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Vision Therapy Center at New Baltimore Optometry

Located 2 miles east of the expressway on 23 Mile Rd
In the Spectrum Professional Building in New Baltimore, Michigan

Located 2 miles east of the expressway on 23 Mile Rd | In the Spectrum Professional Building in New Baltimore, Michigan

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The Solution For Children Who Struggle In School Begins By Knowing What To Ask The Eye Doctor

Sometimes eye doctors carry out their vision examination too quickly. With a packed waiting room, the optometrist naturally needs to attend to each patient within a limited time period. Unfortunately, the doctor may end up missing a couple of things during the “rushed” eye exam. Hence, to get a comprehensive report on a patient’s eye condition, it is essential that the optometrist take adequate time to carry out the eye exam.

A child who had difficulty reading and learning at school may have a vision issue. Such a child should undergo an in-depth eye health and vision evaluation. The eye exam should be targeted at various categories of vision development which can be connected with learning, reading, and writing problems. Thus, the optometrist should take about 15 minutes to conduct a standard eye examination especially when the pupils need to be dilated.

The Solution For Children Who Struggle In School Begins By Knowing What To Ask The Eye Doctor

The Solution For Children Who Struggle In School Begins By Knowing What To Ask The Eye Doctor

Sometimes eye doctors carry out their vision examination too quickly. With a packed waiting room, the optometrist naturally needs to attend to each patient within a limited time period. Unfortunately, the doctor may end up missing a couple of things during the “rushed” eye exam. Hence, to get a comprehensive report on a patient’s eye condition, it is essential that the optometrist take adequate time to carry out the eye exam.

A child who had difficulty reading and learning at school may have a vision issue. Such a child should undergo an in-depth eye health and vision evaluation. The eye exam should be targeted at various categories of vision development which can be connected with learning, reading, and writing problems. Thus, the optometrist should take about 15 minutes to conduct a standard eye examination especially when the pupils need to be dilated.

Performance Problems

Performance Problems

Performance Problems

  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Difficulty copying from one piece to another
  • Loss of place or repetition while reading
  • Poor posture when reading or writing
  • Poor handwriting
  • Can respond orally but cannot get the same information down on paper
  • Letter and word reversal
  • Difficulty judging sizes and shapes.
Signs and Symptoms of Learning-Related Vision Problems

Signs And Symptoms Of Learning-Related Vision Problems

Signs And Symptoms Of Learning-Related Vision Problems

  • Frequent headaches or eye strain
  • Blurring of distance or near vision, especially after reading or other close work
  • Avoidance of close work or other visually demanding tasks
  • Poor depth perception
  • Turning of an eye up or down, in or out
  • Tendency to cover or close an eye to favor the vision in the other eye
  • Dislike or avoidance of reading and close work.

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What Should The Eye Doctor Test For

What Should The Eye Doctor Test For?

For children who have vision related learning and/or reading problems, a comprehensive vision evaluation which involves refraction (testing for corrective lenses) is necessary. Additional testing of accommodation (eye focusing), binocular vision (eye teaming), visual processing abilities, as well as oculomotor skills (eye movement control) is also recommended.

These are vital tests which are then used to determine the basic visual condition that can affect a child’s studying, learning, and reading ability in school. Such tests require additional time for both the eye exam and subsequent diagnosis and treatment options.

Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, & Learning Disabilities


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Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, & Learning Disabilities

As the parent, guardian, or family member, once you have an idea of the actual cause of the eye issue, one is in a better position to take adequate precautions. The majority of vision-based reading and learning problems are often caused as a result of challenges in eye teaming, tracking, focusing, or visual processing. In a situation like this, the child will need developmental vision and rehabilitation/vision therapy. If done correctly, one can anticipate improvement in the learning and reading performance of the child.

However, children who struggle with reading and learning in school, have ADHD or an Individualized Education Program (IEP), should also have an in-depth vision evaluation. Here, the optometrist should assess the core elements of the developmental vision.

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How To Be A Proactive Parent

As a proactive parent whose child faces potential reading or learning issues, it’s critical to ask questions. In response, the eye doctor will take a more in-depth look into the child’s history and carry out comprehensive testing.

The optometrist may also refer your child to a Developmental and Rehabilitation Optometrist. The developmental optometrist is trained to evaluate the effects of visual irregularities on the performance and behavior of children. Therefore, the optometrist will carry out the necessary diagnostic evaluations and offer professional vision therapy treatment if required.

When you ask questions, the optometrist will evaluate your child’s “eye teaming,” “eye tracking,” “eye focusing,” and “visual processing” abilities as stated by the AOA. Being a proactive parent means that you understand that your child needs proper testing and adequate treatment, which may include vision therapy. Undoubtedly, such a bold move will positively change the direction of your child’s academic career.

For more information about our vision therapy procedures, contact us today at . Our qualified developmental optometrist, Joseph Lawless, O.D., is available to speak with you and discuss your options.

Meet Our Vision Therapy Specialist
Meet Our Vision Therapy Specialist
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Carolina

Front Desk Administrator
Carolina is the Front Desk Administrator.  Carolina came to the practice with exceptional people skills.  She taught Catechism for 6 years at St. Isadore’s Church. She is the one who schedules your appointment with efficiency and caring.  Carolina loves the freedom of contact lenses but also loves the new eyeglass...
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Krystal

Optician
Krystal is our optician.  With her keen eye for the current fashion trends, she has the skills and insight to find the perfect frame to fit your personality and lifestyle.  Krystal thoroughly enjoys seeing patients leaving happy and excited with their new eyewear. Krystal is the expert when it comes...
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Diane

Optometric Assistant
Diane is the Optometric Assistant.  She has been with our practice for 6 years and has become skilled in many areas of patient care, including pre-testing, contact lens instruction, and care, as well as assisting with billing and scheduling.  Diane has been an eyeglass wearer since childhood. She lives in...
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Jamie

Administrator of Vision Improvement Program
Jamie is the Administrator and Vision Therapist-In-Charge for the Vision Improvement Program. She began working as a Vision Therapist in 2000. She attended Wayne State University and Macomb Community College, where she studied Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Psychology, and graduated with honors. During her career as a Vision Therapist,...
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Anne

Office Manager
Anne is the Practice Manager as well as the Finance Administrator. She has been with New Baltimore Optometry for 15 years. Anne keeps the office running smoothly with the help of a fabulous team! Her extensive personal experience with contact lenses and eyeglasses gives her a more complete understanding of...
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Joseph J. Lawless, O.D.

Joseph J. Lawless, O.D. graduated with honors from Ferris State College of Optometry. He did his undergraduate studies at Central Michigan University where he was a biology major and a psychology minor. Since graduation, Dr. Lawless has completed extensive post- graduate training in the fields of visual processing and vision therapy....
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