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  • Visual Edge Media

    In addition to providing you with our reading slant board to facilitate reading and writing development, we also strive to be your resource library with a wealth of information for everything from vision care, reading, studying and more.

    In our resource library you'll find documents, reading lists, terms for definitions and articles providing valuable information  in regards to reading and writing  help.

    Here is our informational video.

  • Visual Edge Laser Etching

    The Visual Edge Slant Board can already be used for many purposes including, reading, writing, working on your laptop, studying and so much more.  We've now added laser etching, to customize your board with your name, school logo or even a music scale to help you practice your notes.  Dry erase markers can be used on the board over the etching and can be easily wiped away.  Contact us for a quote or with any questions today.

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  • Happy Lunar New Year!

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    It is currently a festive time for many and we wanted to extend to everyone celebrating,  a very Happy Lunar New Year! May your year be filled with all the love, luck, fortune and happiness! This year is the year of the Tiger.

  • Lack of Sleep Affects Vision

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    Many of us have experienced the feeling that there isn't enough hours in the day.  Whether it's work deadlines, projects, errands or taking care of the family, the busy schedules can cut into our sleep hours.  It is quite apparent how sleep can affect our ability to focus and other motor skills along with our health, but did you know that lack of sleep affects vision?

    Ophthalmology department at Mayo Clinic, USA reported findings that the continued lack of sleep or poor irregular sleeping patterns can also lead to blurred vision and eye vexation.

    Other problems include:

    • Ischemic optic neuropathy (a vascular optic nerve lesion)
    • Loss of vision in a single eye after waking up
    • Papilledema (Swelling of the optic nerve)
    • Vision Deterioration

    There will never be enough hours and there will always be an endless list of things to do, remember that your health comes first and get that much needed shut eye!

  • Get a Free Prescription Pad

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    Our reading slant board had helped so many individuals through their vision therapy, reading disabilities and rehabilitating various functions of learning and seeing.  We wanted to make recommending and ordering our readingslant board easy.

    We always love hearing from our customers and their experience with our reading slant board, so if you have a testimonial or a question, please contact us and you may even be featured on our next blog!

  • Protecting Your Eyes from UV Rays

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    There has been multiple reports about the effects of the sun's UV rays on the skin, from skin cancer, risks of sunburn and more.  What we don't hear about too often are the effects of UV rays and the eyes.

    Constant UV exposure can cause the following damage to the eyes:  macular degenerations, pinguecula, cataracts and pterygia.

    HEV - high - energy visible radiation (aka blue light) can also contribute to macular degeneration.

    Since you cannot see UV rays, it is a misconception to assume that your eyes are not at risk, just because of a cloudy day or lack of direct sunlight.

    There are three types of UV Rays:
    UVC Rays: Considered the most harmful because  it is the highest - energy ray.  Our ozone layer protects us from this particular ray, but with the depletion of the ozone layer, we are at risk of being affected by UVC Rays.  It has a wavelength of 100-280nm.

    UVB Rays: Longer wavelengths mean lower energy.  Like UVC Rays, we are semi protected by the ozone layer to these rays, but some of the rays still reach the earth's surface.  UVB rays can cause a darkening of the skin (melanin production) and prolonged exposure can cause skin to age, wrinkle and discolor.

    UVA Rays: Lower than UVC and UVB rays, these rays are the closest to being visible.  These rays can penetrate and reach the lens/retina of the eye.  This particular ray is what contributes to eye damage after prolonged exposure.

    To protect your eyes, if you think you will be outside for an extended period of time, it's suggested to wear sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection.  UV rays are still present even on cloudy days.

  • 3 Eye Exercises to Practice at Your Desk

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    Whenever studying or working at a computer, it's easy to get consumed by the task at hand and forget that our eyes are muscles that need rest too.  Here are three exercises in which you can practice at your desk to help promote the life and longevity of your eyesight.

    The Trombone Method

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    image via allaboutvision.com

    Looking Away and Around

    The idea is that every 30 minutes of staring at the computer, you should take a 15 second break to look away and star at objects in your room at different distances.   This helps your eyes adjust to seeing different lighting and focusing on items at different depths of field.

    Getting Shut-Eye

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    Sleep has an array of healing capabilities where it allows our body to re-set and start fresh in the morning, but resting your eyes is not something you need a bed for.  Taking time through-out the day to simply close your eyes, allows the muscles to relax and start fresh again.  This not only helps prevent eye strain, but it also gives you a chance to come back to your work with a fresh new look to possibly see something you may not have caught before.

  • What are Polarized Lenses

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    There is a common use of polarized sunglasses for boaters, fisherman and water enthusiasts to reduce the glare of light being reflected from the water.  To start off with, the definition of the world "polarized" is: a property of waves that describes the orientation of their oscillations. (google web definitions).  What causes the glare is that light being reflected off of flat surfaces such as water or a slick road are frequently horizontally polarized.  How polarized sunglasses work is that specialty Polarized lenses are constructed to block out horizontally polarized light by their vertically oriented polarizers.

    The same technique has been used to also develop 3d effects in movies and visual effects.

    For most things, polarized lenses provide an added benefit for reducing glare, but for skiers and snowboarders, sometimes that glare is needed to serve as warning of a slick patch of ice ahead.

    By controlling how reflected light appears, polarized lenses can help seeing a bit easier during outdoor activities.  For more information contact your local eye care physician.

  • Website Features

    Every week we try to post articles that can provide you valuable information. A few of the things we wanted to highlight this week, are the many features on our website, loaded with resources and answers to questions you may have in regards to our  Reading Slant Board, vision therapy, stress relief and more.

    Our FAQ

    We created this site not just to list the benefits of the Reading Slant Board but mostly to highlight prominent reading, learning and vision disorders that all link back to the basic forms of how someone is viewing information, affects how that information is processed.  In our FAQ you'll find definitions to terms such as "The Harmon Distance", and even what "20/20 vision" really means.

    Resource Library

    Once you've had the chance to look through our FAQ, take a look in the Resource Library to download articles, fact sheets, reading materials/lists and even term defintions.  Each of our articles are composed from immense research, published medical journals, from certafied vision therapists and more.

    We hope that you find valuable answers and information here but at anytime if there is something you would like more help or information on, please don't hesitate to contact us.

    We want to hear your testimonials, questions and suggestions in  to continue to  provide you with quality resources and customer service.

  • How Board Games Help With Math At Home

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    Most children enjoy playing games with other family members. Playing mathematical games as a family allows for learning and consolidation to occur in a non-threatening atmosphere and also helps build positive attitudes and stronger self-esteem.

    Board games are a useful way of developing many different mathematical ideas and skills with young children. They are particularly useful to give the necessary added practice needed by children with specific learning difficulties. However, it is important that the game is adapted to suit the specific needs of your child.

    Well known commercial board games such as Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Trouble and Headache can easily be adapted in a variety of ways to develop different basic number skills.

    When playing the game according to the rules, using a normal die (that is, one with spots) young children are learning that for every 'spot' on the die, the player must move one place along the track. Mathematically this is known as one-to-one correspondence and is the foundation of all mathematics.

    Being able to count the number in a group by matching a number name to each object, then realizing that the last number said is the number in the group is also an important early number idea. As children count the number of spots on the die, they are getting experience of this concept

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    Subitising (the instant recognition of the number of spots from the pattern, without counting) is another important mathematical skill. Again, playing games using different dice, gives children the opportunity to develop stronger subitising skills.

    Placing stickers over the spots and then writing the required numerals on the stickers can alter existing dice. If preferred, buy blank dice, or make a deck of twenty cards from scrap cardboard with just numerals written on them (from 1 to 10), two of each card. These can be used instead of a die as this allows for all numerals 1 to 10 and all basic addition and subtraction facts to be practiced.

    CAUTION: Do not use a pack of ordinary playing cards. This is because the pattern on the card does not match the number. For example, the seven of diamonds actually has nine diamonds on the card – seven large diamonds and two smaller ones, (one under each numeral). This can cause confusion for children still learning to “match” the total number of objects to the numeral.

    SOME USEFUL VARIATIONS

    1. Using a die with spots develops basic one-to-one correspondence and subitising skills.

    2. Using a die marked with the numerals 1 to 6 (or cards) develops basic numeral recognition.

    3. Using a die marked with the numerals 6 to 10 and 0 (or cards) develops higher numeral recognition.

    4. Using a die marked with the numerals 1 to 6 (or cards 1 to 10), have players mentally “double” the number thrown/shown and move that number of places, to practice basic addition doubles.

    5. Using two dice, one marked 1 to 6 and one marked with spots, encourages the “counting on “ strategy as children need to start with the numeral and then “add on” the spots.

    6. Using a die marked with the numerals 1 to 6 (or cards), have players mentally add one to the number thrown.

    7. Using a die marked with the numerals 1 to 6 (or cards), have players mentally add two, then three to the number thrown.

    8. Using a die marked with the numerals 3 to 8 (or cards 3 to 10); players mentally subtract one, two, then three from the number.

    9. Using a die marked with the numerals 1 to 6 (or cards 1 to 10), players subtract the number shown from 10 and then move the "answer" number of places.
    10. Using two dice, one marked 0 to 5 and one marked 5 to 10, have players throw both dice, calculate the difference between them and move that number of places.

    Contributions by: Val Badham and Paul Magaudda

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