Vision and Visual Therapy

 

Many areas of the brain are involved in supporting and sustaining the sense of sight and the “visual brain” is enormously complex, which means that there is a lot of potential for problems. These can often be helped with spectacles and/or visual therapy.

Common symptoms which can be associated with vision problems:

 

Near Vision Tasks

 

·      Skips or has to reread lines when reading.

·      Words move around or merge together on the page.

·      Blurred vision when reading, writing or doing near tasks. 

·      Has to read “with a finger”.

·      Leaves out small words when reading.

·      Closes or covers one eye to read or write.

·      Tilts head when reading or writing.

·      Holds head when reading or writing.

·      Holds book abnormally close.

·      Constantly adjusts distance from book.

·      Problems copying from the board.

·      Writes uphill or downhill and difficulty keeping handwriting on the line.

·      Difficulty lining up numbers properly.

·      Headaches, particularly with close work.

·      Loss of concentration after reading for a relatively short time.

·      Fatigue when reading or writing.

·      Eyes burn, sting or water when concentrating.

·      Vision feels blurred towards the end of the day.

·      Dizziness or nausea when doing near tasks.

·      Double vision.

 

General Behaviour

 

·      Poor eye-hand coordination.

·      Avoids reading or near vision tasks.

·      Clumsy, awkward.

·      Often trips or stumbles.

·      Avoids sports and is not good at catching balls.

·      Difficulty in judging distances.

·      Short attention span and is easily distracted.

·      Poor time management.

·      Forgetfulness

·      Car/motion sickness


Visual therapy involves regular in-office appointments and daily exercises which help to