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Vision Related Learning Deficits


In education, vision is the dominant sensory system, as 80% of learning is done through the visual system. Deficits within this system often decrease a student’s reading and learning abilities. Did you know, many treatable vision problems mimic ADHD and Dyslexia behaviors!


Even with 20/20 eyesight, several vision conditions can affect a child’s ability to read and learn. These vision conditions are not always obvious and often go undetected during school vision screenings.

The most common vision conditions that affect learning are:

These vision conditions often share the same symptoms used to diagnose ADHD. Since these behaviors are commonly linked with ADHD, many doctors may misdiagnose a patient with ADHD and exclude other crucial evaluations, like a Developmental Vision Evaluation. Depending on its severity, a vision-related learning problem can also be misidentified as Dyslexia, because there are overlapping symptoms between Dyslexia and vision-related learning problems as well. 

Students with a vision-related learning problem typically show signs of:

  • Eye discomfort

  • Motion sickness

  • Headaches

  • Double vision or blurriness while reading

  • Poor tracking

  • Visual confusion or visual fatigue

  • Head tilting

  • Struggles with following written instructions

  • Performance is not up to potential

  • Words moving around on the page

  • Clumsiness

  • Poor reading abilities

  • Poor attention and concentration

  • Poor handwriting skills

  • Skipping lines while reading

  • Closing/covering an eye while reading

  • Letter or number reversals

  • Slow at completing tasks


Research shows, home-based treatment models are significantly less effective than office-based vision therapy paired with home reinforcement.

At Vital Vision Therapy we provide innovative vision therapy that incorporates coordinated movement, balance, auditory processing, and cognitive skills. We address vision related learning problems with a personalized approach. Each session is one-on-one (therapist-to-patient), conducted under doctor supervision. We utilize the most advanced technology, including in-office and home supported virtual reality. This treatment model gives our patients the visual abilities they need to succeed in and outside of the classroom.

Our advanced vision therapy includes:

  • Visual processing development

  • Ocular-motor therapy (tracking, aiming, and fixation stability)

  • Accommodation “focusing” development

  • Binocular vision therapy

  • Visual imagery therapy

  • Visual-motor integration development

  • Visual-vestibular integration development


Our patients report improvements in:

  • Academic performance

  • Reading and handwriting

  • Visual memory

  • Work performance

  • Attention and concentration

  • Confidence

  • Sports

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