken by your senior. Ask your aging loved one’s doctor or pharmacist to review it regularly in order to help identify potentially hazardous drugs and drug interactions. 3. Start With Strength While some physical decline is a natural part of the aging process, exercise counters these effects and helps seniors keep up their strength. Regular exercise, with a focus on strength training and balance work, builds strength, increases flexibility, and enhances range of motion. Not only do these activities foster better driving performance, they also support quality of life by boosting confidence levels and preventing trips and falls. Even baby steps can make a big difference. Encourage your aging loved one to start small and build from there. Physical therapists offer invaluable partnership in helping reluctant seniors stay safe and motivated while incorporating fitness into their lives. 4. Plan Ahead While many people can continue to drive well into their golden years, it may not be the carefree, get-in-the-car-and-go fantasy of youth. Instead, planning ahead can help seniors prepare for everything from adverse driving conditions to unfamiliar routes. Caregivers should encourage seniors to limit driving to decent weather and daylight hours whenever possible, as well as to map travel routes out in advance. 5. Make It Easy Distracted driving is an issue for people of all ages, but seniors are particularly susceptible. While technology like cell phones and GPS offers benefits in certain situations, it can also be a distraction behind the wheel. Make sure seniors aren’t multitasking by using GPS devices or cellphones while driving. Also, encourage your aging loved one to refrain from listening to the radio while driving and to keep their cognitive abilities sharp by getting enough sleep. 6. Explore Options The more transportation options seniors have, the less likely they are to become...

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What You Need To Know About Walk-In Bathtubs

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If you, or someone in your home, suffers from limited mobility you already know that taking a bath or shower can be a major undertaking. Because traditional bathtubs require you to lift your feet and lower legs over the rim of the tub, those with mobility issues may lose their balance or may experience pain in the knees, hips or other joints, making bath time a painful or dangerous time. A walk-in bath may be the solution to your problems. How does a walk-in bathtub work? Walk-in bathtubs have a door built into the base of the tub. Opening the door allows you to walk into the tub and close the door behind you. The door is fitted with special seals that prevent water from leaking out when the tub is filled. Many walk-in tubs may also contain a raised seating area, nonslip surfaces, hand rails, water jets, and hand-held shower heads. How much room does a walk-in bathtub require? Many walk-in bathtubs take up more room than traditional bathtubs, but some models are designed to fit into the space of your current bathtub. Generally, the more special features the tub contains, the more room it will require, but always check the specifications of the brand and model you are considering to determine how much room you need to allow for installation. Who installs walk-in bathtubs? Companies that sell walk-in bathtubs typically provide professional installation of the tub. Some claim they can remove your old tub and install the new walk-in tub in one day, but always ask about installation time as the amount of work and time required depends on the model you choose and the set-up of your bathroom. The installation fee may be separate from the cost of the walk-in tub. Make sure you understand whether the quote from the dealer includes the installation fee or whether you will be charged separately for that service. How much do walk-in bathtubs cost? Walk-in bathtubs range in price, depending on the model you choose. According to Walk-In Bathtub Reviews, a price of $2,500 or below is considered a low-end walk-in bathtub. It is likely of lower quality than higher-priced tubs and contains only basic features. It further explains that the average price range for walk-in tubs is between $2,500 and $5,500, but usually does not include installation. Those selling for between $7,500 and $10,000 typically include professional installation. If the tub you are considering has a higher price tag, shop around for a similar tub with a lower price. Will medical insurance pay for the cost of a walk-in tub? In most circumstances, medical insurance will not pay for the cost of walk-in tubs. According to Paying for Senior Care, Medicare rarely pays for walk-in tubs. They may, however, reimburse the cost in rare instances. Likewise, Medicaid may help in some situations, but as a rule, it does not. Other local organizations may provide assistance. If you are seeking financial assistance for a walk-in tub, call your local Area on Aging organization or your state Disabilities Association. Your medical professionals may also be able to refer you to organizations that offer financial assistance. Are there any drawbacks to walk-in bathtubs? While walk-in bathtubs provide access to the tub for those with limited mobility, they do have some drawbacks...

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5 Ways Optometrist-Led Vision Therapy Is Different Than DIY Vision Exercises

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If your optometrist suggests vision therapy for your child, you might assume that they mean an at-home kit and exercises such as the ones that were popular at the turn of the century. These kits have been shown to overstate their effectiveness and have little scientific evidence to back up their claims, so you should be wary of them. However, your child’s optometrist is recommending something entirely different when they suggest optometrist-led vision therapy. Below are five of the main differences between vision therapy and DIY vision exercises.  Vision Therapy Is Recommended After a Physical Exam of Your Child’s Eyes  For the most part, vision training focuses on alignment issues your child’s eyes might have, such as Amblyopia or Strabismus, and eye movement disorders. Occasionally, it has been used to correct focusing disorders as well. In order to know that your child needs vision therapy, they will need an accurate, thorough diagnosis of their vision problems. This is because some anatomical issues that cause vision problems cannot be corrected by vision therapy and require surgery or other physical interventions.  Alternatively, vision exercises are recommended for anyone, without taking into consideration what may be causing their vision problems. This can lead to ineffective exercises and frustration.  Vision Therapy Is Designed Specifically for Your Child  Vision therapy involves progressive exercises that are carried out with a vision therapist. Although your child’s therapist may assign some exercises to be completed between sessions, most of the work will be done in the optometrist’s office, where your child’s progress can be monitored and specific exercises can be taught and adjusted to fit your child’s needs.  DIY vision exercises offer a one-size-fits-all approach to vision correction. This leaves you and your child in charge of deciding when to progress with new exercises and whether effective progress is being made. Your child may end up straining their eyes by attempting exercises that are not helpful to them or do not address their needs.  Vision Therapy Tends to Be Used Most With Children Vision therapy tends to be recommended for children. This is because many vision problems and behavioral problems associated with vision problems become apparent during childhood. Many children with undiagnosed vision problems may have trouble concentrating in school or reading, which may lead to further investigation into their vision. However, most adults have already had corrective measures or have found ways to cope with their vision problems, making them less likely to engage in vision therapy.  DIY exercises are generally marketed towards adults who want to stop using glasses, not children with a variety of vision problems. This is because they are advertised as strengthening eyes that have grown weaker throughout your life.  Your Child May Still Need Glasses After Vision Therapy If your child has anatomical issues that prevent them from focusing correctly, they may still need glasses after vision therapy. While the therapy may help their eyes work together and track objects, allowing your child to see properly with glasses, it may not be able to fully correct their issues focusing over a distance, and most optometrists are upfront about this reality.  DIY exercises tend to focus on ending your need for glasses rather than acknowledging that you may still need glasses or other physical corrective measures.  Your Insurance May Cover Vision Therapy ...

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