By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER Do you have 20/20 vision but can’t seem to focus on what you’re reading? Are your eyes seemingly perfect, yet they don’t always work together? If so, you may have a visual problem that can’t be corrected by wearing glasses. But it may be treatable. Torrance optometrist Albert Chun diagnoses and treats such visual dysfunctions through therapy. Chun, 47, is based at South Bay Optometry in Torrance. He studied optometry at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton. He completed residency in vision therapy at State University of New York’s State College of Optometry. The Torrance resident has worked in the same city for 21 years. What does your job entail? I am a developmental optometrist, and I help individuals with visual disabilities to reach their potential or remediate those vision disorders. And those disorders may be focusing, tracking, binocular or even visual perception problems. Some of the people we deal with have had neurological problems that don’t allow them to use their eyes properly. I also do glasses and eye exams. What can cause these visual dysfunctions? It is a muscle learning situation, muscle coordination. It’s not much different than learning a golf stroke. It’s like any other motor skills, like running or skipping or whistling. So most kids learn it through their normal childhood development. But some don’t. The visual system, which normally occurs effortlessly, is not effortless. It takes great effort. So school becomes a significant burden akin to walking around with a backpack full of rocks. Most of the people we deal with either don’t read or don’t read much. Some of these people are struggling to do simple actions we take for granted like washing your face, shaving, washing dishes, going up the stairs. What kind of exercises help with these problems? It may be tracking from left to right or focusing exercises. My job is to provide them feedback so they know if they’re doing it right. Do exercises make the eyes tired? Yes. The eyes require a tremendous amount of energy to operate. And with people with visual disabilities, they can get really fatigued. What is the most common vision disorder you see in your therapy patients? A binocular dysfunction where they can’t see depth that well. How do you treat that? It’s training two-eye coordination for better depth perception, or binocular vision. Our eyes don’t decide where they look. It’s our brain that tells our eyes what to look for. What are visual perception problems? Visual perception is how people make meaning out of what they see. We recognize things based on past experience. In visual closure, it’s your brain’s ability to interpret what is there without all the information. The brain fills in (the blanks) all the time when it doesn’t have all the information. Some people, you ask them, “Can you conjure an image ? ?” and they say no. We have exercises where the patient visualizes in their mind. I work with autistic or otherwise developmentally delayed children or with brain injury and they sometimes lack a lot of visual understanding. It’s all related to visual thinking. How do patients know they have a visual problem? Quite often, they’re unaware of a problem, and it’s found during a routine examination. Can working on jigsaw puzzles improve vision? Puzzles are excellent developmental games for children. It develops visualization ability, visual planning and size judgment. What’s the best part of your job? I really enjoy helping these people improve their lives. What’s the worst part of your job? Dealing with insurance companies. Most of my patients pay directly, and they submit to insurance after the fact. Vision therapy services are not covered by many health-care plans. What do you charge? It can be up to $245 for an evaluation. The services are $95 for 45 minutes of therapy. What’s the typical length of time for therapy? Most of my learning cases take about six months. We see them once a week for 45 minutes. But they’re expected to do therapy at home. For brain-injury patients, it takes about two years. What’s the biggest challenge you face in treating visual dysfunction? The traumatic brain injuries and working with autistic children. Those are the most challenging because they’re the most unpredictable. If I have a child with a binocular problem, I can predict how many visits it will take to solve it. But when I’m dealing with someone who’s been injured, we don’t always know the extent of the problem. And when you’re dealing with an autistic person, their cognitive abilities make it more unpredictable, as far as how fast they can improve. Are there conditions you can’t treat? There are some conditions we cannot treat or that do not respond. It’s an unknown. I always tell my patients we’re going to try our best. Do you get patients with nothing wrong with them? We see athletes because they want to optimize their visual skills to improve their performance in sports. What other professionals do you deal with in your vision therapy work? Reading specialists, reading tutors. Learning centers like Sylvan. Can you tell whether a person has a vision problem just through casual observation? I can tell how people’s vision is just by watching them drive down Hawthorne Boulevard or watching them park in our parking lot. When they park, if they’re always skewed to one side, their spatial judgment is poor. Can visual problems crop up temporarily? When people get nervous, it causes the brain to change their spatial perception and is often not for the better. That’s why you see athletes choke under pressure. Any funny anecdotes? We once worked with a man who couldn’t read. That was his secret in life. We got him reading at a fifth-grade level in about five months. That was with the help of a reading specialist. And he asked me, “Doctor, does this help my golf game?” I had said, “Yes, why?” He said, “Because I’m shooting in the low 80s, and now I’m taking everybody’s money.” email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
28 March 2011The head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety today called for a high-level conference within three months to strengthen safety measures and emergency responses in light of the Japanese power plant crisis. The head of the United Nations agency that coordinates global nuclear safety today called for a high-level conference within three months to strengthen safety measures and emergency responses in light of the Japanese power plant crisis. “The Fukushima crisis has confronted the agency and international community with a major challenge,” UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano told a news briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Vienna, referring to the earthquake- and tsunami-stricken nuclear power plant that has been spewing radioactive contamination into the environment since 11 March. “It is vitally important that we learn the right lessons from what happened on March 11 and afterwards in order to strengthen nuclear safety throughout the world,” he said. “I would therefore like to propose that a high-level IAEA conference on nuclear safety should take place here in Vienna before the summer.” Outlining the meeting’s agenda he cited an initial assessment of the accident, its impact and consequences; lessons that need to be learned; launching the process of strengthening nuclear safety; and strengthening the response to nuclear accidents in an emergency. “The work ahead will be substantial. I firmly believe that the IAEA is the best venue for the follow-up on the Fukushima accident. We have the necessary expertise, extensive membership, and can assure transparency,” he said of the body, which has 151 Member States. Mr. Amano noted that many countries had joined the call for robust follow-up action that he made at a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors a week ago following his visit to Japan, in which he stressed the need to reassess the international emergency response framework for dealing with nuclear power plant accidents and to improve communications. He said the situation remains very serious and IAEA is doing “everything in its power to help Japan,” with two radiation monitoring teams on the ground and a joint IAEA-UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) food safety team meeting with officials in affected prefectures. “It will take some time to stabilize the reactors,” he added. “For now, radioactivity in the environment, foodstuff and water, including the sea, is a matter of concern in the vicinity of the Fukushima plant and beyond. Current levels indicate the need for further comprehensive monitoring. On the positive side electrical power has been restored at units one, two and three and fresh water is now available on the site.” It was the destruction of power lines by the quake and tsunami and the subsequent failure of back-up diesel generators to pump in cooling water that caused the nuclear reactors to overheat and release radiation into the environment. Before and during his visit to Japan Mr. Amano called for faster and fuller information on the crisis from the Japanese authorities and this has now improved. “In a crisis of this nature it is vital to provide and share speedy and accurate information,” he said today. “My visit to Tokyo and the presence of IAEA staff on the ground have improved both the flow of information and the level of mutual understanding of a variety of technical issues. This has been an interactive process; as well as receiving information we have been asking questions, providing advice and obtaining clarifications.” Last Friday, Mr. Amano joined in a video conference with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other agency heads to discuss the crisis and they will all be having further talks on the issue later this week in Nairobi, Kenya. He will meet Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other agency heads in Kenya later this week at a regular meeting of the UN Chief Executives Board.
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