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The American Optometric Association states, “Vision therapy is effective for patients of any age who have difficulty utilizing their visual system to process information.”

Like many skills, visual skills are developed, so they can generally be improved through proper therapeutic techniques.  In vision therapy, the optometrist prescribes visual tasks to be practiced under controlled conditions with the direction of a vision therapist.  Repetition of these tasks enhances vision by coordinating and improving eye tracking, focusing ability and by straightening the alignment of the eyes.

Warnings Signs of Visual Problems

Infants

  • Head tilting as the baby looks at things
  • Poor visual motor coordination
  • Any eye turn
  • Difficulty following objects
  • Squinting or covering one eye

Early School-Aged Children

  • Holding head at angle
  • Covering one eye when reading
  • Squinting or holding book very close
  • Poor attention span, drowsiness during class
  • Excessive blinking, burning or itching eyes during close work
  • Clumsiness

Older Students

  • Headaches during or after reading
  • Decreased comprehension with sustained reading
  • Reading more difficult than it should be
  • Difficulty with sports
  • Short attention Span

Adults

  • Headaches, blurriness of near vision
  • Eyestrain, distance blur after near work
  • Night driving difficulty, diminished night vision
  • Loss of reading speed and/or comprehension

Symptoms can appear at any stage of life.  If you or your child have any of these symptoms, there is a very strong possibility that an undiagnosed vision problem may be the cause, and you should schedule an appointment.