Pediatrics/ Vision Therapy

Vision is integral to the learning process. In fact, experts say that over 80 percent of what a child learns in school is presented visually! Thus, making sure your child has good vision prior to entering school can make a big difference in their academic performance. Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see will often have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like.

Our doctors love working with the pediatric population, from toddlers to high schoolers, and they will ensure that your child is using his or her vision to their highest ability. They are experienced in the non surgical treatment of “lazy eye,” that may be missed by a routine vision screening. Therefore, it is extremely important to have your child’s eyes evaluated as early as possible.

The two types of “lazy eye” that our doctor can detect are:

Amblyopia:

This occurs when the eyes are misaligned or when one eye has a much different prescription than the other. The brain will “shut off” the image from the turned or blurry eye. If left untreated, amblyopia can stunt the visual development of the affected eye, resulting in permanent vision impairment. Amblyopia is often treated by patching the stronger eye for periods of time.

Strabismus:

trabismus is defined as crossed or turned eyes. Your eye doctor will check your eyes’ alignment to be sure that they are working together. Strabismus causes problems with depth perception and can lead to amblyopia.

Interesting facts about vision in children

1 out of 4 children has a vision problem that can interfere with learning and behavior

60% of students identified as problem learners have undetected vision problems

80% of everything children learn comes through their eyes

What is vision therapy?

Vision is more than just the ability to see clearly. It is the ability to understand and respond to what is seen. Basic visual skills include the ability to focus our eyes, use both eyes as a team, track objects and move across a written page. Vision therapy is an individualized, supervised treatment program that includes procedures designed to enhance: eye alignment, eye teaming, eye focusing, eye movements and visual processing. Our doctors can customize home vision therapy programs for children and adults with learning related vision problems, poor binocular coordination, and children with strabismus/amblyopia.

What is vision therapy?

Vision is more than just the ability to see clearly. It is the ability to understand and respond to what is seen. Basic visual skills include the ability to focus our eyes, use both eyes as a team, track objects and move across a written page. Vision therapy is an individualized, supervised treatment program that includes procedures designed to enhance: eye alignment, eye teaming, eye focusing, eye movements and visual processing. Our doctors can customize home vision therapy programs for children and adults with learning related vision problems, poor binocular coordination, and children with strabismus/amblyopia.