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!
Insurance Coverage of Vision Therapy
Vision therapy is used to treat diagnosed vision conditions. In some cases, Vision Therapy is the only available and effective treatment option for these conditions. However, some insurance companies and managed care plans may deny or place severe limitations on coverage for Vision Therapy services as a cost-saving measure in the same way that orthodontics is usually denied by all insurances. It is important to remember that the unwillingness of insurance companies to pay for these services does not reduce the need for obtaining treatment. It is not the policy of Complete Eye Care to compromise our care or allow insurance companies to dictate our treatment plans.
Insurance companies will not cover any therapy that they deem educational or as a treatment for learning issues. Therefore, perceptual and cognitive therapies are not able to be coded for insurance coverage. This educational versus medical paradigm is the main basis of most insurance companies’ denials and exclusions.
In addition, accommodative and oculomotor (eye movement) therapies are not covered by any insurance code. The only type of therapy that may be covered is orthoptic (binocular) therapy. However, due to the specialized nature of this treatment, it may or may not be covered by your insurance plan.
Please keep in mind that as you progress through your therapy program, the amount and type of therapy you require may change. This is due to progress being made more or less quickly than anticipated. The doctor in charge of your case will discuss this with you as you progress through therapy. We are here to provide the best possible care to you and your family. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
While Optometric vision therapy is not inexpensive, it should be seen as an investment in your child’s future.
We do realize however that the cost of vision therapy may be a financial burden for some families. To offset this burden, we offer several different payment options, including CareCredit (www.carecredit.com). Please do not hesitate to discuss this with us.