Eyeglasses May Not Be the Answer
to Your Child's Vision Problem
Vision Therapy is Used to Treat...
a number of vision problems. Most programs of vision therapy
are done in the doctors office for 30 to 60 minutes, once or twice
Some doctors prescribe home training activities in addition to, or
in place of, in-office therapy procedures. Your eye doctor will
determine which approach is most approrpiate for your child.
If your child has any of the following vision problems,
vision therapy may provide the most effective solution.
Crossed eyes and lazy eye
Good eye coordination is important to having a clear, 3-dimensional
view of the world. When the eyes are misaligned, the brain receives two
very different images. At first, this may create double vision. But over
time, the brain will try to eliminate the double images by ignoring the
visual information from one eye. If an eye turning becomes constant
(crossed eyes) and is not treated, it can lead to permanent reduction of
vision in one eye, a condition called lazy eye.
Eye focusing problems
When a child first starts reading, he or she may initially see things
clearly, but after a brief time the words or numbers on the page may
become blurry. The stress of working to keep the words clear can result
in visual discomfort, headaches and reduced comprehension. Good eye
focusing is needed for reading or other close work.
Eye teaming problems
Eye teaming allows the brain to put together the information received
from each eye into a single, clear picture. If both of a child's eyes are not
working precisely together, double vision may occur. Or he or she may
use a lot of additional effort to try to keep both eyes pointing at the
exact same place resulting in reduced ability to read easily and
Eye tracking problems
In order to aim and move his or her eyes accurately, a child needs good
eye tracking ability. This is important for following a moving object
such as a thrown ball, or moving the eyes quickly from one place to
another, like looking from one word to the next across a page. Problems
with eye tracking may result in skipping words or lines of print when
reading and poor sports performance.
Eye-hand coordination problems
Eye-hand coordination allows children to use visual information to
guide their hands. It is a visual skill needed for copying information
from a book, drawing a picture, or catching a baseball.
Visual perception problems
Problems with visual perceptual skills can interfere with the normal
reading and learning process. Visual perception allows a child to stay
focused on the task, recognize letters and words, remember what he or
she reads, understand math concepts, and match sounds with visual
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