Vision Therapy for Learning-Related Vision Problems
Vision and learning are intimately connected. About 80 percent of what a child learns in school is through material presented visually on books, blackboards, computer screens, or demonstrations.
Approximately 10 percent of all children have a vision problem that is severe enough that it affects their learning, but the vision screenings provided by schools can miss up to 50 percent of these problems. A special type of kids eye doctor, known as a developmental optometrist, provides vision therapy for learning-related vision problems.
About Vision and Vision Therapy
Vision is a complex interaction between the eyes, nerves and the brain. Each component does a slightly different job. Nerves tell your eyes how to move as a team, as directed by your brain. Your eyes capture light and the images light carries. A light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the eye converts the images to a signal. The optic nerve carries the signal to the brain, which converts the signal into the image you perceive. All components of good vision, including the eyes and the brain, must develop and work properly to ensure good vision.
There are several types of learning-related vision problems. Refractive errors, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness, can prevent a child from reading a textbook or blackboard. Other eye health problems can cause low vision. Eye doctors often prescribe glasses or contact lenses to correct refractive errors.
Functional vision problems are difficulties with specific functions of the eye or the nerves that control the eyes. These problems include difficulty with eye teaming (binocularity) to create a 3-dimensional image, fine eye movements that are important for efficient reading, and trouble focusing. Convergence insufficiency affects the ability of the eyes to stay aligned during reading. Functional vision problems can cause blurred or double vision, eyestrain, and headaches that can affect learning. Vision therapy can help correct functional vision problems.
Visual perception problems cause difficulty in understanding what you see, identifying it, judging how important it is, and storing it properly as a memory in your brain. Vision therapy can help treat visual perception problems.
A developmental optometrist provides a comprehensive vision exam that checks every aspect of eye health, vision and visual skills. Depending on what the optometrist finds, the eye doctor may recommend vision therapy.
Developmental Optometrist serving Osprey, Venice, Sarasota and surrounding areas Describes Vision Therapy
If you are like many people, you may think that the goal of vision therapy is to strengthen eye muscles. Vision therapy is more than just “eye exercises,” though, as the eye muscles are usually strong enough to do their job. Vision therapy is a way to retrain the brain to improve vision.
Vision therapy treats vision-related learning difficulties. It serves as visual rehabilitation for those experiencing difficulties after suffering acquired brain injuries. Vision therapy is also effective for improving sports vision.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Osprey Optometrist
If someone in your family has learning-related vision problems, make an appointment with Family Eye Care & Vision Therapy. Our developmental optometrist provides vision therapy and other treatments for vision problems. Family Eye Care & Vision Therapy is conveniently located at 694 S. Tamiami Trail in Osprey, FL. Make an appointment with our pediatric eye doctor by calling (941) 966-6700.