Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?
A Closer Look at Symptoms
Look over this list – does any of the following sound familiar to you?
- A student unable to stay with a homework assignment more than fifteen minutes at a time
- Parents at their wits' end because twenty-minute homework assignments take two hours (or longer) amidst many tears and much agony – homework time becomes a battleground
- A child who labels himself as "dumb," "stupid," "a retard," and other such putdowns
- A young person who is bright and perceptive and highly conversational, and yet cannot conquer any area that requires reading or close work such as art and drawing
- A educational system that labels an otherwise bright child as a "non-reader" or a "low-achiever"
Many of you who read this list will relate to these scenarios – and yet be unaware that each one could stem from a vision-related problem.
Understanding Vision Disorder
Reading-related vision disorders are not widely known or understood. This can explain why your search for solutions has ended in so many dead-ends. Dr. Tod Davis, Developmental Optometry & Vision Therapy Services is working hard to rectify that problem by offering extensive educational tools to better inform those who may themselves (or someone they care about) suffer from vision disorder.
Because many professionals are unfamiliar with vision disorders, many children who suffer with the problem are often misdiagnosed. Some are grouped in a school setting with the slow learners and those who are developmentally delayed. Others are told they are A.D.H.D. or A.D.D. Parent and educators alike, are not aware the problem could actually be a vision disorder.
Lack of Knowledge
Again, it's no one's fault, but merely because they may have never heard of vision disorders – such as convergence insufficiency (CI), for instance.
Convergence insufficiency (CI) is an eye condition which leads to some or all of the following: loss of concentration, slow reading, eye strain, headaches, blurred or double vision and ultimately impacts learning.
The fact is current research indicates that approximately 1 in 4 children has vision disorders such as CI, that interfere with their ability to learn.
But how can this be possible when most all schools offer vision screenings? The fact is a basic eye test is not equipped to diagnose a more complex vision disorder. Add to that the fact that the affected student is usually unable to verbalize his or her own problem.