Vision is more than 20/20
A child who sees 20/20 does not necessarily have good vision. Reading the 20/20 line on an eye chart simply means your child can see what’s considered to be normal at 20 feet away. The eye chart is NOT able to identify any problems with the following key components of vision:
- Eye focusing (needed for viewing at near)
- Eye teaming
- Eye tracking
- Depth perception
- Processing of visual information
- Eye hand coordination
- Eye turn (strabismus)
As much as 80% of all learning for children occurs through vision
Problems with any of the above components of vision can lead to difficulties with learning. Children with visual based learning problems are often misidentified as lazy, slow, or having ADD/ADHD.
Signs and symptoms of a vision problem:
If your child exhibits or complains of any of the following, a vision problem may be present:
- Rubbing an eye, squinting, or blinking excessively
- An eye turn in or out
- Avoidance of reading/near tasks
- Holding reading material closely
- Closing or covering one eye
- Losing place, skipping or rereading lines while reading
- Poor reading comprehension
- Difficulty copying from the board at school
- Poor handwriting
- Poor spelling
- Blurry vision
- Double vision
- Words jump, move, wiggle, or run together when reading
- Eye discomfort
- Light sensitivity
- Short attention span
Vision therapy can help
Vision therapy is an individualized treatment program designed to help train your child’s eyes to work better together as a team and work better with their brain to process visual information. It involves vision exercises which incorporate lenses, prisms, eye patches, 3D viewing devices, and computer software.
The vision therapy program prescribed for your child will consist of weekly office visits for a specified number of weeks supplemented with home therapy techniques. Complete Eye Care is conveniently located off of I-85 in Belmont for families in Gastonia, Mt. Holly, and Charlotte who think that their children may benefit from vision therapy.
If you feel your child can benefit from vision therapy, click here to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Hilary Gesford or call 704-825-9002 today!
Who Benefits? - Learning-related - Dyslexia - ADHD - Reading Problems - Eye Tracking
Binocular Vision - Lazy Eye - Convergence Insufficiency - Double Vision - Cross-eyed, Eye Turns
Visual Rehab - Special Needs - Developmental Delays - Brain Injured (TBI) - Autism - Stroke
Stress-related - Visual Stress with Reading and Computers - Blurry Vision at Near
Headaches - Motion Sickness - Sports Vision and Hand-Eye Coordination
Some visual conditions cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses and/or patching, and are best resolved through a program of Vision Therapy.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control:
- eye alignment,
- eye tracking and eye teaming,
- eye focusing abilities,
- eye movements, and/or
- visual processing.
Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient's newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.
Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?
Children and adults with visual challenges, such as:
Learning-related Vision Problems
Vision Therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning (i.e., eye movement and focusing skills, convergence, eye-hand activity, visual memory skills, etc.).
To learn more about learning-related vision problems, visit any of these web pages on:
- 20-20 Eyesight and 20/20 Eye Screenings - Not Perfect for Learning and School!,
- All About Learning Related Vision Problems,
- Learning Related Vision Problems and Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD), Dyslexia, and Learning Disabilities (LDs),
- Eyesight & Vision: Vision Therapy Helps Students with Reading Problems or Reading Below Grade Level, Handwriting, Homework, Spelling, and Math, etc.,
- Eyesight & Vision: Vision Therapy Helps Students Who've Been Labeled Attention Deficit (ADHD), Slow Learners, Lazy Students, Behavior Problems, Special Education, Gifted Learning Disabled, etc.,
- Vision Therapy as Treatment for Learning Disabilities.
Poor Binocular (2-eyed) Coordination
Vision Therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (reading, sports, depth perception, eye contact, etc.).
To learn more about binocular (two-eyed) vision, visit any of these web pages on:
- What is Binocular Vision?,
- What is Depth Perception and Stereo Vision?,
- Adults and Children Gain Binocular Vision and 3D Depth Perception,
- Adults and Children Improve Eye Tracking and Eye Teaming,
- The Eye Hop - Explore Your Binocular Vision,
- The Framing Game - A Binocular Vision Test,
- What is Seeing Double or Double Vision?
Convergence Insufficiency (common near vision disorder)
Recent scientific research -- funded by the National Eye Institute and conducted at Mayo Clinic -- has proven that in-office Vision Therapy is the best treatment for Convergence Insufficiency.
To learn all about Convergence Insufficiency, go to:
- What is Convergence Insufficiency Disorder?
- What is Intermittent Exotropia caused by Convergence Insufficiency?
Amblyopia (lazy eye), Diplopia (double vision), and Strabismus (cross-eyed, wandering eye, eye turns, etc.)
Vision Therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for turned eyes and/or lazy eye when compared to eye surgery, glasses, and/or patching, without therapy. The earlier the patient receives Vision Therapy the better, however, our office successfully treats patients well past 21 years of age.
Recent scientific research has disproven the long held belief that children with lazy eye, or amblyopia, can’t be helped after age 7.
To learn more about crossed eyes, eye turns, or lazy eye, visit any of these web pages on:
- About Eye Turns: Constant (Always) or Intermittent (Sometimes, Occasionally),
- Amblyopia, Lazy Eye, and Strabismus - Not All The Same!,
- Children's Vision: Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Strabismus (Crossed Eyes, Cross-eyed, Wall-eyed, Intermittent Exotropia, Hypertropia, Esotropia, etc.), Exophoria...,
- Eye Muscle Surgery: Treatment for Strabismus, Lazy Eye, Intermittent Exotropia, etc.,
- What is Amblyopia or Lazy Eye?,
- What is Convergence Insufficiency Disorder, Intermittent Exotropia, Exophoria?,
- What is Seeing Double or Double Vision?,
- Vision Therapy Eye Exercises as Treatment for Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Strabismus (Crossed eyes), Convergence Insufficiency Disorder, etc..
Stress-related Visual Problems - Blurred Vision, Visual Stress from Reading and Computers, Eye Strain Headaches, and/or Vision-induced Stomachaches or Motion Sickness
21st century life demands more from our vision than ever before. Many children and adults constantly use their near vision at school, work and home. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can induce blurred vision, eyestrain, headaches, etc. To learn about these visual problems and vision therapy, see:
- What is a Common Near Vision Problem and the Leading Cause of Eyestrain, Blurred Vision, Double Vision, and/or Headaches?,
- Told They Had 20/20, but Still Had Problems...,
- Eye Exercises for Blurred Vision, Blurry Eyesight (Reading and Computer Work),
- Dizziness, Motion Sickness, Eye Strain, Stomachaches, Double Vision...,
- Eye Exercises for Eye Strain, Eye Fatigue (Computer Work and Reading),
- Relief from Frequent or Chronic Headaches, Visual Stress, Eyestrain, and/or Stomachaches during or after Reading, School or Office Work.
Visual Rehabilitation for Special Needs - Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Stroke, Birth Injury, Brain Damage, Head Injury, Whiplash, Cerebral Palsy, MS, etc.
Vision can be compromised as a result of neurological disorders or trauma to the nervous system. Vision Therapy can effectively treat the visual consequences of brain trauma (including double vision).
To learn more about visual rehabilitation with vision therapy, see:
- Visual Rehabilitation following Brain Damage, Birth Injury, Head Injury, Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), etc.,
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Blurred Vision, Reading Problems, Double Vision, Eye Pain, Headaches with Reading, Visual Field Loss...,
- Brain Injury Rehabilitation - Success Stories with Vision Therapy.
Visual Rehabilitation for Special Needs - Developmental Delays, Visual Perceptual Visual-Motor Deficits, Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders
To learn more about vision therapy as it relates to developmental delays or disorders, see:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD): Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments,
- Autism Spectrum Disorders: Eye Examinations, Eyesight, Vision Therapy,
- Vision Therapy for Visual Perceptual Visual-Motor Deficits,
- Article: Diagnosis of Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NLD), Hidden Disability.
Sports Vision Improvement
Strong visual skills are critical to sports success. Not much happens in sports until your eyes instruct your hands and body as to what to do! We can measure and successfully improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral vision, eye focusing, eye tracking and teaming, visualization skills, and more. Find out how children and adults improve coordination and sports ability through Vision Therapy.
Vision Therapy can be the answer to many visual problems. Don't hesitate to contact our office with your questions.
To read definitions of Vision Therapy by outside sources, see What is Vision Therapy? and/or Vision Therapy? Self-help Eye Exercises?. To browse through hundreds of stories writtten by parents, teachers, adults and children, go to a national of catalog of Vision Therapy Success Stories.