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Vision Dysfunctions

 

Experts estimate 80 percent of what we learn is acquired through vision.
When an adult or child sees 20/20, that does not always mean that the eyes are working together properly.

 

 

There are many types of vision dysfunctions. Some can cause reading, learning and behavioural problems. Some are visual impairments such as Amblyopia and Strabismus (eye turn) issues.

 

 

Vision Therapy is the preferred treatment for many of these dysfunctions:

 

 

Both children and adults can benefit from therapy for the treatment of visual aspects of learning disabilities, general binocular (two eyes) dysfunctions, Strabismus (an eye that turns), Amblyopia (reduced vision in one or both eyes), eyestrain from computer use, and for general visual enrichment.

 

 

Some of the signs and symptoms of having vision problems are listed below:

 

 

 

Frequent headaches

 

Eyes tire quickly when reading or doing homework

 

Head moves when reading across the page

 

A finger is needed to keep place while reading

 

Skips lines, words, or letters when reading

 

Closes or covers one eye for near work

 

Difficulty copying from the board

 

Complains of double vision

 

Rubs eyes when reading

 

Excessive blinking

 

Holds book close to face when reading

 

Reduced attention span, can only concentrate for a short amount of time

 

Covers one eye by leaning on a hand

 

Reverses words or letters (b for d or was for saw)

 

Must re-read material several times to understand what has been read

 

Avoids activities that include reading or close-up work

 

Is a year or more behind in reading skills

 

Avoids academics

 

Spends a long time doing homework that should only take a few minutes

 

Difficulty learning motor skills

 

Trouble with balance

 

Poor memory and/or visualization skills

 

   

 

If you would like to explore how Vision Therapy can help with any of the above issues make an appointment with Dr. Matyas for a Visual Perceptual or Visual Skills assessment.

 

 

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