Any deficiency in the items listed in this graphic can cause difficulties with learning, including reading and sustaining attention. For example, intermittent double vision can cause print to look smeary, or like it’s moving on the page. This is very distracting and uncomfortable!
Symptoms of a vision-related learning problem
There are many potential symptoms, depending on the area of challenge in eye-brain processing. These symptoms include:
Holds things very close
Complains of blurred vision
Poor reading comprehension
Says eyes are tired
Able to read for only a short time
Has headaches when reading
Moves head excessively when reading
Frequently loses place when reading
Uses finger to keep place
Short attention span
Can’t distinguish the main idea from insignificant details
Mistakes words with similar beginnings
Trouble visualizing what is read
Trouble with mathematical concepts
Poor recall of visually-presented material
Sloppy handwriting and drawing
Can’t stay on lines
Poor copying skills
Can respond orally but not in writing
Trouble learning right and left
Reverses letters and words
Trouble writing and remembering letters and numbers
Trouble learning basic math concepts of size, magnitude and position
Difficulty recognizing letters, words or simple shapes and forms
Treatment of a vision-related learning problem
A comprehensive vision-and-learning examination is needed to evaluate the patient’s visual abilities, beyond a glasses prescription and eye health evaluation. A Visual Information Processing evaluation will evaluate the patient’s visual processing abilities. This will give a full picture of the patient’s ability to use their eyes, brain and body together.
Glasses may be prescribed to help a patient sustain near focus. Additional therapy or nutritional treatments may be recommended, depending on the patient’s needs.
Vision therapy will treat the patient with a developmental approach: working on the patient’s visual function from the ground up. Our therapy is individualized to meet each patient’s specific needs, because each patient’s brain is different!
Mid-therapy evaluations will ensure we are making progress, to meet the goals of the doctor and the patient.