The College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) estimates that 1 in 4 school-age children has a learning-related vision issue. There are three main areas, or pillars, that can impact how a child learns:
- eye-tracking, or how their eyes move when they read
- eye-teaming, or how well their eyes work together
- eye-focusing, or how easily they can make or keep things clear when reading or looking from the board to their paper, and back.
Problems in one or more of these areas can cause problems such as headaches with reading, loss of place when reading, skipping small words, reading words backwards, and even double vision.
In addition to these issues, some children, and even adults, may have a lazy eye, crossed eyes, or wandering eyes. These vision issues may also be treated with vision therapy, in place of or working with eye muscle surgery.
It’s not just children than can suffer from the problems above; adults, especially those of us who use the computer for long hours during the day may have some of the same vision problems. Glasses alone may not be the answer for you, or your child, if this is the case.
Another group of people that vision therapy can help are those that have had a stroke, a head injury in a car accident, or some other type of brain injury. Patients that have had injuries to the brain or head can suffer from double vision, eye fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and other issues.
For any patient with a vision issue listed above, be it a child who is struggling with reading or school work, or someone injured in a car accident, vision therapy works to retrain the brain and help the brain and eyes work together. Vision therapy is a prescribed program of activities and exercises done under the supervision of a trained therapist and optometrist.
To obtain more information about vision therapy, visit the COVD website, www.covd.org.