Students of all ages can struggle with focusing and learning problems that can impede their academic success. What many don’t know is that an estimated 80% of students with learning difficulties actually have an undiagnosed visual problem that could be contributing to their academic challenges. Additionally, 80% of a child’s learning in school is vision-based, so a problem with visual skills could negatively affect academic performance. A personalized vision therapy program with Dr. Roth at Family Eye Care in Old Bridge can help your child gain the visual skills they need to succeed.
How Can I Tell If My Child Has a Vision Problem?
Your child may display any number of the following symptoms or behaviors due to a vision problem:
- Frequent head tilting
- Headaches, dizziness, or eye strain
- Poor depth perception
- Tendency to close one eye
- Double or blurred vision
- Avoidance of visually demanding tasks
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Poor reading comprehension
- Easily loses place or skips lines while reading
- Difficulty judging an object’s size or shape
- Difficulty focusing for extended periods of time
- Behavioral issues
It’s important to note that the only way to accurately determine whether your child has a visual problem is to bring them in for a Functional Vision Evaluation where we will assess your child’s eye health and various visual skills. This is different than a routine eye examination that looks for eye health and eyeglass issues. If a visual problem is detected, we may recommend Vision Therapy to treat the issue and restore healthy vision.
How Can Vision Therapy Improve Learning?
Vision Therapy is a personalized series of in-office sessions done weekly, to strengthen the eye-brain connection and ensure that both eyes work in unison to create a unified and clear image of their surroundings.
Vision therapy helps the individual to 1- bring in visual information 2- process that information so they can make better sense of it so they can then have 3- better output. Vision Therapy has little to do with eye “strength” or visual acuity (distance vision). Rather, it focuses on building and refining other visual skills, such as eye teaming and tracking — skills necessary for efficient reading and learning.
The Vision Therapist uses various tools to aid in the therapeutic process, such as prisms, filters, balance boards, therapeutic lenses, and more. At the end of each session, the patient and parent is instructed on the home Activities to reinforce what has been learned, in order to make it automatic and second nature. Progress is closely monitored to ensure there is an improvement.
Vision occurs in the brain rather than in the eye. Strengthening the eye-brain connection facilitates scholastic tasks such as reading. Concentrating and memory improve and your child can allocate more resources to the higher levels of brain activity. Less effort is needed to read and remember what has been read. Helping make this easier then boosts your child’s confidence and self-esteem. Vision Therapy has the potential to transform a struggling student into a thriving one.
Jump Start Your Child’s Academic Year
The summer months are the optimal time to begin Vision Therapy sessions in order to prepare for the upcoming school year. Especially in these COVID-19 times, when most of a child’s learning may be on a computer, it’s the perfect time to determine if your child’s struggles are classroom-based or vision-based. Call Family Eye Care in Old Bridge, 1-732-679-2020 today to schedule your child’s examination whit Dr. Roth or Dr. Tiomno and start them on the path to success.
We, at Family Eye Care in Old Bridge, provide Vision Therapy and other services to patients from Matawan, Marlboro, Monroe, Manalapan, Aberdeen, East Brunswick, South Amboy, South River, Old Bridge and throughout NJ.