Over the past number of years, many aids and treatments of visual dyslexia have been presented – but more recently, the revelation of ‘Schoolvision’ has emerged, which takes some of the already used techniques and adds in the new knowledge, to significantly improve reading speeds, in this whole process aimed at stabilising the dominant eye.
In the UK there is very little consistency in how Optometrists deal with children with reading and learning difficulties, whether they have been diagnosed with dyslexia or not. The standard NHS examination looks at the health of the eye and each eye’s individual prescription – but little is done on the evaluation of how the two eyes work as a pair, never mind finding the faults that exist or subsequently treating them.
The basis of ‘Schoolvision’
The whole concept of stable eye dominance and its importance was discovered in early studies in sports, namely clay pigeon shooting and tennis. Shooting is an ‘aiming’ sport (involving central vision) and the latter an ‘anticipation’ sport, where depth
When we go to read some text, just one eye (the dominant eye) should take over the job of aiming at the words, but if both eyes try to do the same job, the words and letters appear to shift out of order sending confused messages to the brain which in turn causes difficulty with reading and spelling. Without stable eye dominance, attention will continually swap from one eye to the other. At the moment of swapping, the letter or word will shift position in space. You can demonstrate this by aiming at a distant object with your finger. When you close one eye everything remains stable. When you close the other eye, either your finger or object will appear to move. When this happens unintentionally while reading, you lose your place in the sentence or paragraph and individual words become difficult to learn or spell because the letters won’t stay in the right order.
Sport is particularly important as it releases adrenalin and strengthens muscles. Football, cycling and other outdoor activities are especially beneficial as they incorporate exercise as well as time spent outdoors.
Diet is an important consideration also. Reduce carbohydrates and gluten based foods (wheat, rye, oats and barley) as they promote arthritic effects. It is also best to avoid processed food; intensive factory farmed produce and genetically modified foods. These contain hormones, preservatives and pesticides which cause an effect on the body.
A sensible diet to include lots of fruit, vegetables, omega 3 and fish oils is advisable.
The principals of ‘Schoolvision’ are simple, but yet the effect is profound. It’s like revisiting the ‘old optics’ of 80-100 years ago, the ones that have been pushed aside and forgotten, as commercial gain and the ‘conveyor belt’ mentality took precedent in the whole optical industry.
Further useful information can be found on: www.schoolvision.org.uk or feel free to contact us on the telephone number or email below.
A full description of the associated principles of Schoolvision can be found on our Youtube channel – searching under ‘McCrystal opticians’