Discovering Vision Therapy Blog

Kids Who Won’t Wear Their Glasses Are Telling Us Something

Kids who won’t wear their glasses reject them for a variety of reasons. One in particular may come as a surprise to parents and teachers: The glasses are not the optimal prescription.

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Topics: Functional Vision

What Opternative Eye Exams Are Missing

Online vision tests from companies like Opternative are not accurate for diagnosing typical eye health problems. But they also fail to detect functional vision problems, which can impact a person’s ability to learn and work. Let’s look at the proper alternative to companies like Opternative.

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Topics: Functional Vision

The Key to Overcoming Your Functional Vision Problem

When it comes to any health problem, it's the symptoms that facilitate resolution. Symptoms are like a road map, steering us toward effective solutions. Sometimes these symptoms are quite clear – they tell us with no uncertainty what is ailing. Other times our symptoms can be far more ambiguous. With functional vision problems, this kind of ambiguity is common -- its symptoms are routinely misinterpreted, leading to misdiagnosis.

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Topics: Functional Vision, Double Vision, The Vision Therapy Center, Directionality, Dr. Kellye Knueppel, Functional Vision Problems, Developmental Optometrist, Visual Skills, Symptoms of Functional Vision Problems, Vision and Learning

Seeing the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games Differently

This summer, 6,500 athletes from 165 countries came together in Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. As part of a team of five invited international volunteers, Dr. Kellye Knueppel worked aside hundreds of local optometrists and optometry students, performing over 2,000 vision assessments over the course of seven days.

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Topics: Special Olympics, Functional Vision, Vision Therapy, Opening Eyes Program, The Vision Therapy Center, Developmental Optometrist, Dr. Kellye Knueppel, Functional Vision Problems

What’s Really Causing Your Child’s Reading Problem?

As parents, we want the best for our children. We want them to be safe, successful and happy. But for the parent of a child with an undiagnosed functional vision problem, these goals can be frustratingly elusive.

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Topics: Functional Vision, Vision Therapy, Functional Vision Problems, The Vision Therapy Center, Developmental Optometrist, Dr. Kellye Knueppel

Why Every Child Needs a Functional Vision Test Before Summer Ends

Many parents schedule their child’s summer functional vision exam at the beginning of summer. But if time got away from you, we strongly recommend scheduling one before the new school year begins.

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Topics: Functional Vision, Learning-Related Vision Problems, Functional Vision Test

Does Fear Drive Parents Choice for Strabismus Treatment?

The eyes are one of the most noticeable features, so when a child has strabismus, it’s quickly detected by parents. The appearance is concerning, naturally, but parents should also be aware of how strabismus can influence visual development and disrupt basic visual skills.

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Topics: Functional Vision, Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)

Summer Break Not Always an Escape for Struggling Students

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Topics: Functional Vision, Functional Vision Problems, Learning-Related Vision Problems

Seven Types of Functional Vision Problems and Their Symptoms


We’ve posted many times about functional vision problems, but it occurred to us that we haven’t put together a definitive post of the main problems and their symptoms.  Let’s take an in-depth look, and also explain why they’re not detected by typical vision screenings.

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Topics: Functional Vision, Functional Vision Problems, Convergence Insufficiency, Visual System

Why a Summer Eye Exam is so Critical for a Struggling Student

Summer is just around the corner (or at least that’s the rumor here in Wisconsin).  If you have a child who is a struggling student, the break from school will be welcome – but it shouldn’t be squandered. Use the summer months to schedule a Functional Vision Test.  It just might reveal why your child is struggling in school.

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Topics: Functional Vision, Functional Vision Test, Learning-Related Vision Problems