Our daughters’ eyesight seems to have a mind of it’s own. Unfortunately, as she is growing, so are her eyes. They are getting longer and as a result, her prescription is increasing. Since we are patching her stronger eye full time and doing a TON of hand-eye coordination activities with her, I felt like we have hit a road block. What else can we do???
Here are some additional options, which all seem to have the generic term “Vision Therapy,” and are options to consider and talk over with your child’s primary Ophthalmologist. Please remember, my credentials are that of a parent who wants the best for your child and these are the “therapy” choices that are available to us. If you have found out more choices, or have more information, please feel free to add on. This is just a brief post on what I have learned in the past couple weeks.
- Occupational Therapy (OT); When I asked our Pediatric Ophthalmologist what else we can do , she said that maybe it is time to try occupational therapy and referred us to one that has training and is familiar with the needs of children with vision issues. OT is luckily covered by our insurance and ends up to be around $15 per session. We just completed our initial evaluation last week.
- Home Visits from an early intervention specialist We were connected to our home visitation specialist by calling our local public school systems early learning division. This service is free as it is connected with the public school system. Qualifying sight and vision issues vary for each city and program. Most will accept only moderate or severe vision in BOTH eyes. We are only qualifying to receive “temporary services” I am considering attending the trainings this year in our neighboring city for these organizations.
- Vision Therapy with a trained Optometrist. This is some thing that our OT suggested we look into. I believe it is a “therapy session” where the kids are give computer programs that progress in difficulty in an intense 30 minute session. This is NOT covered by insurances and can get expensive. Some Optometrists require the children to come each week, others are more flexible. This is the website of one closest to us. http://www.visionsource-brighteyes.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=site.services we still have not talked to the Pediatric Ophthalmologist about it. I won’t rule it out, but we have not committed to it yet. I am still researching it more.
For adapting learning at home, we have also found a great website for materials and activities www.aph.org American Printing House for the Blind. Here is their online catalog http://shop.aph.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Home_10001_11051