What is Visual Processing Disorder?
Vision issues, of the type that an eye doctor deals with, are issues of the visual “hardware.” There is a flaw somewhere in the structure of the eye that causes the incoming signal to be distorted. Glasses, contact lenses or laser surgery are all fixes for the “visual hardware.”
How Visual Processing Disorder might manifest
What causes Visual Processing Disorder
There’s no conclusive evidence on causes. Top candidates are:
- Genetic tendency
- Developmental delays in childhood can affect visual processing, particularly gazing and tracking delays in infancy
- Vestibular difficulties. The vestibular and visual systems' neurological track is in the same component of the brain. When the vestibular system is not working, the visual system is affected.
- Poor muscle tone
- Vitamin deficiencies
Treating Visual Processing Disorder
Techniques for teaching the brain and the nervous system to react accurately to visual stimuli include:
- Vision therapy - working on the occulomotor components that affect the movement of the eyes and their communication with the brain
- Vestibular therapy
- Augmentative auditory therapy
- Reflex integration therapy