Therapy and the Treatment of Reading Problems

Therapy and the Treatment of Reading Problems
Optometrist who specialize in vision therapy contend that vision therapy can be beneficial for some children suffering from reading problems and learning disabilities.  Critics concede that vision therapy may help correct certain binocular vision disorders, but they say no scientific evidence exists that proves vision therapy can correct the developmental and neurological conditions that cause man...
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Developmental Milestones In Your Baby’s Vision

Babies touch their hands together at 2 months.         Babies' eyes begin to move with less movement of the head ("doll's eyes" appearance begins to fade).         Babies inspect their surroundings.         Babies' eyes begin to follow moving objects and people.         When spoken to, babies watch the speaker's face and hold eye contact (at 3 to 4 months).         Both e...
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Common Myths About Vision In Children

Common Myths About Vision In Children
1.  Myth: Babies can see only black and white.Truth: Babies are born with an immature color vision system. They can see color at birth, although they cannot see the color blue. The key to helping babies develop good color vision is to give them things to look at that have high contrast (a big difference between colors). For example, a baby will more easily be able to tell that a light-yellow ...
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Common Eye Disorders In Children

Amblyopia, also known as "lazy eye," occurs in 2% to 3% of babies and, in the US, in 75,000 3-year-olds per year. In this condition, poor vision in one or both eyes may result in the eyes not pointing in the same direction (misalignment) or in the eyes becoming crossed (strabismus). Amblyopia may be inherited or caused by uncorrected refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatis...
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What Does My Baby See?

What Does My Baby See
As you can see in the above diagram, the visual system works like a camera. the lens: a crystalline lens that receives light through the clear cornea and helps focus light on the retina. film (or a digital recorder): the retina, located along the back curve of the eyeball, on which the lens focuses light from the object seen. a connector: the optic nerve, which carries recorded light and colo...
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Vision, Learning and Dyslexia

To clarify organized optometry's position on the use of vision therapy for the treatment of reading problems, the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association (AOA) released the following joint organizational policy statement in 1997: IntroductionA joint organizational policy statement of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Association.  ...
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How Strong Are the Visual Skills of Your Child?

How Strong Are the Visual Skills of Your Child?
If you suspect your child has a vision problem, your first step is to schedule a routine eye exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist.  Most youngsters who have vision problems simply have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism.  These refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, it's estimated that 20 percent of school-aged children have visua...
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Contact Lenses and Children

Contact Lenses and Children
The human eye can tolerate contact lens wear at a very early age.  In some cases, infants are fit with contact lenses to treat vision problems present at birth.   The main factors in determining when pre-teens and teenagers can begin wearing contact lenses are motivation and responsibility.  If your child is highly motivated to wear contact lenses and is responsible enough to care for them prope...
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