Computerised vision therapy
There are several different programmes that address different problems but are not suitable for every person and one to one therapy is the gold standard. The youngest age that a child can use the programmes is around 6yrs. Young children (and older children with poorer concentration) need parental supervision. Desktop PC, tablet or laptop computers and for HTS2 ipads and smartphones work so long as the screen size is it is at least 13 inches. At Paul Adler Optometrists, our programmes are scientifically tested and valid (evidence based), and can only be prescribed by a qualified registered eye care practitioner (optometrist, optician, eye doctor and orthoptist)
This online app is used for eye muscle and focusing problems. It can be done on any platform or digital device so long as the screen is at least 15cm wide.
PTS 11 iNet
PTS works by providing tasks that enhance and develop perceptual skills required to become a good reader. The therapy procedures utilized in PTS II iNet are based on experimental research and have been successfully used by thousands of patients.
There are thirteen exercises. These include activities for simultaneous processing, sequential processing, speed-of-information processing, visual temporal processing, and rapid automatised naming. The programme helps those with poor attention, reversals, poor memory, poor reading. Each day the programme presents four different skills to practice.
Tracking problems are often associated with reading disability. Slow reading, dysfluent reading, reversals of letters or words, words running together, poor reading comprehension, poor visual attention, loss of concentration, and inability to complete assignments or tests in a timely fashion. If there has been a diagnosis of dyslexia, rapid automatised naming deficit, reading potential below ability, eye movement inaccuracies, temporal visual processing disability, visual perception dysfunction, then the Perceptual Visual Tracking Program (PVT) may be indicated.
Subitising is the ability to immediately recognise and enumerate small numbers of objects. It is a vital visual perception skill that is a precursor to basic math skills including numeracy and visual counting. Many school-age children that have math difficulties also exhibit significant subitising deficits.
This consists of 12 near vision activities designed for the treatment of amblyopia (often called lazy eye by the public). Patients begin therapy with targets that are easily seen and become progressively smaller as therapy progresses. Correct responses are reinforced with subsequent reduction in the size of the stimuli. Therapy is directed to improve resolving ability with concomitant use of hand-eye coordination tasks.
This is a short inexpensive programme to assist slow but reasonable readers gain speed and fluency. There are three sections to the programme which presents stories to be read and a short comprehension exercise afterwards. At the present time it is only available for English text.