How our eyes function is crucial in our ability to learn at any age. So, if there are problems with our visual function, this impedes our ability to learn. Examples of visual function issues include eye turns, lazy eyes, problems with reading, problems focusing on reading material, and much more. Often these problems with the visual system can limit a student's ability to learn in the classroom. Vision therapy is a form of treatment to help children and adults who struggle with how their vision functions.
If you or your child struggles with any of the items below, vision therapy would be something that you would want to consider. For more information call any of our four locations in Washington, Williamsburg, Tiffin or Fairfield.
In vision therapy we use the acronym CATSPP to describe the following:
- Convergence: both eyes pointing at the same target
- Accommodation: that target is clear on the retina in both eyes
- Tracking: we can smoothly move our eyes together to the next target
- Stereo: we can sense small difference between the eyes to make our word 3-dimensional
- Peripheral: we can sense where our eyes need to move next
- Perception: we can turn the symbols into words, and the words into stories on the page
So, what happens when there is a problem in one section of the CATSPP?
- The entire process is slowed down before it even reaches the visual cortex.
- Now the child's wasted so much energy getting the information to the visual cortex, the process of comprehension is too much.
Goal of Vision Therapy
- Correct or fine tune the CATSPP process so that the child is not limited in their learning process by their eyes.
- Prevent the visual system from being the limiting factor in a child's development!