Who Needs Vision Therapy?

The Vision Help Network Philosophy

Vision is more than just the ability to see clearly. It is the ability to understand and respond to what is seen. Basic visual skills include the ability to focus our eyes, use both eyes as a team, track objects and move across a written page. More extensive perceptual skills include the ability to tell the difference between “b” and “d”, the ability to see the tree from the forest, and the ability to “picture” in our mind what we see, as in the task of spelling.

Vision develops over time. Motor control, emotions and cognition develop over time; the same is true for visual skills. There is an orderly unfolding of visual anatomy, physiology and the ability to perceive. Different visual skills are explored, acquired and refined at different age levels. Vision development does not cease at a given age, but continues throughout life.

Visual testing can be done at any age, and should begin as early as possible (by six months). With early detection and treatment, problems such as crossed eyes and nearsightedness can be controlled and prevented.

Proper development takes place where there is adequate and appropriate interaction with the environment. When the correct developmental framework is woven, vision truly becomes an individual’s dominant and leading sense.