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Copy of Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorders describes a large range of mild to moderate to severe disorders. Each requires a unique approach to serve that child’s needs.

Signs Of Autism

Signs of the disorder typically appear in early childhood, and range from an inability to communicate, difficulty in socialization, visual stims, etc. Some individuals have:

  • delayed learning of language;
  • difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation;
  • difficulty with reasoning and planning;
  • narrow, intense interests;
  • poor motor skills and sensory sensitivities.

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report that stated that 1 in every 68 children born are affected by the spectrum of disorders.

New Jersey is the autism capital and this number is even greater. This has been a two-fold increase over those same figures (1 in 125 children) in 2004.

Children identified on the autism spectrum have diverse needs including specialized vision care.

Autism affects how children and adults process and respond to sensory information. It is therefore important to evaluate exactly what visual sensory information is being taken in by the individual.

Recent studies indicate that the incidence of near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and/or astigmatism, may be more common in those with autism.

This also appears true for strabismus (cross-eye) and amblyopia (lazy eye). These problems can be treated, corrected, and sometimes even prevented, depending on when they are diagnosed.

Dr. Roth is Board Certified in Vision Development and Therapy has years of experience with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

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Autism and Vision Therapy

Vision problems are very common in individuals with autism. People with Autism often use visual information inefficiently.

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Q & A: About Autism and Vision

People with autism have difficulty processing and responding to information from their senses.

Mental Health and Your Vision

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA.

Did you know that your vision can affect your mental health? 

How Does Vision Affect Mental Health?

Certain eye diseases and visual problems can lead to emotional problems like anxiety and depression.

This is particularly common in cases of severe vision loss. Patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy, for example, can experience mild to acute vision loss. This can daily activities such as driving, running errands, watching TV, using a computer, or cooking, a difficult and painful experience. When this happens, it can cause a loss of independence, potentially leaving the person mentally and emotionally devastated.

Like most surgical procedures, LASIK corrective surgery is permanent and irreversible. Although it has very high success rates, LASIK has been considered the cause of depression and mental health issues.

Vision problems caused by difficulty in using the 2 eyes together as a team can bring on double vision, blurred vision and difficulty reading.  This can occur in children who are learning how to read, children that are having school related problems in elementary, middle school, or high school.  It can occur in adults who had visual skills, but lost that skill due to an accident, concussion, or other reason that caused them to “decompensate”.  Decompensate means that someone was able to function before, but something “triggered” them to lose that skill.  

Kids’ Vision and Mental Health

Increased screen time among school-age children and teens has been shown to reduce emotional stability and cause repeated distractions and difficulty completing tasks, while also increasing the likelihood of developing nearsightedness.

Kids with visual problems often experience difficulty in school. If they can’t use their eyes together when reading or have difficulty tracking across a page, that causes stress and feelings of inadequacy.  That can then cause self-esteem issues and thoughts that they are not as smart as the others in their class.  That can then lead to social issues and difficulty getting along with peers or family members .

Coping with Vision Problems

One of the most important ways to cope with visual problems is awareness. Simply paying attention to the signs and symptoms — whether the patient is an adult or a child — is a crucial first step. 

Behavioral changes in behavior, such as acting out in class or at home can be a red flag that there is a vision problem at the root of school based issues.  At times, that is mis-diagnosed as ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, or other Learning problems.  It can bring on loss of appetite, persistent exhaustion, or decreased interest in favorite activities.

Fortunately, many common vision problems are treatable. Double vision, Hyperopia (farsightedness), Myopia (nearsightedness), Amblyopia (lazy eye), and post-concussion vision difficulties can be treated, and the underlying problem solved.  At times, therapeutic lenses, vision therapy, or special prism glasses can provide the answer to these problems.  The specialized services we provide can be the answer you are looking for and can make a significant impact in quality of life for both the individual AND for the entire family, because the problem that affects one individual impacts the whole family. 

How You Can Help

 

 

 

Children and adults can benefit from vision correction like glasses, contact lenses, or other specialized lenses.  Vision Therapy may be the answer to helping someone develop vision skills for schoolwork.  Children on the autism spectrum can then become more available to learning and to their teachers.  Vision Therapy is a customized program to help improve visual function an mental processing.

 

During this Mental Health Awareness Month and can give loved ones hope for a healthy and high quality of life.

 

Success Stories – Brain Injury

We are proud to share the success stories of our vision therapy patients.

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JB - Neuro Rehab after Brain Injury - 22

KB was having difficulty seeing, reading, and taking tests at school after being in a car accident. She also suffered from severe and frequent headaches. Her physical therapists didn't know how they could help her, and it was discovered that her right eye wasn't tracking properly. After completing a course of Vision Therapy, her headaches are less frequent and severe, she can read much better, and feel like she is ready to go to college.

KB was having difficulty seeing, reading, and taking tests at college after being in a car accident.

After being in a car accident, CV had headaches, blurry vision, tripped going up stairs, read more slowly, and had messy writing. After therapy, CV was almost back to normal prior to the accident.

Vision Therapy helped CV recover from vision problems after her car accident

WG - Neuro Rehab after Brain Injury - Adult - upon completing the program

WG - Neuro Rehab after Brain Injury - Adult - upon completing the program

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AN describes Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation after brain injury due to car crash

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PT Adult with Mal De Dembarquement Syndrome

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CW Brain Injury after being thrown from a horse

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Four “Must See Videos” Before You Complete the Functional Vision Evaluation

1. What is Vision Therapy?

2. How Does Vision Therapy work?

3. There's More to Good Vision than 20/20

4. What is the Cost of Vision Therapy?

We welcome you to view some of our Patient Success Videos as well.
Click here to see Patient Success Videos

We look forward to helping you.