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How Vision Affects Learning

Does this sound like someone you know?
“When my son was in second grade, it became clear that he was struggling to read. Despite the fact that he was curious, loved to learn and seemed truly interested in reading, he appeared to be in need of special education. So he ended up in a special reading room. Unfortunately, after several months, his reading skills did not improve.” …
“Perhaps he had a learning-related vision problem? He did! After four months of vision therapy, my son was able to drop the special reading help, join his peers in the main classroom and move forward with his studies.”

We see this all too often. Kids just get a label at school, but nothing to actually treat the conditions that are causing the problem.

Read more in this article from a special education resource teacher in Minnesota, on how most school screenings only check distance sight (with the letter chart). Even if a kid has 20/20 distance acuity, doesn’t mean he/she has all the vision skills which are needed to read.

Link to Article: When Vision Affects Learning

Find out whether it’s just a vision problem getting in the way, because those can be treated! Call (905) 666-4848 for more information about booking a Visual Skills Assessment

More Vision Therapy Training!

Dr Lee and your wonderful vision therapists were out of the office for two jam-packed days of lectures at COVD Canada! It was such a treat for Dr. Lee and Genevieve to learn about Vision and Learning from 2 amazing past presidents of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Dr Lynn Hellerstein (author of the award-winning See It, Say It, Do It book) and Dr Nancy Torgerson (2015 Washington Physician of the Year).
At the same time, Britt got extensive training in acquired brain injuries and concussion from Dr Curt Baxstrom (Vice President of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association). We love learning and staying on the cutting-edge of best practices that will help our patients!

Teachers Notice Vision Problems

In this video, 4 school teachers experience some common vision conditions which can affect a person’s ability to read and learn. Many of these conditions go undetected during school vision screenings; therefore, it’s important to remember that even if you do not need glasses – this does not mean perfect vision. If your child struggles in school, or you are struggling to do visual activities after a concussion, you may need a Visual Skills Assessment. We can treat these binocular vision dysfunctions with vision therapy.

Learn more at our Vision Therapy Info Night with Dr. Claudia Lee on September 28 at 6:30pm! The event will take place at Brooklin Vision Care (6 Roebuck St.)
Please contact Steph at (289) 240-6610 or reception@brooklinvision.ca to register for a spot.

Vision Therapy Info Night

Want to learn more about vision therapy? Vision therapy is a treatment for problems in the visual system, including:
– Lazy Eye
– Crossed Eyes
– Post Concussion Vision Problems
– Poor Focusing
– Learning-Related Vision Problems

We will be having a public info session on September 28 at 6:30pm at our Brooklin Vision Care (6 Roebuck St). Open to new patients, parents, teachers, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, and more – everyone is welcome!

Please contact Steph at (289) 240-6610 or reception@brooklinvision.ca to register for a spot.

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Vision Therapy Helped His Blurry Vision

Feel Good Friday! M graduated from VT in the fall, but we just saw him back in the office recently for his regular eye exam, and he’s happy and doing well 🙂
 
M is a 15 year old boy whose doctor referred him to Dr. Lee because his vision was constantly blurry. He had trouble seeing in the distance, and also up close. He had trouble switching from his phone to the laptop and from looking at his desk up at the chalkboard. He had a lot of difficulty copying from the board. When he read, he had to hold things very close to his face (10cm). He had seen other doctors in the past, but they all told him that he didn’t need glasses, and nothing was wrong. Luckily, his latest optometrist realized there was an issue, and sent him for vision therapy.
M was diagnosed with severe Convergence Insufficiency, and Accommodative Dysfunction. He was given glasses to help his eyes focus, which helped at first, and he also started vision therapy to help improve his visual skills. After about 6 months of office therapy, along with diligent home practice, M no longer needed the glasses! He no longer complained of blurriness and double vision. He used to see the words moving around on the page when reading, but now he could read comfortably, and look from his laptop to the chalkboard and back to his desk easily. His referring optometrist even said that he seemed to be like a new person – at the first visit, M was very moody and disinterested, but this year, he was very pleasant and cooperative. We are so happy that vision therapy helped solve the problems he’d been suffering for so long! 🙂

Vision Therapy Helped Her Stop Seeing Double

Last year, we had so many vision therapy graduates! This year, we want to get back into the habit of highlighting their hard work and accomplishments! 🙂
M was in grade 3 when she was referred to our office due to blurry vision, and seeing double when reading. She had noticed it getting worse over the last 6 months. She was performing on grade level for school, but didn’t like reading because it made her tired, and she found it easier to close one eye when reading. She was diagnosed with Convergence Insufficiency and Accommodative Insufficiency, which means her eyes had difficulty working together to point at the same target up close, and they had trouble focusing her eyes to see clearly at near. Imagine how hard she must’ve had to work in order to do her schoolwork!
She completed 14 sessions of vision therapy, and she no longer experienced double vision or blurriness when reading. She had also gotten a pair of reading glasses, which helped at first, but she doesn’t need to wear them anymore. Her parents noticed her reading a lot more on her own, and without complaining. She now can enjoy reading more 🙂 She worked hard to achieve her goals in vision therapy, and now schoolwork will not be so difficult! Congratulations M!!

Friday Success Story

Letters in particular gave Laurian quite a challenge as she frequently wrote them backwards. A comprehensive vision exam revealed that Laurian was a good candidate for vision therapy to improve her visual tracking skills. This would help her keep better track of where her pencil was going and to better understand the shapes of letters and words.

At age 5, Laurian started writing lots of letters backwards. She needed help with her visual tracking skills and vision therapy was just the thing! Click here to read about her story