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A Functional Vision Problem Can’t Be Detected by Typical Vision Screening

1 in 4 children has an undetected vision problem that affects their ability to learn. They’re “undetected” because typical school vision screenings only screen for acuity, or seeing clearly. They don’t test such skills as eye teaming, tracking, focusing and visualization.

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How does Vision Therapy work? Using optical devices, patients engage in activities that help the visual system correctly process the visual information that the brain receives from the eyes. A person will practice these activities at home for approximately 20 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week. These activities at home are combined with weekly office visits, and a typical program lasts 6-9 months. After that, the functional vision problem should be corrected.

When functional vision problems resolve, the child experiences improvements in speed of reading, hand-eye coordination, reading comprehension and many other skills led by the visual system.