Vision and Learning Disabilities

Eighty percent of everything a child learns is acquired through his or her visual system. According to the American Optometric Association, about sixteen percent of all children suffer from inadequate visual skills and up to ninety-four percent of children with reading problems have reduced visual skills.

If your child exhibits any of the following behaviors, he or she may be suffering from a imaginary problem with convergence and/or adequate visual function and/or visual perception. These visual problems can contribute to learning disabilities or, in some cases, can be mistaken or misdiagnosed as learning and memory disabilities.

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What is the treatment strategy when it is determined that a defect in visual function is present?

When indicated, a personalized and interactive vision therapy program can be administered under supervision. Each program is individualized to meet a child's specific visual needs. This type of therapy is short-term and goal-oriented.

For more information on vision therapy, browse the Web pages at:, and consult a licensed vision care professional listed in the Directory of Vision Care Providers.

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