Vision and Learning/Vision Therapy
Many of the children we see in our office pass vision screenings yet they struggle with undiagnosed vision problems. It is important for parents to understand that vision screenings by a pediatrician or school nurse do not replace an eye exam. The ability to see the letters on an eye chart is just one of 17 visual skills that are critical to reading and learning. Some of these skills include: eye movement (tracking), focusing, eye teaming (convergence), and eye-hand coordination.
Like many skills, visual skills are developed, and can generally be improved upon through proper therapeutic techniques. One option is for vision therapy, which offers an individualized treatment program using specialized eye exercises and equipment that help teach the patient how to use their eyes correctly, and helps them better understand what they see.