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Vision and Learning

  • Over 80% of learning is visual
  • Visual dysfunction affects 1 in 4 children in school and 3 in 4 of children with reading disabilities
  • Vision is a learned skill like walking and talking and can be trained

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How the brain and eyes work together – vision – has a great impact on the learning process for both children and adults. Imagine sitting in a classroom taking notes and fighting a focusing problem that won’t allow you to change your focus from near to far and back again quickly enough to keep up with the instructor.

Double vision often appears or gets worse as the day goes on. Many people block the vision in one eye to avoid seeing double. And as the day progresses and your visual system is stressed your paragraph begins to look like this:

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Imagine reading a paragraph and having the letters or words appear to
move and jump2 as you are trying to comprehend what you are reading.

In any of these cases, the person having the vision problem more than likely sees 20/20 either with or without corrective lenses. Most school screenings check for visual acuity alone and do not screen for visual skills including tracking, focusing, eye teaming or perceptual skills. Many children and adults do not realize that their struggles in the classroom and/or workplace are in no way linked to intelligence or how hard they are trying, instead they are not able to visually process the information put before them.

Not knowing the cause of classroom, and later adult life skills problems, can have a detrimental effect on self-esteem and behavior. Many children who are labeled as classroom problems, can grow into troubled teens that will eventual struggle as adults if their visual problems are not diagnosed and treated. 1 out of 4 children and 7 out of 10 juvenile delinquents have a vision disorder that is interfering with their ability to achieve.

With proper diagnosis and treatment, reading levels improve significantly, comprehension increases, and even sports performance can improve. It is important to watch for visual disorder symptoms in both children and
adult.

What is Neuro-Visual Rehabilitation?

Eyeglasses and contact lenses compensate for vision problems, while eye surgery alters the anatomy of the eye or surrounding muscles. Vision therapy aims to retrain the neuro-visual system.

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Some visual conditions cannot be treated adequately with glasses, contact lenses, surgery or patching. Many binocular vision diagnoses and/or visual processing problems are best resolved through a program of Neuro-visual rehabilitation.

Neuro-Visual Rehab Therapy (also called behavioral or developmental optometry, functional vision, orthoptics, vision or visual training, eye training, vision therapy or VT) is the part of optometric care devoted to developing, improving and enhancing neuro-visual performance for children and adults.

Neuro-Visual Rehabilitation Therapy is “physical therapy” for the eyes AND brain. A quality neuro-visual rehab program is tailored to the patient’s needs and involves a series of planned procedures to build vision skills through practice and finally embedding into the system.

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It may treat many common visual problems such as:

  • Lazy eye
  • Crossing eye
  • Double vision
  • Convergence insufficiency / excess
  • Reading and learning disabilities
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Stokes
  • Vision changes due to stress or illness

Neuro-Visual Rehabilitation is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct underdeveloped neuro-muscular ocular vision skills and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Neuro-visual rehab sessions deliver procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control:

  • Eye alignment
  • Eye focusing
  • Eye teaming
  • Eye tracking
  • Visual processing

Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through a progressive series of activities to develop binocular control and the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient’s newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.

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Since each individual’s needs are unique, a great deal of planning time and evaluation are dedicated to each patient’s program of care. Each program of Neuro-visual rehab is delivered one-on-one with an experienced vision therapist and performed under a doctor’s supervision and evaluation. Our neuro-visual rehab practice devotes a large amount of space, equipment and continuing education to deliver a full scope of treatment. Our goal is to help you achieve clear, comfortable binocular vision.

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