We cherish the special needs community and see it as our duty and privilege to provide eye exams, vision therapy, optical services and comprehensive eye care in a style that provides for these amazing patients. Our convenient location in Buckhead enables us to provide care for special needs patients from all over the greater Atlanta area. In many cases a special needs patient will require a specialized eye exam that is catered to their level of development and understands the associated eye health issues related to their condition.
Many special needs patients have associated vision related issues such as eye teaming and focusing that requires a specialized vision therapy program.
Serving the greater Atlanta community, our practice is passionate about providing eye exams and eye care for patients that need a little extra understanding and love.
We provide a warm and unique approach to both children and adults with developmental disabilities. Our office strives to make every patients experience a friendly and fun experience no matter who they are.
If you get to a point where the cognitive ability limits what you need to do in the therapy room, sometimes you will have them take a little bit of a break and have them focus. For example, I will occasionally recommend more behavior therapy. When the system gets overloaded, the behavior that the child may display can limit what we can do in the therapy room, which requires added stimulation that patient isn’t able to handle at the moment. That doesn’t mean the patient doesn’t get invited back to therapy, but because sometimes they will need multiple therapies, we will start and then pause and then start again.
There is emerging research indicating that in many cases children are misdiagnosed with behavioral or learning disabilities when in reality their behavior can be explained by issues with vision which cause them to lose focus, act out, and have trouble processing different types of information. Furthermore the rates of children with ADHD that have certain types of vision issues is much larger than the population at large. Vision Therapy has been shown to be very effective with children who have Learning issues or ADHD.
Patients with Down Syndrome overwhelmingly require eye care, with 70% requiring glasses and 45% with Strabismus. Furthermore there are a variety of ocular diseases associated with Down Syndrome patients such as tear duct abnormalities that can lead to severe discomfort, keratoconus (misshaped cornea) and congenital cataracts. A patient with down syndrome will also require specialized glasses made for their unique facial features.
Patients with Cerebral Palsy will most likely have visual conditions that require correction with glasses and in many cases Vision Therapy. Many patients with Cerebral Palsy will have Strabismus or crossed eyes, this is most effectively treated with a Vision Therapy program that is personalized to the patient.
Dr. Locke is a residency trained eye doctor specializing in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy. Dr. Locke has published research and articles on Autism, Glaucoma and Dry Eye Disease. In addition, she has lectured in all areas of the field to her colleagues as well as community organizations. She serves on the board of three non-profit organizations and is a member of AOA, COVD, NSU Alumni Association and Buckhead Business Association. She is especially proud of her work with the community volunteering in Jamaica several times as well as for the Special Olympics, health fairs, and school screenings.