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Do you find reading this way difficult?  Frustrating?  Did you want to quit?  Statistically, 20% of school-aged children fight to keep from seeing print this way. These children can't control their eye movements at close ranges, and as a result they fight double vision every day, especially with reading. Still others struggle with print that blurs or jumps around. Is it any surprise these children are not doing well in school? 

If your child is struggling to read or finding it difficult to remain on task, the cause may be an undetected vision problem, even if your child's eyesight is 20/20 and he's passed the school's vision screening or a routine eye exam.  The goal of this website is to educate parents and teachers about frequently overlooked vision problems in the hopes of helping those children who struggle unnecessarily because of undiagnosed vision disorders.  In fact, many of these children are often suspected of having learning disabilities, dyslexia, or attention deficits when the real culprit is their vision.  We invite you to explore the information presented in this site under "Vision and Learning" to learn more.  

Early detection can save years of struggling.  If your child has been labeled ADD, learning disabled, dyslexic, unmotivated or even "lazy," please follow the "Vision and Learning" links to learn more!  This may be the single most important thing you do for your child this year!

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Children with lazy eyes (ambly- opia) and crossed or wandering eyes (strabismus) face a dif- ferent set of problems.  Because they only learned to use one eye at a time, they have little depth perception, and balance and coordination can also suffer.  If the eye turn is great enough, then there is also the cosmetic issue.  Children with obvious crossed or wandering eyes have to deal with the self-consciousness arising from questions, stares, and teasing from their peers. 

Traditional medical-based treatment has often centered around surgery that will improve the child's appearance but does little to improve the eye's vision.  There is a better way--treatment by an developmental optometrist that will straighten the eye as well as restore it to normal vision.  We invite you to follow the "Strabismus and Amblyopia" links to learn more.

 

Information Included on our Site

Vision and Learning
  
-Learning to See:  How vision develops, & what to know if there's a problem
   -Symptoms Checklist:  Is your child at risk for vision-based learning problems?
   -Beyond 20/20:  School-aged children need visual skills besides 20/20 vision
   -Vision & Reading: The visual skills children need to read and learn
   -Vision & Dyslexia:  Untreated vision problems can look like dyslexia
   -Vision & ADD/ADHD:  Children with vision problems are often misdiagnosed.
Strabismus & Amblyopia
   -Crossed and Wandering Eyes:  Normal two-eyes vision without surgery
   -Lazy Eye (amblyopia): Teaching the eye to see normally. 
Vision Therapy
   - Vision Therapy: Treatment for vision problems that glasses can't correct
   -Photos of Therapy:  Pictures of patients doing therapy to improve vision
   -Developmental Optometrists:  Specialists in children's vision care
   -Bifocals for Children:  Stress-relieving lenses to help children cope
   -Therapy for Adults:  Adult concerns with uncorrected vision problems
   -Success Stories: Stories of patients whose lives have improved with therapy
Additional Resources
   -Find a Doctor Near You:  Find a specialist in your area.
   -VT in the News: Newspaper and online stories highlighting vision therappy
   -Effectiveness of VT:  American Optometric Assn supports the benefits of VT  
   -Research Bibliography:  Research, studies, and professional articles
   -Other Information:  Updates and instructional videos on vision-related issues.
   -Just for Fun!:  Fun exercises to sharpen your visual skills!
   -Links:  Links to other good sites about vision therapy
About Us--Sponsors of the Children's Vision Information Network
    -Wichita Vision Development Center:  Wichita, KS Vision Therapy clinic
    -Child & Family Optometry:  Wichita, KS family eye care
    -Free Vision Screenings:  Free vision screenings for at-risk Kansas children
    -Contact Us:  Need more information?  Please contact our clinic!

 

The Children's Vision Information Network was created to raise public awareness about potential vision problems in children.  This site is not intended as a substitute for a complete eye exam and professional advice from your family optometrist.  Parents, teachers, occupational therapists, psychologists, and related professionals have permission to copy and distribute information contained in the site for educational purposes only with the condition that each page is copied in its entirety with the URL included (www.ChildrensVision.com).  All publishing rights are reserved. Direct specific inquiries to Mary Barton, Director of Vision Therapy, at (316) 722-3740 or email VTDirector@ChildrensVision.com.