Introducing the clinic and our services
No correlation between Sight and Dyslexia
A new UK study (Bristol & Newcastle) has been in the news. The lead author, Cathy Williams, is quoted as saying 'the majority of dyslexic children have entirely normal vision on the tests we used'. This is no surprise to us here at The Vision Therapy Clinic.
Although we continue to test for rare conditions that affect reading and especially writing skills, the main thrust of our work is enhancing visual processing skills. Even without dyslexia, about 15% of children find it extremely hard to recognise a whole word causing them to have to analyse what they see. They have to look at every letter within the word while sharing attention on the sounds that those letters might produce. "Average vision is not good enough for the nine year old with reading difficulties!"
Dyslexia is also extremely demanding on concentration. We therefore need to assess the effects of this concentration upon awareness and memory. "Average vision is not good enough for the teenage student with Dyslexia".
Owen Leigh has been enhancing students' visual processing skills for the past 30 years. He will continue to treat visual processing difficulties in all students who struggle to meet the increasing demands of the classroom (whether or not they have Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder or no diagnosed condition).
Insight to Eyesight
The brain uses the eyes to gather information about our surroundings. The brain cannot process all our view so it must first decide what to look for. The eyes-brain system then has to select that information, usually by shifting eye position and often by shifting focus. Just how the eyes-brain go through this process is the real test of visual efficiency.
Here at Owen Leigh Optometry, we specialise in helping patients of all ages to develop flexibility in their vision to meet all their needs and interests. We start this by observing and measuring your eye-brain system with a wide range of visual challenges.
Eye health and eyesight are important but this must not be the end point of developing good vision. We want to take you much further than that, to explore ways that you can see more, feel more, move better, plan better and understand quicker.
We use 'visual efficiency glasses', vision exercises (vision therapy) and 'learning lenses' to help you develop your own vision. We add dietary advice, consider coloured lenses and refer to other disciplines if that will help you meet your goals.
What we see is dependant upon what we are looking for and what we managed to see last time.
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