Vision and Learning
By Mardeen Tait - (UFS) CAS(SA)
VISION AND LEARNING
The visual system is more than just the eyes, it is an integration of the entire body. Vision is the ability to visualize, understand and apply the information that comes through the eyes. Children with 20/20 sight may not have these abilities. Therefore, learning problems are often related to vision problems.
Key benefits to visual training includes
Training the visual skills necessary for our daily demands.
Enhancing reading and learning potential.
Improve the ability in our visual system to sustain the function.
Create a stable, reliable information gathering system.
What is Visual therapy/stimulation?
Visual therapy/stimulation is often defined as physical exercise for your eyes and brain. It is a sequence of activities individually prescribed and monitored to develop efficient visual skills and processing. The vision therapy/stimulation program is based on the results of standardized tests. Effective therapy/stimulation requires visual skills to be developed until they are integrated with other systems and become automatic, enabling individuals to achieve their full potential. The goals of a prescribed vision therapy/stimulation treatment regimen are to achieve desired visual outcomes, alleviate the signs and symptoms, meet the patient's needs, and improve the patient's quality of life.
Vision therapy (VT) is a subspecialty of optometry that strives to improve, enhance and/or develop visual performance through a prescribed treatment program that is designed to literally build new neural patterns. Patients learn to use their visual abilities in new or more efficient ways by participating in various vision exercises that utilize the use of lenses, prisms, filters, patches and other materials and equipment