What is an Eye Tracking Problem?
Eye tracking problems occur when someone is unable to control and coordinate where they aim their eyes. Instead of moving their eyes smoothly across a page, their eyes jump around. Their eyes may go backwards and forwards on the same line inaccurately or they may even skip a whole line while reading.
What are the symptoms of Eye Tracking Problems?
Eye tracking problems may cause someone to lose their place while reading, they may have difficulties copying accurately from the board, and they may skip or reverse words which may adversely affect reading comprehension. Other symptoms include repetition or omission of words while reading, using a finger as a guide while reading, inaccurate eye-hand coordination, increased distractibility, inconsistent visual attention, clumsiness, excessive head movement while reading or tracking, or difficulties with sports.
How are Eye Tracking Problems treated with Optometric Vision Therapy?
An optometric vision therapy program for eye tracking problems helps teach the patient to perform accurate, effective ocular saccadic, fixational, and pursuit eye movements at all distances while integrating eye movements with other sensory skills and visual processing. Our program is designed to improve the patient’s visual conditions, eliminate visual symptoms, and enhance visual skills so that one may more fully benefit from their academic learning environment. Eyeglasses or contact lenses may boost the effects of vision therapy if prescribed by the doctor. Vision therapy makes use of lenses, prisms, filters, and other specialized equipment during the treatment program. The length of the program can range from several weeks to several months, depending on the severity of the diagnosis and patient compliance.