Vision Therapy Can Help
If Your Child’s Learning Is Being Affected By Their Vision
Optometric Vision Therapy Can Improve Your Child’s Performance in School!
When your child struggles to learn, it is very troubling. You search for the cause, and often find yourselves with no explanation and a child who feels slower than other children in the class.
Unfortunately, vision is often overlooked as the cause of the problem.
Vision is different from eyesight
Let me explain. When you take your child to the pediatrician’s office, your child is asked to read the eye chart. When the doctor says your child has 20/20 vision, you are relieved. Then, if you take your child to the Optometrist’s or Ophthalmologist’s office, the doctor dilates your child’s eyes, and when you are told that your child has healthy eyes, again you are relieved.
So, your child has good vision and healthy eyes. You, like so many other parents, assume that your child has no visual difficulties…but this isn’t true.
Vision is not just 20/20 eyesight and good eye health. Vision is how we interpret all of the information that we see, read, describe and imagine. It is a complex process. Vision involves more than 65% of the pathways to your brain and over 20 of your visual abilities.
Why do children need early vision testing?
Watch this video to learn why a retired, early childhood director is convinced that parents should take their children to a Behavioral (or Developmental) Optometrist for vision therapy, even before they start reaading and writing.
How to know if your child’s vision needs Optometric Vision Therapy
To know if your child’s vision is adequate for efficient learning, a functional vision evaluation is needed.
That evaluation is performed by a Behavioral (or Developmental) Optometrist who will examine whether your child has the following visual skills that are needed to succeed in learning, reading, and sports:
- Visual Integration
- Aim Both Eyes At Target
- Visual Perception
- Eye Movement Control
- Central Vision
- Shift Focus From Far To Near
- Peripheral Vision
- Maintain Eye Teaming
- Depth Awareness
- Track Text
- Color Perception
- Depth Perception
- Gross/Fine Visual-Motor
If your child is experiencing challenges with any of these visual skills, they might show it by:
• Not being able to read comfortably for more than 20 minutes
• Having poor reading comprehension
• Reversing letters, words, or numbers
• Not reading what is written, but reading what “makes sense”
• Skipping words or lines when reading
• Seeing double at far or near
This is compounded by the fact that most children don’t know to describe the problem because they have always seen things in this way and may think it’s normal.
Schedule a Functional Vision Evaluation.
If you suspect that your child is experiencing these difficulties, schedule a Functional Vision Evaluation for them.
Feel free to contact Dr. Juanita Collier, a behavioral optometrist (or development optometrist), with any questions.
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.