4D Vision Therapy For Children
Informing Parents About the Critical
Link Between Vision and Learning!
Vision Therapy for children can play a key role in your child’s learning.
“Sadly, many American children suffer from vision-related learning disabilities that jeopardize their academic success. But with early intervention, many sight problems can be easily corrected, enabling these students to excel.”
~ President Clinton, 1995
In the first 30 to 60 days after school starts, some issues may crop up reflecting an undiagnosed vision problem.
Undetected or undiagnosed vision problems are those that are not picked up by typical vision screenings in schools or pediatrician offices.
Issues like amblyopia (lazy eye) and convergence insufficiency (common near vision disorder) can only be detected by a functional vision evaluation performed by a behavioral or developmental optometrist.
Did you know that 1 in 4 children have visual issues that affect reading, according to the American Optometric Association?
“Over the years, local, national, and even international news reporters have featured the life changing improvements that are possible when underlying vision problems have been identified and treated with optometric vision therapy,” states Dr. Ida Chung, COVD President
Some kids, unfortunately, may not show signs of typical vision problems because they have learned ways to adapt. However, as children get older, it becomes more difficult to adapt as the amount of reading required increases and the print size becomes smaller.
All Parents Should Know the Signs That a Vision Problem May be Interfering with Learning
So, a functional vision evaluation by a behavioral optometrist should be considered, even at the early stages of your child’s learning; but as the child gets older, parents can look for these signs:
Does your child…
squint or close one eye frequently when reading?
* tilt his or her head to one side regularly?
* experience blurry vision?
* lose his or her place when copying from the board or when reading?
* skip words frequently when reading?
* hold books close when they read?
* have trouble remembering what they read?
* get tired or irritable when reading?
* have overall fatigue after prolonged near work?
* have a short attention span?
* struggles when writing?
* have red, itchy, teary, irritated or burning eyes?
* turn head on angle when working at near?
* have poor posture when performing near work?
* move head excessively when reading?
* skip or re-read lines?
* avoid writing or reading?
* have poor handwriting?
* have difficulty with differences and similarities?
Vision therapy for children can help with these symptoms. For a more detailed list of symptoms, read “29 Signs Your Child Has An Undetected Vision Problem.”
Parents Share Their Stories
Parents from around the world have learned about Optometric Vision Therapy and have stepped forward to share their stories to help other parents put an end to their children’s struggles. These stories include one about President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s daughter Lucy, whose dyslexia was helped greatly by Vision Therapy.
Learn more: Vision Therapy Success Stories
Here are video testimonials about Vision Therapy:
A related article: Vision and Reading, is Your Child Struggling in School
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.
To schedule a Functional Vision Evaluation (or comprehensive behavioral examination),
contact Dr. Collier.