Vision Therapy for
Learning-Related Vision Problems
Learning-Related Vision Problems – What They Are and How to Recognize Them
Regular comprehensive eye checkups are essential for a variety of reasons, one of those being that uncorrected and undiagnosed vision problems are sometimes misdiagnosed as learning disabilities. This can present major problems as the treatment and corrective measures fail to work and the child can continue to fall behind in school and learning.
Experts say that nearly 80% of what children learn in school is presented visually, whether it be in pictures, writing or through multimedia. This is one of the reasons uncorrected vision problems can cause such serious ramifications in a child’s learning and lead to extreme frustration for all involved. If for instance, a child is unable to see the white board properly, it stands to reason that they will have a harder time understanding the concepts the teacher is trying to explain or follow along with the lesson, this can lead to suggestions of ADD or ADHD when in fact, a pair of glasses would do the trick.
Of course, learning-related vision problems do exist, but should be treated as a vision issue not a learning disability. There are three basic classifications of learning-related vision problems: refractive problems, functional vision problems and perceptual. The first two refer to conditions that affect visual input, while the last one affects processing and integration of visual input.
Eye health and refractive problems are the most common, and affect how well you see out of each eye. Nearsightedness, astigmatism and farsightedness are examples of this type of problem. A child with this type of issue might have a hard time learning to read, or copying notes from the board and might suffer from frequent headaches due to eye strain.
Functional problems affect the fine visual skills, and the neurological control of these functions. This type of problem leads to blurred vision, double vision, headaches and eye strain. Convergence insufficiency is one condition that hampers learning as it affects the eyes ability to focus and stay aligned during reading.
The last learning-related vision problems are perceptual vision problems. This problem is a processing issue, and is distinguished by its effect on the individual’s ability to retain, identify, rate and relate visual information. A child with this type of vision problem will have difficulty recognizing and remembering words and numbers and relating them to a real world item.
Understanding the symptoms that might mean a child has an untreated learning-related vision problem is key to getting a diagnosis and treatment. A child that complains regularly of blurred vision, headaches, avoids reading, coloring or activities that require concentrated focus and if you witness excessive rubbing and blinking might, your child might be suffering from vision problems.
The first step to treatment and resolving the issue is diagnosis, and it shouldn’t be ignored. Uncorrected vision problems tend to progress and become increasingly more severe as time goes on. It is important to rule out any vision problems or deficiencies in order to relieve frustration due to learning difficulties.
Information About Autism and Vision Therapy
Parents of autistic children have a variety of struggles in learning about the diagnosis of their child and how to best help their offspring. They must understand that a vision problem is not limited to having 20/20 visual acuity.
Because many autistic children have difficulty maintaining eye contact, many believe that it is just normal and accept that as part of the diagnosis. Autism and vision challenges often go hand in hand.
Be sure to find the right Behavioral Optometrist to offer Vision Therapy for Learning Disabilities.
Editor’s Note: Few ophthalmologists or optometrists can claim extensive experience with autistic individuals. If you are looking for an eye doctor for a person with autism or suspected autism spectrum disorders, locate a Behavioral or Developmental Optometrist and ask the following questions before scheduling the eye examination:
(1)Does the Optometrist have experience in evaluating the vision of a non-verbal and/or autistic person?
(2) If appropriate to the case, does the Optometrist offer special corrective lenses for autistic individuals (i.e., prisms and/or filters)?
Read success stories about Vision Therapy for learning disabilities.
Click the purple links below to read these Vision Therapy success stories from patients who were helped by using Vision Therapy for learning disabilities, like ADD-ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia/Dyslexic.
Vision Therapy for learning disabilities may be the answer you are looking for.
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.
Regular comprehensive eye checkups are essential for a variety of reasons, one of those being that uncorrected and undiagnosed vision problems are sometimes misdiagnosed as learning disabilities.
ADD – ADHD
Due to her Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and a reading and vision disability, it was not an easy task to help my daughter.
Autism Spectrum Disorders
I am the parent of an autistic child.
Dyslexia and Dyslexic
As a teacher, I recognized that Jon had some kind of visual difficulty when reading: losing his place, reversal of letters, confusing letters such as “P, D, B,” tracking from line to line as he read, and poor concentration.