But Corey's real problem is not a lack of ability. He, and thousands like him, do not lack ability; he lacks VISION. Oh, he may have perfect eye- sight, but his VISION is impaired. Understanding the difference is critical. If you have a "Corey" in your family, call us at 210-333-7777. We'll explain the difference to you.
20/20 EYESIGHT IS NOT 20/20 VISION
EYESIGHT is merely the basic ability to see; vision is the ability to identify, normal on standard eye charts, yet visual skills may be seriously impaired. Therefore, normal eyesight may not necessarily produce normal vision, because human vision is a complex system of several learned skills which must work together to function properly. To diagnose and treat these problems requires the expertise of skilled professionals. Our VIP (Vision Improvement Program) is an intensive way to strengthen learned visual skills. We train the eyes to function properly within the entire learning system as intended.
CAN A CHILD RECOGNIZE VISION-RELATED PROBLEMS?
Young children know only what they see, not what they are supposed to see. Naturally, they think everyone else perceives the world as they do. For a child like Corey, this is disastrous. He is doing so poorly in school that his parents are at a loss as to what to do. They have examined all ordinary physical and emotional reasons for his behavior because he seems like such a bright, energetic kid at home. But what Corey really needs is a behavioral optometrist. This trained professional would discover that Corey experiences severe eye strain when doing close work for any length of time. Corey thinks he feels discomfort because reading and writing are painful chores, and he wonders how his classmates can sit for long periods and say they actually enjoy schoolwork. He's beginning to think he's stupid and, of course, he hates school. Routine vision tests perfomed by school personnel or by most eye care professionals measure eyesight. They do not include the kinds of testing that can find visually-related learning problems like Corey's. It's pretty difficult to learn when reading and writing are uncomfortable. So, kids like Corey avoid any kind of close work. It's safe to predict that at age nine, this bright, eager child is a potential drop-out.