Vision Therapy References

“Parent’s Satisfaction with Vision Therapy.”  Journal of Behavioral Optometry, vol. 6, 1995.

100 parents randomly selected
82% saw an improvement in reading
57%improvement in self esteem
49% improvement in handwriting
45% improvement in ability to concentrate and pay attention in school

iPad Apps for Vision Therapy

References for Visualization – Sports

  • Bandler, R.  Using your Brain for a Change.  Real People Press;1985
  • Farnsworth, C.  See It & Sink It.  Harper Collins Publishers; 199
  • Lampert, L.  The Pro’s Edge.  Saturn Press
  • Porter, K.  Visual Athletics
  • Sandella, D.  Releasing the Inner Magician.; 2002

References for Learning Related Topics

  • Clark, F & C. Hassle-Free Homework. Doubleday;1989
  • Eide, B & F. The Mislabeled child. Hyperion. 2006. Individual DVDs or
    the set of 3 webinars on “Attention, Sensory Processing & The Social
    Chiallenges of gifred Children” can be purchased at:
  • Furth, H &Wachs, H. Thinking Goes to School. Oxford University Press
    Silverman, L. The Visual-Spatial Identifier- Upside Down Brilliance;
  • Vitale, B. Unicorns are Real. Jalmar Press; 1982.

Helpful Links – Vision and Learning

Binocular Vision Impairments

  • Lazy Eye, Crossed-Eyes, Double Vision, Strabismus, etc.
    An expert on strabismus covers the most frequently asked questions about eye turns and so much more! This is probably the most comprehensive web site on the subject on the entire internet.
  • What is lazy eye?
    Lazy eye is not the same as strabismus (a crossed eye or an eye turn). Read this very easy-to-understand explanation.
  • Children’s Vision
    A large web site with many pages of easy-to-understand information on lazy eye, crossed-eyes, strabismus, developmental delays, eye muscle surgery, dyslexia, binocular vision impairments, and much more.
  • Eye Muscle Surgery
    Answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding eye muscle surgery as a treatment for lazy eye, crossed eyes, etc. This type of surgery is frequently done, but often does not give satisfactory results.

3D Stereo Vision

  • 3D Vision (Binocular Vision)
    How does it work? Why do we need it?
  • Eye Doctors and 3D Vision
    Eye doctors use stereoscopic 3D images to develop and reinforce 3D vision.
  • The Stereo Vision Project
    What is stereo vision? What is a binocular (two-eyed) vision impairment?
    Learn to see in 3D! Visit the 3D Art Gallery and view Magic Eye stereograms, stereo photographs, optical illusions, and much more.

General Resources

  • What is a Complete Eye Exam?
    It is not enough to test the clarity of eyesight at a distance of 20 feet (known as 20/20). A complete visual evaluation tests many aspects of vision.
  • What is Vision Therapy?
    Various definitions of Vision Therapy by American Optometric Association, eye doctors, and patient advocates.
  • National Directory of Eye Doctors
    Find an eye doctor in another state. This directory provides free referrals to eye doctors who offer specialized services, such as vision therapy, neuro-optometric rehabilitation, therapeutic lenses, preventive care, etc.
  • Vision Therapy FAQs
    An eye doctor answers questions about Vision Therapy in an interview.
  • Vision Therapy Research and Medical Literature
  • Success Stories
    A general catalog of vision therapy success stories
  • Optometrists and Ophthalmologists
    What are the differences in practice focus between a pediatric optometrist and a pediatric ophthalmologist?
  • Choosing an Eye Doctor
    Comments by educators on choosing pediatric vision care for a child.
  • Vision Glossary
    Build your visual health vocabulary!
  • PAVE — Parents Active for Vision Education
  • Dr. Lynn F. Hellerstein
    As a pioneer in vision therapy, Dr. Hellerstein’s expertise and leadership in developmental optometry has inspired thousands of people to improve their vision and enhance their lives. She has extensively utilized vision therapy with children and adults with learning related vision problems, vision perception deficits and/or brain injuries, as well as enhancing visual performance for athletes.

Optometric Organizations

  • Optometrists Network
    A national network of optometrists.
  • COVD – The College of Optometrists in Vision Development
    An international professional organization which grants board certification in Vision Therapy to optometrists.
  • AOA – The American Optometric Association
    Organization of 32,000 optometrists.
  • OEP – Optometric Extension Program Foundation
    Serving the educational needs of optometrists.
  • NORA – Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association International, Inc.
    An organization which provides direction for the visual rehabilitation of persons who have physical disabilities and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBI).