Undetected by typical vision screenings, many educators and doctors are unaware Functional Vision problems even exist. Vision Therapy can help correct Functional Vision Problems by retraining your child’s visual system to work properly. To see if your child has a Functional Vision Problem and if Vision Therapy is an option, take our free online Vision Quiz.
According to the American Optometric Association, 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 - Visualization
It’s why many children who have 20/20 eyesight actually have a Functional Vision Problem! Children lacking in these critical visual skills will have problems reading, writing and may even have behavioral issues. They may experience symptoms such as headaches, sore eyes, and short-attention spans.
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 generally 1 hour a day. 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.
Every optometrist certified by the American Optometric Association undergoes training in vision therapy, but not all can diagnose and recommend treatment.
Dr. Kellye Knueppel leads our team of developmental optometrists and vision therapists. Internationally-renowned for her expertise in Vision Therapy, Dr. Knueppel has served as the President of the Wisconsin Optometric Association and been named Wisconsin Optometrist of the Year, among her other accolades.
The practice of Vision Therapy itself has been extensively researched, and numerous studies have demonstrated its efficacy. We are always happy to share these studies. We can also link you to hundreds of success stories - both from The Vision Therapy Center and around the globe.
Since 1995, people of all ages have turned to The Vision Therapy Center in Wisconsin for a solution. And by using vision therapy, we’ve delivered – improving the vision and the lives of over 6,000 patients.
To determine if your child has the symptoms of a Functional Vision Problem, and if Vision Therapy is an option: