Over Thirty Years of Vision Therapy Success
The vision therapy department has been an established part of EYEcenter for over thirty years. We receive referrals from many professionals, including optometrists, physicians, psychologists, educators and rehabilitation specialists for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions in the following areas: eye muscle weaknesses including tracking, eye alignment and focusing; visual information processing; and vision-related learning issues.
Common symptoms of these types of disorders:
- Smart in everything but school
- Frequently loses place or skips words when reading
- Squinting, eye rubbing or excessive blinking
- Headaches, dizziness or nausea after reading
- Short attention span
- Fatigue, frustration or stress doing schoolwork
- Labeled dyslexic/ADD/behavioral problem
- Poor reading comprehension or fluency
- Difficulty copying from the board
- Double vision/images go “in and out” of focus
Vision & Learning
There is controversy in the exact relationship of vision to learning. For example there is a negative correlation between distance refractive error in reading ability. Myopic or nearsighted children who cannot see clearly at a distance without the glasses are more commonly good readers. Chinese and Jewish children have an exceptionally high incidence of nearsightedness and tend to read a lot. Children who spend tremendous amounts of time reading become nearsighted. People who live on submarines for long periods of time become nearsighted. Before Alaska became a state myopia was rare. After becoming a state, more than 50 percent of the children in Alaska developed near-slightness. Thus, correlation is such whereby nearsightedness or poor distance vision is highly correlated with success in reading. Restated another way, poor distance vision is associated with better reading abilities. Farsighted children statistically are poorer readers than myopic children.
▷ What is the Relationship Between Eye Muscle Problems and Learning?
▷ My Child Loses His/Her Place, Is That Related to the Eyes?
▷ My Child Reverses Letters and Words, Does He See Backwards?
▷ What Are The Other Visual Components Necessary for Academic Achievement?
▷ Is There More That I Should Know About Vision and Learning?
Vision and Learning problems are handled by Dr. Randy Fuerst, Dr. Matt Earhart, and Dr. Brenda Coen. For further information you should schedule a visit with one of these three doctors.
If you have any questions, please call Judy or Shirlene (our vision therapists) at (916) 726-1818 for more information or to set up an appointment. Our staff can help assist you with any questions you may have on Vision Therapy.
For even further information about vision therapy, please visit the American Optometric Association’s official website on Vision Therapy.
Additionally, the following websites can provide you with a wealth of information on the subject:
- American Optometric Association’s Official Website on Vision and Learning
- American Optometric Association’s Article on Vision: a Collaboration of the Eyes and the Brain
- College of Optometrists in Vision Development’s Official Website – A foremost authority on visual learning, behavior, therapy, rehabilitation
VT Forms & Brochures
Below are EYEcenter produced reading materials on Vision Therapy along with patient intake forms to print out and bring to your exam.
For more information about Vision Therapy or any of our eye care services, contact your closest Eyecenter Optometric office, located in Citrus Heights, Gold River, Rocklin, and Folsom CA.