Since 80% of the material presented in the school classrooms is presented for intake thru vision, if there are subtle visual problems this can be a major factor in achieving. We find that once these subtle visual problems are corrected the students often make dramatic improvements in their academic performance.
Any drifting tendency of the eyes inward, outward or vertically is a visual problem even if it occurs only intermittently. These problems significantly impact the individual's ability to judge depth as well as take in visual information efficiently and without visual stress.
The individual's ability to efficiently and comfortably maintain a clear focus during sustained close work as well as being able to easily change focus as in looking from reading distance to chalkboard distance is very important. In vision therapy we work on improving the individual's focusing abilities.
These pertain to the individual's ability to get meaning from what is seen and use that information effectively. An example of problems in this area would be left/ right reversals, misreading words etc.
Since vision is a learned skill, sometimes there are problems which occur even before the child is born or shortly after birth. These problems in the early years impede their normal visual development. In vision therapy we attempt to identify these developmental visual lags and set up a program to remedy these problem areas.
Often physical problems have associated visual problems. Examples of this would be in Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism and many other physical disabilities. In vision therapy we attempt to improve the visual skills to as high a level as possible given the physical limitations of their general health.