Vision therapy is the strengthening of basic visual skills to improve vision problems. It is akin to physical therapy for the eyes. It is also known as visual training, vision training or visual therapy. It is non-surgical and involves the use of an array of visual exercises to retrain eye muscles and help the muscles to correctly process visual information.
Signs that vision therapy might be needed for your child include squinting, tilting the head, eye rubbing, sitting too close to the TV, pointing with a finger while reading, tearing eyes, losing one’s place while reading, covering of an eye while focusing on an object, poor handwriting, short attention span, clumsiness, incessant blinking, eyes aiming in different directions and complaints of double vision/nausea/dizziness. If you believe your learner might benefit from visual training, speak with his/her pediatrician and school personnel about vision therapy options.
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Keep in mind that vision therapy is controversial. Many believe that vision therapy has helped their child with reading problems while others claim that it has been of no help at all. Vision therapy is expensive and some vision therapists prescribe years of weekly therapy for those experiencing reading difficulty. Insurance generally does not cover vision therapy and schools are not likely to pay for it as part of a child’s special education program. Careful research is recommended for those who are considering vision therapy as part of a prescription for resolving a child’s problems in reading.