Vision & Learning

Eighty percent of learning is visual.

Many children and adults continue to struggle with learning in the classroom and the workplace.
Advances in information technology, its expanding necessity, and its accessibility are placing
greater demands on people for efficient learning and information processing.

Learning is accomplished through complex and interrelated processes, the most important to learning is vision.

Determining the relationships between vision and learning involves more than evaluating eye
health and visual acuity (clarity of sight). Problems in identifying and treating people with
learning-related vision problems arise when such a limited definition of vision is employed.

A vision evaluation of a child with reading or learning challenge should explore more than eye health and acuity alone. Visual scanning, visual tracking skills, focusing, eye alignment, visual perceptual skills, visual information processing and integration are critical to the reading and learning process.

Eye Movement Skills for speed and control of scanning of learning materials; such as keeping one's place and processing (decoding) the words on the page when reading and comprehending the information. 

Eye Teaming Skills are necessary to have both eyes working together. Coordinating the paired muscles of the eyes is developed over time and can be improved through practice and appropriate developmental and therapeutic experience. 

Eye - Hand Coordination proficiency requires the integration of what is seen to direct the hand and/body to perform a task. Vision is "What we do with what we see!" 

Perceptual Skills allow us to discriminate size, shape, texture and location of the world around us. In addition, decoding symbols used in written language starts with understanding of images and pictures. The skill of using visual imagery allows the child to relate primary experiences to the pictures and words on the printed page. A child who lacks experience (readiness) can demonstrate rapid improvement in discrimination of symbols by using pencil or crayon to draw them out for reinforcement and clarification. 

Many children with learning-related vision problems have 20/20 distance eyesight, but have greater difficulties doing visually demanding tasks within arm's reach. 

If you suspect there is a vision problem impairing your child's reading and academic success please call the office to arrange a comprehensive evaluation at (716) 871-0074


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  • "Before our daughter began vision therapy she was struggling with reading and sports. We thought she was just clumsy (walking into walls and falling a lot). My wife and I know something was't quite right; so we had our daughter tested for Central Auditory Processing Disorder, took her to an optometrist and to an eye specialist at a hospital. My wife's mother urged us to see Dr. Gordon. A significant visual tracking problem was found.
    After vision therapy our daughter went from needing extra help with reading to reading above grade level. She is now excelling in softball and has been named to the All-Star Team this year. She has become more confident and willing to try new things."
    "We can't thank Dr. Gordon's office enough for our daughter's success."
    Drew D.
  • "Before vision therapy reading was terrible. Nothing made sense on the paper. Vision therapy helped me with spelling and reading. I'm not skipping lines when reading and I love how I was taught to spell. I bring home 100's in spelling and reading is coming along too!
    I'm also on the Honor Roll at school too!"
    Elizabeth S.
  • "Our son was in 2nd grade when we found out that he had vision problems. He was referred to the occupational therapist in school for his handwriting. After her testing she called to tell us that all of signs were related to vision problems. Our son complained of headaches, motion sickness and very bad handwriting.
    Most of his teachers were telling us they thought he had ADD or ADHD.
    His attention span in school was short and he rushed through his work. He absolutely hated anything that had to do with writing.
    After starting vision therapy we saw improvements very quickly; as well as his teachers. His handwriting has improved tremendously and his posture is much better.
    We are so thankful for the occupational therapist discovering his vision challenge. We drove an hour and a half each way to Dr. Gordon's office for our weekly vision therapy sessions.
    The success of our son was well worth the drive."
    Amber W.
  • "What a difference! It has been an emotional roller coaster dealing with certain aspects of our son's left. But it was refreshing to know that we could count on the staff administering vision therapy to have his best interest in mind. To watch our son overcome the obstacles he had prior to vision therapy is worth everything. We absolutely recommend vision therapy because we have seen what it can do for our child. We are grateful for vision therapy and couldn't imagine his life without it!"
    Jerome K.
  • "I saw words differently and struggled throughout my childhood with my sight. After years of testing and appointments I found Dr. Gordon who diagnosed a Convergence Insufficiency. After a few months of vision therapy I was amazed at the my improvement.
    My life is truly changed!"
    Ella S.
  • "My son has always struggled in school. As an educator I looked for answers based on what I knew; learning disabilities, ADHD, etc. By the time he was in 4th grade I had to find some way to help my son. I realized that many of his symptoms were similar to many of my students who had Central Auditory Processing difficulties. Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center confirmed the diagnosis and recommended a visual processing evaluation. No one ever considered his reading challenges to be related to a visual processing problem. Since starting vision therapy his struggles in school have decreased, his math grades have improved as well as his reading; and he is more confident in his ability to succeed."
    Joanne L.
  • "Dr. Gordon is a developmental optometrist, which means...he is trained to deal with eye dysfunctions beyond simple near-sightedness/far-sightedness and...he can help improve vision through behavior programs. Dr. Gordon patiently worked with me to get the best possible prescription...He's a compassionate and very competent eyecare professional, and I strongly recommend him."
    Michael L.