Within the classroom, 80% of learning comes through our visual system. Deficits within this system often decrease a student’s reading and learning abilities. Did you know that many treatable vision problems mimic ADHD and Dyslexia behaviors?

If visual skills are highly developed, reading and learning can become effortless. Studies show deficiencies in binocular vision, accommodation, oculomotor control, visual information processing and/or visual integrative abilities often lead to significant difficulties in reading and learning abilities.

Vision therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for reading, writing, and learning such as eye movement and focusing skills or the ability to coordinate the eyes together as a team. Eye-hand coordination and visual perceptual abilities are included in these essential skills.

This is much more than just having 20/20 eyesight, the child must have many visual skills to excel in school. With only one important part of vision deficient, the child could drop one or two letter grades below their true potential.

Reading requires: clear vision, smooth eye movements, the ability to keep the eyes focused on the words, visual discrimination to tell the differences in words and punctuation, the visualization skills to see the story or math problem in the mind and the eye-hand coordination to write down the correct answers.

Copying from the board requires: clear far eyesight, clear near eyesight, the ability to switch between far and near vision, awareness to keep track of their place, vision memory and eye-hand coordination.

Adults with normal vision take for granted how easy it is for them to read and copy. There are many visual skills involved. It has been estimated that one in four children will have a significant eye problem at some point of their education process. Vision problems will be one of the most common things that can go wrong and cause a child to struggle in school.

At The Vision Therapy Institute, we treat binocular vision deficiencies with a personalized approach. Research shows, home-based treatment models are significantly less effective than office-based vision therapy paired with home reinforcement. With our approach, each session is one-on-one (therapist-to-patient), conducted under doctor supervision.  During treatment, our doctors and therapists apply state-of-the-art technology and procedures, making treatment fun and productive. Our advanced approach incorporates coordinated movement, balance, auditory processing and cognitive abilities. After treatment, our patients obtain significantly improved vision, academic abilities, and coordination skills. These improvements empower our patients’, instill a greater sense of confidence, and enjoy lives that are more productive.

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