Vision Therapy for Visual Disabilities
Have you suspected that your child’s vision is not allowing them to perform adequately in school and sports, but they “see” well?
Are you an adult who is experiencing eyestrain or headaches when driving or working at the computer?
If you or your child is struggling—finding it difficult to read, reports double or blurry vision, has poor handwriting, ducks when balls are thrown, or has a short attention span—they may have developmental visual difficulty causing them to underperform or work hard with minimal results.
You are they may need Vision Therapy for visual disabilities.
Visual Disabilities Explained
Often, people think of visual disabilities as someone being blind. However, there is a wide spectrum of problems with sight that are classified as disabilities. Anyone who needs some sort of aid is classified as visually disabled. Understanding what these are and how to best treat them is important for everyone to know.
A person who is considered legally blind falls into this category. While many cannot see anything, to be classified as legal blindness means that the ability to see is largely hampered, even with assistive technology. However, these people can still see movement and some colors. Therefore, they are not completely blind as most people would assume.
Other people with visual disabilities can see well, if they are wearing glasses or contact lenses. An optometrist can perform several tests to find out the exact problems with focus and vision that an individual is experiencing.
Others may be able to get by purchasing reading glasses from their local pharmacy. This lower level of impairment does not require a prescription. Often, the person can see well at medium and far distances. It is only with close objects that they need assistance.
Low vision also falls into the category of visual disabilities. Low vision means that a person cannot see well even with some form of assistive technology. However, their vision is not so poor as to be classified as legal blindness. This can be a result of genetics or injuries. While common with elderly people, it can affect people of all ages, especially if the cause is genetic.
Color blindness also falls into the sphere of disabilities but, is not as serious as the other categories. For the most part, these people can operate in society without others even being aware that the person has a reduced ability to differentiate between certain colors. Treatment is not necessary nor practical for this category.
With the remaining aspects of visual impairments, there are several things that can be done to help the individual reach optimum efficiency of sight ability. The person may also start vision therapy to assist their ability to maintain or even possibly regain visual acuity. The sooner an individual begins these therapies, the greater benefit they will receive.
While there is a large range of vision problems that are classified as disabilities, they all have in common that the person does not see as well as other individuals. Corrective therapies are available in both external aids and exercises. The greater the awareness of the individual and their willingness to work diligently to perform the vision therapy, the more likely they are to retain their current level of sight. Everyone can benefit from understanding this condition.
Vision Therapy for visual disabilities can help.
Success Stories About Vision Therapy for Disabilities
Click the purple links below to read Vision Therapy success stories by patients who needed Vision Therapy for visual disabilities, like Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), brain injury rehabilition, Convergence Insufficiency (CI), and Strabismus (Crossed Eyes).
You know that Vision is more than 20/20, right?
Please note: In-office therapy under the direction of a Behavioral Optometrist using prisms, filters and lenses, as used with our patients, is far more effective than home-based therapy.