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The Doctor's Mailbag: Our Optometrists and Vision Therapists Take Your Questions!
Inside: Strokes and Warning Signs for Kids in Need of Vision Therapy

posted on October 15, 2016

It's the fourth edition of the Advanced Vision Therapy / Strasburg Family Eyecare Mailbag, and we have two great questions submitted to our mailbag that we'll be answering. This series is YOUR opportunity to ask Dr. Rob Lauver and the Advanced Vision Therapy team whatever is on your mind related to you or your child's eyes, brain, etc. To submit your questions for the next edition of the mailbag, follow the instructions on this blog post.

With that, here are the questions.

Q: How can vision therapy help stroke victims?

A: A stroke is a neurological event that causes temporary brain damage, therefore paralyzing or damaging neural connections. Neural connections are how the brain “works”. Vision is a series of neural connections. And when disturbed by a stroke, this causes vision problems. A recent study reported that up to 95% of stroke patients had a vision loss or dysfunction of the visual system, such as balance, comprehension, reading, dizziness or double vision. Vision Therapy works to re-connect those lost neural pathways to restore the visual system and all of its 17 skills. If physical or occupational therapies have been unsuccessful in treating the above mentioned symptoms, Vision Therapy might be the missing link to a better recovery.

2) What signs should I look for that my kids might be struggling with reading and might need vision therapy?

Reading requires two types of skills, mechanical such as: eye teaming (eye alignment), smooth and saccadic eye movements, fixation, and sustained focusing at near, as well as neurological skills such as visual memory, visual sequential memory and visual discrimination. If the mechanics aren’t developed properly, these symptoms can occur:
  • Poor Reading comprehension
  • Reading support that does not rectify the problem within a few months
  • Struggles with homework
  • Lack of focus
  • Reading below grade level
  • Headaches
  • Sore or watery eyes
The first recommendation is to have a comprehensive eye exam by a licensed Optometrist to rule out the need for glasses. If that does not rectify the symptoms, then your child may have a visual mechanical deficit that can only be diagnosed with a 17 point binocular vision exam by a licensed and followed Developmental Optometrist. Vision therapy repairs the mechanical dysfunctions, usually within 12-18 weeks of once a week in office vision therapy in conjunction with home-reinforcement activities.

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Advanced Vision Therapy is a practice located in Strasburg, PA, that is closely associated with Strasburg Family Eyecare. Accredited by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Advanced Vision Therapy has been a leader in vision therapy for over a decade and sees better results than nearly any practice in the area. Check out some of our success stories and contact us for more information.

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