The Genetics of Eye Conditions and How to Turn Our Genes On and Off with Dr. Jason Clopton (Episode #69)

Dr. Jason CloptonDr. Lynn Hellerstein of Vision Beyond Sight speaks with Dr. Jason Clopton, director of the Center of Vision Development PLLC, managing partner of the Centers of Development PLLC referral centers for pediatrics and neuro rehabilitation, pioneer of pediatric and brain injury referral centers in Tennessee, US patent holder, and certified GX Sciences genetics provider. Dr. Clopton talks about the genetics of eye conditions like macular degeneration and glaucoma, epigenetics and factors that turn our genes on and off, genetic testing, and supplementation for our genes.

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  • Dr. Clopton’s pediatric and TBI referral centers
  • Eye conditions and their genetics
  • Macular degeneration – symptoms and supplementation
  • How to get your genetics looked at
  • Inflammation
  • Using supplements for genes
  • Glaucoma – genetics, symptoms and supplementation
  • Epigenetics and turning your genes on and off through food, sleep, positivity, and other environmental factors
  • Getting your genetics tested and looking at supplementation through GX Sciences
  • Importance of vitamin D supplementation
  • Understanding our body’s efficiency as a gamechanger

About Dr. Jason Clopton:

Dr. Jason Clopton grew up in Chattanooga, TN and graduated from Southern College of Optometry in 1999. In 1998, he was awarded “Clinician of the Year” for his class by his professors and the InWave Optics Low Vision Award. After graduation he went into private practice. In 2001 he started the first pediatric and brain injury referral therapy center in Tennessee with his wife Heidi Clopton, OTR/L, a pediatric occupational therapist. He was awarded Tennessee’s “Young Optometrist of the Year” in 2002. He attained his Fellowship in the College of Optometry in Vision Development in 2006, and Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry in 2013. He is a former board member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and Tennessee Brain Injury Association. He is a past Chairman of the Vision Re/habilitation Committee for the American Optometric Association (AOA). 

Dr. Clopton wrote the AOA Guidelines for Coding and Billing for Vision Therapy and Neuro-re/habilitation. He has co-authored chapters Optometric Management of Functional Vision Disorders and The Optometric Practice in the book Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs First Edition. He is also U.S. Patent holder for System and Method for Real Time Monitoring and Dynamic Treatment of Oculomotor Conditions. US Patent # 8,845,099 granted September 30, 2014. He became an SSI-licensed scuba diving instructor in 2021. 

Dr. Clopton is a certified GX Sciences genetics provider and is currently working with NBX wellness on creating Ophthalmic genetic panels.

Connect with Dr. Jason Clopton and NBX Wellness:

Websites: | NBX Wellness 

“Our bodies are incredible machines that we take in everything from our environment, our mood, our food, our sleep patterns, our happiness… Everything that we do changes how our genes turn on and turn off. Visualization is a fantastic thing that it helps us to create the outcome. But what happens is when we visualize the outcome, our body turns on certain genes and turns off others to create that outcome.” – Dr. Jason Clopton

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Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, Developmental Optometrist, co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., award-winning author and international speaker, holds powerful and inspiring conversations with her guests in the areas of health, wellness, education, sports and psychology. They share their inspirational stories of healing and transformation through their vision expansion. Vision Beyond Sight Podcast will help you see with clarity, gain courage and confidence. Welcome to Vision Beyond Sight!

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A pioneer in vision therapy and developmental optometry, for more than 30 years, Dr. Lynn Hellerstein has helped thousands of children and adults improve their vision and transform their lives — at home, in the classroom, and most recently on the playing field. Her breakthrough methods unlock barriers to learning and “rewire” around brain injuries, and vision perception or processing deficits. But you don’t have to have a vision problem to benefit: her brain training strategies may be the missing magic if you’re an athlete trying to nail a tricky shot or stay cool in competition. If it’s a skill you can visualize, Dr. Hellerstein can help train your eyes — and mind’s eye — on success.

Award-winning and #1 bestselling author, Dr. Lynn has published numerous professional peer reviewed articles, chapters and four books.

See It. Say It. Do It! (2009) - How to see/recognize your goal, declare your intention, and taking action to achieve your vision.

See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It! (2011) - How to create a step by step process to make achieving your goal a reality.

50 Tips To Improve Your Sports Performance (2013) - How to improve your sports performance today by enhancing eye-mind-body coordination skills, achieving the mental edge, and preventing injuries.

Expand Your Vision (2021) - Discover the power of the seeing brain…the creator of your true vision. Gain Clarity, Courage, and Confidence. In this #1 Amazon best-selling innovative newest book, the power of visualizing and believing in the process to break through internal barriers and create new possibilities for achieving your goal is explored. Visualization can be used to increase creativity, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to build confidence in all of the things that they do.