Welcome to our Spring Newsletter! We hope you are all ready and excited for the warmerweather! We also hope you will find this season’s newsletter both interesting and informative.
As some of you may already know, Sunday April 2nd 2017 was World Autism Awareness Day.Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. The following is a statement from the Autism Research Instituteregarding the relationship between autism and visual learning; “Just as language and motor skillsare achieved through a sequence of developmental stages, vision must also follow a progression of development. An infant is not born with the visual abilities that he will need in order to function successfully in his world. These abilities must develop through a variety of experiences across a period of time. At any point during this process, the visual development may be hindered, altered or completely stopped, sometimes by injury, illness, emotional trauma, lack of appropriate stimulation, or other unidentified causes. When language and/or motor skill development is interrupted, parents and teachers seek to identify the problem and intervene with therapy or training activities designed to assist the child in overcoming the delay. A similarapproach is available to parents of children (or to adults) who have inadequately developedvisual abilities.” The organization further pointed out the benefits of treatments such as VisionTherapy by stating: “Vision therapy may correct or improve visual functioning conditions whichwill otherwise continue to interfere with appropriate development and learning. Sometimes thechanges occur quickly and dramatically; more often, the individual will make gradual progress,with spurts of more rapid growth mixed with short periods of regression, typical of normaldevelopmental progression. A great many parents have reported positive results with visiontherapy.”
We are pleased to inform you that our office manager and CCOA (Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant) Jennifer took part in an extensive continuing education seminar this past month to gain new information about the benefits of visual therapy for people that have autism. Dr. Rayman and Jennifer form a highly-skilled team with the capability to help individuals withautism develop their visual abilities.
Natashia, who is one of our optometric assistants, took part in a continuing education workshoppertaining to her CCOA certification program and was able to gain a greater appreciation for thetraining involved to become a Certified Optometric Assistant and looks forward to hercertification exam in June.
Spring often brings fresh new looks and styles, and we are pleased to announce our Bolton office has introduced the Kate Spade Ophthalmic line of frames to our collection, and are glad our patients are very much liking their feminine and dainty design aspects. We now offer the entire Kate Spade line at both of our locations.
Another exciting announcement: We have now teamed up with a company called EyeconX. Thiscompany will be providing services to make booking, confirming and recalling your upcomingappointments fast, convenient and user friendly. For our patients already subscribed to ourappointment services through Demand Force, we thank you for using this feature and do hopeyou will enjoy the new service EyeconX will be providing for us. A great aspect of the service isyou will have the option to choose which form of automated confirming you would prefer, youcan choose from an SMS (text) message, an email, a phone call, or any combination of these.Also available in these emails are links to our social media sites, as well as options for certaincalendar apps to sync your appointment directly into your personal or family calendars. Wegreatly appreciate your co operation as well as your feedback as we make this transition to better serve our patients and stay up to speed with advancing technology. We hope you enjoy the service as much as we do!
Lastly, we would like to sincerely thank all of our patients that take the time to read this quarterly newsletter. We hope you have enjoyed its content and have found it beneficial for you and your family. Our next newsletter will go out in early July. Until then, we wish you happiness, good health and good vision!
Dr. Rayman and staff