The fast pace of our society for adults at work and children in school requires that we have fully developed our capacity to understand that which we see. Children should develop the ability to create, maintain, and utilize mental pictorial images throughout childhood, but this does not always happen. Gaps in development can occur, at which time children often choose alternative, less efficient methods of learning. A child can have perfect eyesight but be unable to match patterns, recall letters or words, or visualize the main ideas or details of a story. If a child is struggling in reading, writing, spelling, or math, it is possible that his/her vision is not fully developed. Whenever a parent or a teacher believes that a child is unable to perform to the level that they expect, a vision development evaluation should be considered. Such an examination determines whether or not a child is able to use vision for learning.

There are also times when an individual has developed vision capacities for learning, but are unable to use them. This can happen when the demand on one’s eyes becomes greater than the capacity of the eyes to handle the load, and usually occurs during those grades that are most different from the year before (1st grade, 3rd grade, 6th grade, and after 10th grade). For any individual this can happen during any year, and most often (but not always) symptoms of blurring, double vision, or slowness to complete tasks is reported.

Treatment for vision-related learning disorders may include basic vision therapy and/or developmental vision therapy, and provides the opportunity for the child to use all (rather than some) of his/her visuo-cognitive capacity in the pursuit of academic achievement.

Ellicott City Total Eye Care serves Ellicott City, Columbia, Laurel, Elkridge, Eldersburg, Baltimore, Catonsville, Randallstown, Olney, Maple Lawn, Dayton and surrounding communities. Call 410-730-8878 to schedule an appointment.