By the time my son entered kindergarten, it was clear to me that scoring 20/20 on the eye chart and being given a clean bill of eye health by a renowned and much recommended pediatric ophthalmologist was not going to be the last word on his vision.
Combining optometric vision therapy with occupational therapy results in an integrated solution. Overall coordination and alertness are improved, which in turn affects performance in sports and in school.
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) affects a wide variety of people. Individuals with SPD and other different diagnoses or labels may have sensory issues such as sound sensitivity, difficulty screening out background noise, or visual sensitivity to fluorescent lights.
View a demo of what it is like to read for those with Convergence Insufficiency or Accommodative Insufficiency.
On June 13, 2012 the Convergence Insufficiency Infographic was launched on the VisionHelp blog. The introduction of this infographic began with a frequently quoted saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
If you are planning to bring home that magical experience of watching 3D movies this holiday season, read this article first! Learn about what you can do if your child is not 3D ready.
Nick Dellonte performs an exercise as part of his vision therapy starting in the first grade, Nick Dellonte’s teachers would tell his parents that he was fidgety and wiggly at school, largely because he had trouble focusing and being attentive.
One player in the 2009 Super Bowl was given a major advantage over others while still a child. The 25 year-old wider receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald, has a grandfather and aunt who are optometrists in Chicago.
While the news media provide day-to-day coverage of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery from a bullet wound, similar dramas play out every day for American troops who return home with head injuries from combat.
Like children with ADHD, adults with the condition typically have trouble concentrating, get distracted easily, have problems following directions and organizing their tasks and forget to do things. As a result, they may perform poorly in their jobs, be chronically late, have difficulty controlling their anger and have relationship problems.
When parents find out that their child is struggling in school, they attempt to help them by trying to get at the root of the problem, only to discover a complex maze with professionals disagreeing and vested interests being challenged. Many parents get overwhelmed by the conflicts and the information overload but they keep searching for answers.
Too often, visual problems which would have been detected early in non-disabled children go undiagnosed and untreated for children with disabilities, perhaps because the visual examination would be difficult, or the child is not able to verbalize a problem, or the school’s test showed “normal” 20/20 eyesight.
In some cases, typical autistic behaviors like poor eye contact, looking through or beyond objects, extreme aversion to light, unusual reaction to sight, lack of reciprocal play, inordinate fear of heights or lack of appropriate fear of heights may be symptoms of visual problems that can be remediated with vision therapy.
Many of the behavioral characteristics of those falling within the autism spectrum involve the visual system. Poor eye contact, staring at lights or spinning objects, looking askance, side viewing and general difficulties attending are often symptoms of visual dysfunction.
Even with perfect eyesight, some students have problems tracking side to side when they read. It’s a problem that’s more widespread than most parents and teachers realize.
A “Joint Policy Statement” published online in the Journal Pediatrics on July 27 appears to cobble together outdated research and vision science, such as the controversial Irlen lens, in an attempt to discredit optometric vision therapy, according to prominent optometrists.
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