Vision & Learning with our Osprey, FL Optometrist
As your trusted developmental optometrist in the greater Osprey area, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to patients of all ages. With a focus on vision development and children's eyeglasses, we understand the importance of preventative and developmental optometry.
The Connection Between Vision and Learning
Undiagnosed vision problems can create learning hurdles for many students. One in ten children, over 5 million in the US, have a vision problem that is significant enough to impact their learning abilities. Children can sometimes lack skills such as focusing, tracking, or coordinating that affect their learning. Often, children with vision problems are misdiagnosed with attention disorders because they exhibit behavior similar to those disorders. Vision problems cause children to skip or reread lines, affect reading comprehension, take longer to do homework, or impact attention span – much like ADD or ADHD does to some children. A developmental visual exam is the first step to diagnosing a child's vision problem and help with learning impairments caused by vision problems.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is so much more than eye exercises. Our experienced developmental and pediatric optometrist uses vision therapy as a type of physical therapy for the brain and eyes to help correct many common vision problems like difficulties with tracking, focusing, crossed eyes, lazy eye, double vision and certain reading or learning disabilities. Often times, patients are told that it is too late to correct these common vision conditions and are resolved to simply live with it. However, vision therapy can be specifically directed towards correcting these common conditions and learning disabilities and is not limited by age.
The goal of vision therapy is not to simply strengthen the eyes. In fact, the eye muscles are extremely strong already! Vision therapy is performed under the supervision of our developmental and pediatric optometrist and individualized to meet the needs of each patient. Typically conducted in our office, we usually recommend once or twice weekly sessions that last around 45 minutes. This progressive program of vision “exercises” or procedures may occasionally be supplemented with home reinforcement or “homework” assignments.
Depending on your specific needs, vision therapy procedures are prescribed by our vision development team to:
- Develop or improve your fundamental visual skills and/or abilities
- Improve overall visual comfort, efficiency, and ease
- Change the way that you process or interpret visual information
Much More than Eye Exercises
Professional vision therapy should not be confused with any self-directed eye exercise programs that you may have seen marketed to the general public. Our in-office vision therapy sessions are always supervised by our developmental optometrist and depending on your needs, specialized equipment may be used, including:
- Corrective Lenses
- Therapeutic Lenses
- Prism Lenses
- Optical Filters
- Electronic Targets (with timing mechanisms)
- Eye Patches or Occluders
- Visual-Motor-Sensory Integration Training Devices
- Computer Software
- And More
Contact Our Pediatric Optometrist in Osprey To Learn More about Vision & Learning
Want to learn more about the connection between vision therapy and learning? If you or a loved one is struggling with a common vision condition or vision-related learning disability, our friendly and skilled optometry team can help.
Call (941) 966-6700 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment for vision therapy with our Osprey pediatric optometrist.