Vision Therapy in Trumbull
Could Your Child Benefit with Vision Therapy?
What Is Vision Therapy?
20/20 vision is but ONE of over 17 important visual skills required to function efficiently to perform well in school or sports.
Children with reduced vision skills may work harder than their peers, yet be unable to achieve the results they seek. Their poor vision skills may also cause them to struggle to concentrate throughout the day.
Vision therapy is an evidence-based program to effectively strengthen the specific vision skills impacting your child and has been clinically proven to increase reading levels, enhance comprehension, maintain longer attention spans and even improve sports performance.
See a difference in your child’s school performance!
If your child has been diagnosed with a reading or learning difficulty or just not reaching their potential at school, or on the sports field, schedule an appointment with our team of eye doctors in Trumbull for a functional eye exam. Over 17 visual skills will be assessed, including eye tracking, reading fluency, focusing and depth perception.
Don’t let your child suffer in silence.
Vision therapy might just be the solution you have been seeking. Talk to us! We’ll help your child maximize their visual skills and resolve any underlying visual problems impacting your child.
How To Know If Your Child Needs Vision Therapy
If your child has any of the following, vision therapy can significantly change his or her life for the better.
- Skipping words or lines while reading
- Still not reading at grade level
- Confusing the letters b, d, p and q
- Rubbing eyes or closing one eye when reading or doing near work
- Holding books too closely or tilting head when reading
- Eyestrain or headaches with schoolwork or computer use
- Difficulty with reading comprehension
- Blurred or double vision when reading
- Avoiding homework
- Poor attention span
- Fidgeting and squirming in the chair
Help Your Child Reach Their Potential With Vision Therapy
At EyeCare Associates we use a holistic approach to vision care. In addition to the usual eye exam, we also test the entire visual system (functional vision exam) to check that it has the developmental maturity, strength, and stamina to function optimally throughout the visual tasks performed on a daily basis.
Once we identify any vulnerable areas within the visual system that could interfere with reading and learning, we develop an effective vision therapy regimen made of individually-tailored eye exercises made to improve visual functions and retrain the brain to interpret visual input more accurately.
Contact EyeCare Associates in Trumbull today for a functional eye exam, or visit us with your concerns regarding your child’s vision, and we’ll be sure to find the best way to treat his or her visual problems.
The boy in the video below is so excited about his new eyeglasses that he looks all around the office. The lenses in the glasses have a unique prescription provided by one of our developmental optometrists to help him enjoy looking around. Once the glasses are removed, you can watch how he suddenly becomes unable to run around freely.
With Yoke Prism Glasses
Without Yoke Prism Glasses
Effective vision comes down to the way the brain and eyes interact. Whether reading words on the board, catching a ball, or tying our shoelaces, we rely on our visual system to work properly in order to succeed in these and other tasks.
Someone can pass all vision screening exams and excel in reading the charts on the wall, but still struggle with poor hand-eye coordination, reading problems, diminished focus, strabismus, convergence insufficiency, and amblyopia —all of which can be effectively addressed through vision therapy.
What Parents Are Saying About Us
At the beginning of our Vision Therapy journey, I can say I was skeptical. How can Vision Therapy change things like anxious behavior, confidence, and school performance? Little did I know, just six months of Vision Therapy would change my daughter's life!
At just seven years old, my daughter came to me with a secret. When she tried to read, the words walked off the page making it very difficult to concentrate and understand what she was reading. Up until that point, I thought my daughter just had generalized anxiety as I had noticed anxious behaviors in the home, and my daughter's teacher noticed it in the classroom. We started seeing a psychologist with the hope of working on coping skills. I also decided to take my daughter to an occupational therapist just to make sure sensory processing issues weren't interfering. The occupational therapy evaluation appointment changed everything.
The occupational therapist evaluating my daughter recognized visual motor issues right away. It was suggested I took my daughter to a Behavioral Optometrist. I hesitated. My daughter was seeing an Optometrist. I didn't know what a Behavioral Optometrist could do for us.
In January 2017, we had our very first appointment with Dr. Randy Schulman. Dr. Schulman's evaluation was very long and thorough more so than any eye doctor appointment I every had. At the end, Dr. Schulman explained to us our daughter had the visual system of a pre schooler. She lacked depth perception, the ability to focus at points near and far, and the ability to track making her visually impaired. My daughter struggled in every area you could struggle in. Dr. Schulman suggested 6-9 months of Vision Therapy.
After a short discussion, my husband and I decided to start Vision Therapy right away. Weekly, we met a therapist and spent time working on activities to stimulate the brain eye connection hoping eventually my daughter would be able to see the world like I could. My daughter and I also did 15 minutes of home therapy five days a week.
Within a month, we noticed a level of confidence never seen before. Prior to Vision Therapy, my daughter rarely smiled, said hello to people, or held her head up high. Now my daughter was laughing, interacting with peers who weren't in her tight circle of friends, and had this new sass that everyone was happy to see! We also noticed an overall decrease in the anxious behaviors we were seeing at home and in the classroom.
May 2017 my daughter participated in her dance recital. In years prior, I had noticed my daughter rarely looked out at the audience, she was always looking to her left and right which I now know was her trying to judge how far she was to the dancers next to her. Prior to Vision Therapy she has no spacial awareness. This year, my daughter danced the entire time with a smile on her face and even danced with a cane!
By the end of the 2017 school year, my daughter had made so much progress in reading. In the beginning of the school year, we had opted not to have her participate in extra reading help as she was noticeable frustrated reading. I am confident her growth in reading from January to June was due to Vision Therapy.
My daughter graduated Vision Therapy in August of this year. We are still committed to home exercises and regular checkups with Dr. Schulman. I highly encourage any parent who has a child struggling with anxiety around school, reading or math difficulties, or attention difficulties to see a Behavioral Optometrist. Dr. Schulman and her team forever changed not only my daughter's educational path but also changed her my daughter's ability to actively participate in activities with her peers.
Thank you, Dr. Schulman, for changing yet another life.
Vision Therapy May Be What Your Child Always Needed | FAQ
Improve your child’s confidence levels with vision therapy!
Vision therapy is a non-surgical treatment program that is typically compared to physical therapy, but for the eyes and brain. Vision therapy uses exercises, lenses, specific instruments, and occlusions to enhance visual function.
All vision therapy programs are customized and can result in significant lasting improvements within a relatively short period of time. To learn more, contact us today and discover how we can help your child improve their performances both in school and on the sports field.
Isn't 20/20 Vision Enough?
If a child has been told that they have ‘20/20 sight’, it means that they can clearly see the letters on the chart 20 feet away. The child may excel in reading the letters on the vision charts on the wall, yet lack the necessary visual skills needed for reading, writing, and learning — all of which can adversely impact their performance in school and in sports.
Keep in mind that school screenings, and even some regular eye exams, generally evaluate sight (visual acuity) only and most do not assess the essential vision skills required for sports, extensive computer use, reading and learning. Furthermore, it is common to not need glasses and still have poor visual skills. Therefore, a functional vision exam will determine whether a child has poor visual skills, and if so, a tailor-made vision therapy program will be put in place to help the patient succeed and reach their potential.
What Are Some Major Benefits of Vision Therapy?
Developing visual skills can lead children to become better learners and students. In fact, vision therapy can be a key component in preparing a child for higher education, as increased success can lead to a rise in self esteem and greater confidence in one's abilities. This newfound confidence will inevitably trickle into other areas, positively impacting the youngster's quality of life and achievements.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Results depend on the child's active participation and compliance with the program. Over time, the more one trains their brain, the easier and more automated the exercises will become. Gains can be experienced from as little as a few weeks to six months.