Up to 85% of children with learning difficulties have vision problems.
Good vision is much more than seeing 20/20.
To understand what our eyes see, we need to see clearly and be able to make sense of what we see.
These are skills we develop in early childhood. Some children develop them more slowly or at a different rate than the norm and as a result have difficulty learning to read and write.
In fact, researchers have found that up to 85% of children with learning problems have significant delays in vision skills.
Symptoms indicating a child may benefit from vision therapy, lenses, or a combination of both include:
- poor reading speed, accuracy, and/ or comprehension
- losing his or her place or needing to use a finger or bookmark while reading moving head back and forth while reading
- headaches or blurred vision
- easily tires or loses attention
- eyestrain or rubbing eyes when reading
- difficulty copying and taking notes
For example, even if your child has 20/20 vision, he/she may see "was" as "saw", or the letter " b " as " d ", " g " or " p " or he/she may see two images on a page, or tell you that the words and lines jump around on the page.
BSMART's S.M.A.R.T. Programming helps to strengthen vision through the use of visual acuity exercises, ocular motor, pupillary response, eye teaming, eye tracking, convergence, and saccadic activities.
How BSMART Can Help
For over 37 years the Wayne Saccadic Fixator ("Circle of Lights") has been the developmental optometric profession's standard for testing, evaluating, and developing accurate and rapid eye-hand coordination, spatial integration, and reaction times. Athletic trainers, developmental vision optometrists, and rehabilitation therapists have acclaimed the Wayne Saccadic Fixator for its ability to motivate users.
The Wayne Saccadic Fixator has been used for sports vision training by college, professional, and Olympic teams worldwide, including the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" US Olympic hockey team.
TheFixator is a wall-mounted instrument with a touch-sensitive membrane panel containing 33 LED lights arranged in three concentric circles with one light at the center. The user responds to the appearance of a light by pressing the membrane button surrounding it.
The unit can store 203 activity programs, of which 172 are pre-programmed with activities for developing rapid saccadic fixations, eye-hand coordination, accuracy, speed, sequencing, directionality, pattern recognition, visual memory, anticipation, reaction time, peripheral awareness, and more.
The fixator is also used to test and improve:
* Visual memory: the unit presents a sequence of random lights of increasing length, which the user has to repeat.
* Peripheral Vision Training, Central cue light forces central fixation
* Reaction/anticipation timing.
* Eye-hand reaction/release timing ("Reaction Plus").
* Activity counting.
* Synchronized rhythm.
BSMART's Saccadic Fixator is used with clients in our After School SMART Lab and our SMART Intensive Sessions.
The Saccadic Fixator is also used as a competition measure for testing by:
* any athletic teams
- football (especially goal keepers)
* as well as individuals.
BSMART's vision screening and series is used to identify persons who may benefit from professional vision care.
It is not intended to provide or take the place of diagnostic or clinical data