We all know that success tends to be accompanied by confidence. However, because children with visual dysfunctions struggle to perform daily tasks, whether academic or otherwise, their confidence is adversely affected. For example, a 7-year-old child struggling to read will likely refuse to read aloud in the classroom in order to hide his or her challenge. This problem may result in poor grades and the inability to keep up with the class. Over time, this could cause the child to become frustrated and have a negative self-image, leading the child to see him or herself as a “failure”.
It’s quite common for reading struggles and other school-related endeavors to be attributed to a learning disability, when in fact, the child may have undetected poor visual skills. Basic vision screenings do not assess visual skills and won’t catch functional vision problems, such as poor eye teaming, poor focus, or how the eyes move while reading. Only a functional eye exam can determine whether a child is struggling with visual difficulties and assess whether vision therapy can help develop and improve these skills. It’s important to note that even a child with 20/20 vision can have a visual dysfunction that interferes with learning.
Vision therapy helps thousands of children a year. The vision therapy program offered at Vision Therapy Center At Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta can help your child by retraining the brain and eyes to work in unison — offering them their best chance at success.
What Is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy (VT) is a progressive treatment program made up of a variety of eye exercises, personalized to fit the needs of each child. The goal of vision therapy is to develop or enhance fundamental visual skills and abilities while increasing visual comfort and processing. Each treatment session takes place at the office once or twice a week under the supervision of Dr. Takeia Locke.
To further support in-office treatment and accelerate progress, certain visual exercises are expected to be performed at home on a regular basis.
VT has been proven to improve the following eye conditions:
- Ambylopia (lazy eye)
- Strabismus (eye turn)
- Binocular vision problems
- Focusing/accommodative disorders
- Visual-Perceptual difficulties
- Eye movement problems
- Visual disorders resulting from brain injury
As part of the therapeutic process, vision therapists turn to various tools, such as specialized lenses, prisms, patches, filters, balance boards, and digital simulations.