Vision and Learning

Any deficiency in items listed above, in the graphic, can cause difficulties with learning, including reading and sustaining attention. For example, intermittent double vision can cause print to look smeary, or appear to move on the page.

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Symptoms of a vision-related learning problem:

  • Holding things very close
  • Complaints of blurriness
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Complaints of tired eyes
  • Able to read for only a short time
  • Headaches when reading
  • Moves head excessively when reading
  • Frequently loses place when reading
  • Uses finger to keep place
  • Short attention span
  • Mistakes words with similar beginnings
  • Trouble visualizing what is read
  • Poor speller
  • Difficulty with mathematical concepts
  • Poor recall of visually-presented material
  • Sloppy handwriting and drawing
  • Difficulty staying on the lines
  • Poor copying skills
  • Easier to respond orally than in writing
  • Difficulty learning right and left
  • Reverses letters and words
  • Difficulty with writing and remembering letters and numbers

Treatment of a vision-related learning problem:

  • A comprehensive vision-and-learning examination is needed to evaluate your child’s visual abilities, as demonstrated on the diagram, beyond a glasses prescription to obtain this “perfect 20/20” and eye health evaluation.
  • Glasses may be prescribed to help improve these visual abilities
  • Vision therapy may be recommended as well to treat your child with a developmental approach. Our therapy programs are individualized to meet each child’s specific needs.
  • Mid-therapy evaluations will ensure we are making progress, to meet the goats of the doctor and the patient.
  • Syntonics light therapy may be included with the vision therapy program as a treatment option.