Many ASD patients suffer from vision disorders related to processing and interpretation of visual images in addition to more common disorders regarding acuity, tracking, eye teaming, focusing, near or farsightedness, and astigmatism. Additionally, there is between a 20 and 50 percent greater chance of strabismus in ASD patients than in normal individuals.
Such disorders contribute to the collection of unusual behaviors found in ASD patients, including toe walking, side viewing, limited visual attention, difficulty coordinating central and peripheral vision, and other actions related to speech and perceptive abilities. Children that seem normal at birth sometimes begin to develop symptoms related to ASD, passing early milestones without problems but experiencing increasingly slower progress as they approach more complicated tasks.
Developmental ophthalmologists and developmental optometrists can test and diagnose many correctable vision problems that might go undetected in a regular eye exam. Improvements are usually noted between two to twelve months after beginning treatment, and can have a lifetime impact, keeping patients engaged in mainstream educational and social environments.
Early detection combined with a vision therapy program designed by an experienced professional, such as Dr. Tod Davis, can minimize delays in learning and cognition, improving vision performance through corrective lenses, prisms, physical exercises and computer games designed to strengthen weaker visual function. Dr. Tod Davis Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy Services can put over 30 years of experience to work for patients experiencing an ASD diagnosis, creating a vision therapy program specifically designed to deliver optimum performance from each and every patient.