Struggling in School or Work?

An exam from our licensed developmental optometrists may reveal you or your child have an undetected vision problem. 

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No matter who you are, functional vision problems affect what you do.  And no matter what age you are, optometric vision therapy can help! 

We've treated thousands of patients since 1994 for functional vision problems. 

Our developmental optometrists are members of the American Optometric Association and board-certified members of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. We are proud members of the following associations:

American Optometric  AssociationCollege of Optometrists in Vision DevelopmentWisconsin Optometric Association

Optometric Extension Program FoundationWisconsin Paraoptometric AssociationVision Leads FoundationCollege of Syntonic Optometry

 

Watch the videos below to see how we've helped people overcome vision problems!

Also check out our success stories from patients of all ages!

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

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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 and adults 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.

 

Children and Adults can be Treated with Vision Therapy!

The Vision Therapy Center provides optometric vision therapy to correct functional vision problems in children and adults. Optometric vision therapy is the use of lenses, prisms and eye exercises and activities prescribed by a developmental optometrist. The goal is to develop the visual skills so the visual system is working easily and efficiently.

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, 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.

 

Do You have Symptoms?
Take the Vision Quiz

To see if you or your child has a Functional Vision Problem and if Vision Therapy is an option, take our free online Vision Quiz. Developed by a team of optometrists, the Vision Quiz a score-based system that helps us determine if a Functional Vision Exam is needed.

Important things to know:
  • It's ok to skip a question if you don't know the answer.  
  • Some questions are based on how a child functions in the classroom - email your teacher the link to this page and ask him / her to take it based on how your child functions in the classroom.
  • The quiz applies to both adults and children.

A score of 20 or more, or the persistence of 1-2 symptoms indicates the need for testing. Click on the boxes next to the numbers.

0=Never / I don't know, 1=Seldom, 2=Occasionally, 3=Frequently, 4=Always

 

SYMPTOM SCORE
Headaches from near work 0 1 2 3 4
Double vision when reading 0 1 2 3 4
Burning, itchy, watery eyes 0 1 2 3 4
Skips/repeats lines when reading 0 1 2 3 4
Head tilt/closes one eye when reading 0 1 2 3 4
Difficulty copying from board 0 1 2 3 4
Avoids near work/reading 0 1 2 3 4
Omits small words when reading 0 1 2 3 4
Writes uphill or downhill 0 1 2 3 4
Misaligns digits/columns of numbers 0 1 2 3 4
Poor reading comprehension 0 1 2 3 4
Holds reading material too close 0 1 2 3 4
Trouble keeping attention on reading 0 1 2 3 4
Difficulty completing assignments on time 0 1 2 3 4
Always says "I can't" before trying 0 1 2 3 4
Clumsy, knocks things over 0 1 2 3 4
Does not use his/her time well 0 1 2 3 4
Loses belongings/things 0 1 2 3 4
Forgetful/poor memory 0 1 2 3 4

Only a Functional Vision Exam will Diagnose a Functional Vision Problem

It tests specifically for the Functional Vision problems typical screenings miss. To find out if this type of exam is needed, scroll up the page and take our Vision Quiz to see if you or your child has the symptoms of a Functional Vision problem. Or, click on the button below to schedule an exam.

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About the content on this website

The content on this website has been created by The Vision Therapy Center. It was written by professional writers and then reviewed and edited for medical accuracy by the Developmental Optometrists at The Vision Therapy Center.