Vision therapy, you may need it if……

Vision therapy is a process in which we retrain the eyes and brain to work better together to more easily and efficiently capture visual information, processes it and have a good motor output. When over two thirds of the sensory information coming into the brain is processed through the visual system, it is imperative that all of the functions work as easily, as comfortably, and automatically as possible. Then, we can use more brain power for higher level interpretation of what we are seeing and learning.

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When eye tracking, eye teaming, eye focusing, visual information processing and visual motor integration are not working properly, these are some of the common problems that are noticed in the school setting and these are some of the signs that your child may need vision therapy:

  • Does your child seem to struggle with school work more than his peers?
  • Does a simple homework sheet seem to take hour and hours causing a “homework war” in the evening?
  • Does your child avoid reading? Or get headaches, double or blurry vision when doing near work?
  • Is your child not performing as well on reading and writing tasks as she does if she is read to?
  • Most importantly, is your child not performing to their potential in school or sports?
  • Having attention or behavioral problems in the classroom?

What about for us adults? Vision therapy is not just for kids.  With the use of computers and tablets and smartphones, adults can experience a multitude of visual problems that affect fatigue levels and performance at work that Vision Therapy can help eliminate.

  • Do you experience headaches after working on the computer?
  • Do you ever see double vision?
  • Does your vision get blurry on and off?
  • Do you ever have blurry vision driving home at night after working on the computer all day?
  • Do you find that you skip words or numbers while reading documents, spreadsheets, etc?

With any of these symptoms, a complete eye health and developmental vision evaluation can diagnose the specific problem, determine if vision is the cause and if vision therapy can help. At your next eye examination, let your COA optometrist know if you or your child are experiencing any of the above symptoms and ask if vision therapy will help. For more information on vision therapy and the signs and symptoms of vision related problems, visit


Lisa M. Weiss, OD, FCOVD
California Optometric Association

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