Hi, I'm Dr. Moshe Roth. I'm a developmental optometrist. I practice in old bridge, New Jersey.
This is the second part of a series on what's the difference between occupational therapy and vision therapy.
There's an overlap between occupational therapy and vision therapy, but there are considerable differences as well.
Occupational therapists help people gain or regain the ability to perform various daily tasks through the use of sensory motor exercises and interventions, OTs aim to improve gross and fine motor coordination, balance, tactile awareness, bilateral awareness, and, and eye coordination, eye doctors that provide vision therapy and the vision therapist within their practice, help children and adults with not yet developed the visual skills needed to succeed in school, behavioral and developmental optometrists, help patients improve how the vision system works and strengthen the eye brain connection.
This then helps some visual problems that affect learning as schoolwork. It's often these vision problems that cause a child to struggle with for reading and that produces anxiety, children that procrastinate completing assignments, and then become frustrated.
The reasons for these problems are not always apparent to parents.
How does a vision deficit look in the real world?
A child may have 2020 eyesight, but that only means how somebody can see off at a distance at 20 feet. Yes, that's where the 20 of the 2020 comes from it. Doesn't tell us how somebody functions that near.
For example, when reading or computer use, that's so critical now with so much of the learning is computer based. It doesn't tell us how the two eyes work together as a team. It just measures how each eye sees individually.
A child may need to read a sentence several times in order to understand this week work, tilt their head to reread, to read the white board.
They may ultimately avoid doing activities that are usually visual, that are visually demanding for performance at school. And on the playing field can also be attributed to visual skills deficits.
So the question here is which therapy is right for your job, or we're going to answer that in our next.