Did you know that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through the eyes? It’s true. Healthy eyes and good vision play a critical role in how children learn in the classroom, and in life. In fact, eye and vision problems in infants and young children can cause developmental and behavioural delays.
Tracking problems are often associated with reading disability. Slow reading, poor fluency with reading, reversals of letters or words, words running together, poor reading comprehension, poor visual attention, loss of concentration, and inability to complete assignments or tests in a time.
Tracking skills, or the ability to control the fine eye movements required to follow a line of print, are especially important in reading. Children with tracking problems will often lose their place, skip or transpose words, and have difficulty comprehending because of their difficulty moving their eyes accurately.
Our focusing system, which is also known as accommodation, allows us to see clearly, especially up close. Our eyes are designed for distance vision, so when we look at something up close, the natural lens in our eye has to change shape to redirect light rays on the retina for near objects.
Our eyes are designed to work as a team, but each eye functions independently. When we look at something, each eye ‘sees’ an image and the brain then puts the images together to make one picture. For this to work properly, both eyes must aim at the exact same point so that the brain can join or fuse the images together.
The first step is a comprehensive eye examination with Shannon at Outlook Eye Centre to assess your vision, your binocular vision system and your eye health. In some cases glasses will be prescribed so that you are able to see more clearly as well as providing you with comfortable vision. Alternatively or in addition to glasses, vision therapy or eye exercises are needed to develop the muscle coordination necessary for good binocular vision or to train visual perception and tracking skills. We have computerised vision programs available specially designed to help in these areas.
HTS is a Home Vision Therapy program designed to treat binocular vision disorders such as convergence problems (i.e. eye-teaming problems), accommodation problems (i.e. focusing difficulties), suppression (i.e. “lazy eye”) and eye-tracking difficulties. These problems can affect both performance (i.e. poor concentration, comprehension, stamina) and comfort (i.e. symptoms of eye-strain, headaches and blurry vision) with day-to-day visually demanding activities such as reading, writing, studying and computers.
PTSII is a home Vision Therapy program designed to treat visual perceptual difficulties that may be impacting on a student’s learning.
This is achieved by practising specific activities that engage the developmental skills that relate to processing of visual information so as to help students to be able to understand and remember what they see more easily.