Vision and Learning
Vision is a Major Piece of the Education Puzzle
It is estimated that approximately 80% of learning is visual.
When skewed information enters the visual system, the brain tries to “make sense of it,” often in an inefficient, or inaccurate way. Vision and learning issues can cause reading difficulties like poor concentration, low reading comprehension, letter reversals, skipping lines or letters, losing one’s place, words blurring or moving on the page, and the feeling that reading takes longer than it should.
Strong, well-coordinated visual-perceptual skills are necessary for processing the information that enters through the eyes. Proper coordination of visual skills and efficient processing of visual information are essential for optimal performance in reading, writing, social studies, science, math, arts, and music. Vision Therapy will help you succeed in these areas throughout your academic career.
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Vision and Learning Disabilities Treatment
If your child exhibits any of the following behaviors, he or she may be suffering from a problem with convergence and/or adequate visual function and/or visual perception. These visual problems can contribute to learning disabilities or, in some cases, can be mistaken or misdiagnosed as learning disabilities.
Your child . . .
Seems bright, but struggles with reading.
Fatigues quickly when reading, with frequent signs of frustration.
Is unable to sit still; cannot stay on task for any length of time.
Reverses words, numbers or letters.
Has difficulty remembering spelling words.
Is disorganized and frustrated when studying visual information.
Frequently loses his place, skips words or whole lines of text.
Has poor reading comprehension.
Has difficulty copying from the board or a book, has sloppy handwriting.
Medication or tutoring has not been successful in improving school performance.
Has been labeled LD (learning disabilities), ADD, ADHD, or dyslexic.
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What is the treatment strategy when it is determined that a defect in visual function is present?
When indicated, a personalized and interactive Vision Therapy program can be administered under supervision. Each program is individualized to meet a child’s specific visual needs. This type of therapy is short-term and goal-oriented.
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.