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Uncovering the Root of Vision Issues: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know

Faith Daniel, Vision Therapist

As an upcoming Registered Nurse and a current Vision Therapist, I’ve been able to intertwine these two practices together. I chose to become a Vision Therapist to expose myself to an area of health that unknowingly impacts our daily lives: vision. By learning the practice of Vision Therapy and its significant contributions to healing patients, I am able to take a step back when assessing patients and dig deeper into what the true cause of various health issues is. This approach helps ensure that patients are treated holistically, instead of merely focusing on the symptoms themselves.

Treating symptoms such as headaches isn’t always as simple as taking Tylenol; healthcare professionals must be willing to approach the patient as a whole and find the links between body systems. Vision is associated with and controls a significant portion of our daily lives, such as our motor patterns, movements, how we learn and our comprehension of information and the environment that surrounds us. If vision disorders are never uncovered and properly treated, how can one ever truly reach optimal health? Through my clinical experiences as a nursing student, I’ve encountered and worked with patients who’ve struggled with various illnesses, limitations and co-morbidities. I’ve realized time and time again that reaching optimal health is achieved through a holistic approach; the body is a whole structure and must be treated as such.

There are many symptoms patients present with that are actually linked to vision disorders. Symptoms often associated with vision disorders include headaches, diplopia (double vision), dizziness, clumsiness, restlessness, inability to focus, and more. Misdiagnoses often occur because the visual system and vision care are not considered when patients present with these symptoms at a healthcare facility. Students who struggle to focus in school or display a strong disliking to reading are often misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD or dyslexia. However, the symptoms of these disorders are closely aligned with a vision disorder that can actually be treated with vision therapy. During Vision Therapy, the optometrist and vision therapist work as a team to treat the underlying cause of the patient’s discomfort and symptoms. We then work with the patient to treat these vision disorders through various vision therapy activities, whether the patient is suffering from amblyopia (more commonly known as “lazy eye”), convergence insufficiency (the inability to coordinate both eyes to look at a near object) or other common vision disorders. We treat the patient as a whole at the Center for Vision Development and have a Waco and Austin eye care center. As specialists in pediatric eye care, vision therapy, and vision rehabilitation, we assess a myriad of vision disorders at our Vision Care Austin and Waco clinic. Email us for more information at or call us at (512) 329-8900.