You might be familiar with physical or occupation therapies, which are often prescribed to address an injury or developmental/physical delay. Vision Therapy has often been described as “Physical Therapy for the eyes”. While that is not a fully accurate description of what we do here at the Vision Therapy Center of Charlotte, it is perhaps the simplest analogy.
At the Vision Therapy Center of Charlotte, we evaluate each child for the specific skills and abilities needed for reading, writing and learning. These tests are performed in an effort to better understand how children derive meaning from what they are seeing during the learning years.
Children with learning-related vision problems.
Children who may have 20/20 eyesight may not have the necessary vision skills to perform adequately with school related tasks. Having 20/20 eyesight does not mean your child has developed the necessary vision skills to be successful in school.
Vision is there every step of the way when you learn and process information. If vision does not develop efficiently, even a bright child can have difficulties with reading, writing, spelling and math.
75-90% of classroom learning comes through the visual system. Poor visual skills can affect a child’s performance.
It has been estimated that 1 out of 4 children in the U.S. have learning problems. 25% of ALL children have a vision problem significant enough to affect their performance in school. According to research on just learning disabled populations, the number of kids with significant learning related vision problems soared closer to 85% in their studies. 75% of those identified as learning disabled have their biggest deficit in reading. Out of those children who are reading disabled, 80% of them have difficulties with one or more basic visual skills. Fortunately, these visual deficits can be treated successfully.
We can help those who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, copying, writing, and learning. Research has shown Vision Therapy is effective for treating children with eye movement & eye focusing issues; eye teaming difficulties; eye teaming endurance and visual attention as well as enhancing the development of eye-hand coordination; visual memory & picturing skills.
Children with Eye Teaming & Eye Focusing problems often have difficulty copying from a board or book, or when during homework as they shift their eyes from one place to the other. This can make homework take longer than it should. See our checklist for more symptoms to help identify if your child has an undiagnosed vision problem.