6 Things You Need to Know About Vision

Dr. Rick Graebe is a behavioral optometrist with more than 30 years of experience.

He runs a full service practice in Versailles and specializes in Vision Therapy, a kind of physical therapy for the eyes, brain and body.


1) The eye is not where “vision” occurs.

The eye simply captures the visual image for the brain to process. This information is then transmitted to the brain where vision occurs.

Information travels both ways in the brain in equal measure – from the eye to the brain and from the brain back to the eye. Vision is a feedback system between the eyes, the other senses, the brain and the body.

2) All eye doctors are not the same.

Doctors receive the same initial education, but after graduation their experiences vary greatly.

Some focus on eye diseases, others on visual performance, contact lens specialties, low vision or children’s vision.

3) Eye doctors are able to check vision and eye health of young or other nonverbal patients.

Amblyopia or “lazy eye” is the leading cause of vision reduction in kids under age 10.

Approximately 75,000 3-year-olds per year are diagnosed with amblyopia in the United States.

This condition is controllable with glasses and Vision Therapy. The earlier it is detected, the easier it is to correct.

All kids should have an initial eye examination at age 3.

4) It may take more than one pair of eyeglasses to solve all of your visual problems.

Not only may you want an extra pair of glasses for a “different look,” but you also may need multiple pairs to provide proper sun protection, eliminate computer eye strain or help improve your golf game.

5) All eyeglass lenses are not the same quality or material.

Like other products, with lenses, “you get what you pay for.”

There are approximately six to 10 lens materials and more than 200 different lens designs with different optics and characteristics.

Many optical companies and labs buy lenses in bulk for a discount and then use only one lens type. This lens may not provide the best optics for your prescription.

6) Most causes of permanent vision loss, such as glaucoma, have no noticeable signs until it is too late.

These conditions can be detected early and often prevented with yearly eye examinations.

Dr. Rick Graebe
Family Eyecare Associates &
Children’s Vision and Learning Center
105 Crossfield Drive, Versailles
myfamilyvision.com • 859-879-3665