Fulton Vision Development Center
20/20: Debunking the Myth
Seeing 20/20 equals perfect vision…or so we’ve been told. The fact of the matter is, the ability to see 20/20 (acuity), is only a measure of how much detail is able to be seen. It does not account for things like eye focusing, eye coordination, 3D vision, eye teaming, visual perceptual skills, or eye movements. Thus, seeing 20/20 does not guarantee perfect vision. Even most school screenings, though we are grateful the school offers them, miss about 75% of all visual problems simply because they only test visual acuity. This means that one in four kids have undetected visual problems that affect their ability to learn – issues that go beyond glasses for treatment. Signs that you or your child may have a vision problem include (but are not limited to) :
- Skips or rereads lines & words
- Poor reading comprehension
- Takes much longer doing homework than it should take
- Reverse letters like B’s into D’s when reading
- Short attention span with reading and schoolwork
- Voluntary avoidance of affected tasks
- Appear “lazy”
- Behavior problems & tantrums
- Low self-esteem
- Headaches & squinting when doing near work
Any one of these can indicate a visual disorders such as Convergence Insufficiency, Oculomotor Dysfunction, Amblyopia (lazy eye), Strabismus (eye turn), Dysnemkenesia (a developmental type of Dyslexia), or Binocular or Fusion Disorders.
Good news! There is help for these and other visual issues in Vision Therapy
The process of Vision is one of identifying, organizing, interpreting, and understanding what is being seen. The vision process integrates sensory and motor information that comes from the brain and it is always changing to derive meaning and direct movement. Vision involves 20 visual abilities that have been learned and developed since birth. Vision Therapy is a series of procedures that retrain the brain to improve visual skills, like eye movement control and eye coordination. The procedures are done in office under professional care and also done at home. In vision therapy, we use several different tools and exercises to help the brain and the eyes work together in unity. Some of these tools include prisms, colored lenses, Brock Strings and HTS computer games. Vision Therapy is used to treat the disorders listed above as well as anomalies of visual perception, traumatic brain injuries, and vision problems associated with developmental disabilities. Typically, Parents or teachers notice signs that a child may have a vision problem, however, Vision Therapy is not just for children. No matter how old, your vision can always be improved and strengthened. Even professional and college level athletes have been known to undergo vision therapy as “Sports Vision Training” to improve their visual skills take their athletic ability to new heights. That’s the incredible thing about the brain- it can be retrained, learn new techniques, and take in constant new information.
Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control:
Eye tracking and eye teaming
Eye focusing abilities
- Depth Perception
As previously stated, vision therapy can treat many visual disorders. Beyond that, it offers many other benefits, as well, such as:
-Advanced binocular skills
-Higher scholastic performance
-Improved accuracy in sports
-Less invasive, yet functional alternative to surgery for Strabismus
Additionally, the skills improved and acquired in Vision Therapy are lasting and lifelong improvements.
A bit about FVDC
Dr. Fulton knew early on in his career that he wanted to make pediatric vision a primary component of his practice. He feels so strongly about this that he offers free eye exams for children 0-18 months of age, in attempt to close one of the largest gaps in pediatric ocular health. He has successfully treated children with eye development issues and learning related vision problems, as well as straightened many eye turns (Strabismus) therapeutically, without the need for surgery. Few doctors test and treat kids with these disorders and there is currently a great need of this service in all of Oklahoma. Fulton Vision Development also provides testing for several types of Dyslexia.
To find out if you or your child may have a visual problem treatable by Vision Therapy, see our complete Vision Problems Checklist. To make an appointment, call us at (405)-224-3937 or fill out the form on the upper right of this page.