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The Broken Brain Podcast – Vision Therapy and the Brain with Dr. Fabian Tai

The Broken Brain Podcast – Vision Therapy and the Brain with Dr. Fabian Tai



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Have you ever wondered how vision plays a role in the health of our bodies and our brains? Problems with our eyes can give us clues to what is going on inside—and, conversely, problems with many activities may be a result of compromised eye function. What you may not know is that using a treatment called vision therapy may improve so many things such as ADD, head injuries, reading comprehension, posture, throwing a ball, and much more.

Today, our host Dhru sits down with optometrist Dr. Fabian Tai, whose specialty is vision therapy. Vision therapy takes a different approach to vision, the eyesight, and the brain using a variety of tests and exercises to help strengthen and retrain the eyes.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • Dr. Tai’s personal story (4:29)
  • Symptoms that were signs of trouble (9:16)
  • How does vision impact fight or flight? (13:25)
  • Stress on the body from not using eyes properly (14:28)
  • Vision as more than just what your eyes see (18:02)
  • What is vision therapy? (19:30)
  • Who benefits from vision therapy? (20:45)
  • Vision’s role in ADD (23:04)
  • Chronic inflammation affects brain and vision health (27:24)
  • What else can we do to heal? (31:53)
  • Being proactive in treating injuries (42:20)
  • Protocol for a few exercises (47:02)
  • Where can I find a vision therapist? (48:56)
  • Conditions that may be helped by vision therapy (52:25)
  • Vision therapy and stroke patients (55:05)
  • Reducing eye strain when on screens (1:03:45)
  • Myopia is not normal (1:07:10)
  • Would reading glasses help? (1:09:36)
  • Light sensitivity and how to help it (1:14:43)
  • Dr. Tai’s family story about the tie between gut and vision (1:16:51)
  • Where can I find out more about Dr. Tai (1:22:41)

I know you’ll love all the educational information from this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast as much as I did.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD

PS – If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Tai’s practice, find him online here. You can also look for a local vision therapy provider in the US, in Canada, in the UK, and Europe.

Mark Hyman MD is the Head of Strategy and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

If you are looking for personalized medical support, we highly recommend contacting Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts today.