OCVT’s Blog

Why Do We Need Cursive Writing?

In today’s modern world, few people still write with pen and paper, let alone in cursive script. However, researchers believe that cursive writing is important to cognitive development and the brain’s sensorimotor region. There’s a substantial learning difference between handwriting cursive letters and typing or tracing those same letters. But with the abundance of smartphones, […]

Getting in the Right Mindset for Vision Therapy

By Jonathan Gaspar, COVT I often work with patients who have been involved in some of accident or injury that may have impaired their quality of life. While there will always be exceptions to the rule, I have noticed that people usually fall into two categories: those with a positive outlook and those with a negative […]

Can Video Games Damage Your Eyesight?

In today’s screen-centric world, children and adults alike are constantly on their mobile phones, tablets, computers, and watching television. There are dozens of ways to play video games today, at home, at work, and on the go? But could frequent playing of video games damage your eyesight? Recent studies show that Americans spend over 10 […]

What Is Strabismus?

Commonly referred to as cross-eyed, strabismus is a condition where both eyes don’t look in the same direction at the same time. This disorder frequently occurs in patients with poor eye muscle control or those who are extremely farsighted. Without proper alignment, your eyes can’t work as a team, so one eye looks directly at […]

Recovering from Head Trauma: Can Vision Therapy Help?

Traumatic brain injury often causes vision problems that are overlooked during the initial treatment. These vision issues are secondary to immediate concerns like internal bleeding, brain impairment, and nerve damage. However, head injuries commonly affect the visual system, and therapy can help recovering brain injury patients more easily interpret photographic information. For many patients, the […]

What is Amblyopia?

Amblyopia is an ocular condition in which the brain favors one eye over the other, which can cause the unfavored eye to misalign and/or have best corrected reduced eyesight. The common term lazy eye comes from the asymmetry of the eyes caused by the condition, which affects 2-3 of every 100 children. A host of […]

Vision and Brain Injuries: What You Need to Know

How Do Brain Injuries Affect Vision? Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are those injuries caused by incidents in an uncontrolled environment that alter the ability of the brain to carry out its functions. Non-traumatic brain injuries are those that affect the brain in a controlled environment, in such cases as a stroke, infection, or tumor. Those […]

Standard Eye Exams vs. Vision Therapy Eye Exams

What Is the Difference Between Regular and Vision Therapy Eye Exams? The biggest difference between your standard eye exam and a vision therapy eye exam is the end goal: A standard eye exam looks at eye health needs and management, checking eye sight (i.e. 20/20) and assessing the need for glasses or contact lenses. A […]

Learning-Related Vision Problems: How are Vision & Learning Connected?

There is a certain logic to the ways that vision and learning are related. We use our visual systems to do most of our learning in childhood and adulthood, and when a part of our vision isn’t working the way it’s intended to, it prevents us from experiencing the learning process to its fullest. Here’s […]

4 Signs Pediatric Vision Therapy Could Benefit Your Child

Is your child struggling with his or her vision? The American Optometric Association’s research shows that one in four children suffer from a vision problem that affects their learning. Despite annual vision screenings, many of these problems go undetected by parents and the education system year after year. If you see your child present conspicuous […]