Vision therapy may be effective in helping patients on the autism spectrum who have disorders such as poor depth perception, poor eye-hand coordination, lack of awareness of one’s physical place within an area, and poor eye contact.
An optometrist can check for near/farsightedness and focusing problems, which may require the use of a specific prescriptive lens. Behavioral Optometrists, also sometimes called Developmental Optometrists, have special training and will test for eye tracking, aim, teaming, depth perception or visual perceptual skills. The lack of these skills can interfere with reading and other school activities. The Developmental Optometrist will assess and then supervise eye exercises to correct problems with vision. Some practitioners may recommend lenses with prisms (sometimes called Kaplan lenses), while others may recommend filtered or tinted lenses (sometimes called Irlen lenses). The doctor will carry out treatment in the office but will expect it to be practiced at home.
This is not an evidence-based practice and is often not covered by insurance.
Dr. Beth Ballinger, FCOVD / Dr. Stephen Cohn, FCOVD
901 Dover Drive, Ste. 100, Newport Beach
Dr. Janet Kohtz
6700 Indiana Ave., Ste 155, Riverside
Developmental optometrist providing eye examinations and vision therapy. Infants to adults.
Dr. Lysle Shaw-McMinn
Sun City Vision Clinic
27830 Bradley Rd. Sun City, CA 92586
Optometrist experienced serving children with autism, developmental disorders, and non-verbal children.
The office in Sun City has technology to monitor and diagnose non-verbal children’s ability to see. We have technology unlike any other clinics in our area. We have VEP technology, or Visual Evoked Potential technology, which allows us to monitor communication between the eyes and the brain on non-verbal patients to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of these patients. Also we have a major amblyoscope, a device used to treat strabismus, which is associated with developmental disorders.
Dr. Vanessa Kashak
Woodcrest Vision Clinic
17675 Van Buren Blvd Ste C. Riverside CA 92504
Loving and patient staff. We take whatever time and actions necessary to make sure we give our disabled patients the highest standards of care. Both offices have Vision Therapy programs for over 30 years now, and we are very passionate about our therapy programs.
Rancho Cucamonga (909) 987-3330
San Bernardino (909) 881-2020
Experienced staff with special needs.
Hospitality Eye Care Center – Dr Tamano-Fletcher
164 W Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino
Developmental optometrist who will provide eye examinations and vision therapy.
Irlen Institute International
5380 E. Village Road, Long Beach
1-562-496-2550 or 1-800-55-IRLEN
The Irlen Method has been used for over 25 years to identify and help people with a type of processing problem called Irlen Syndrome, formerly known as Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS). Irlen Syndrome is not an optical problem. It is a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information. Irlen spectral filters, which are added to lenses worn on glasses alleviate sensory overload.
Simpson and Duran Optometry – Dr. Anne Simpson, Michele A. Duran, O.D.
1131 W 6th St, Suite 150, Ontario
Provides evaluation and treatment of pediatric visual problems requiring glasses and/or visual therapy. Specializes in helping children with visual related learning problems.
Dr. Doug Stephey, O.D., M.S.
208 West Badillo Street, Covina
Temecula Valley Optometry – Dr. Alan Winkelstein
30520 Rancho California Road, Suite A106, Temecula
Provides optometry, eye test services, and vision therapy.
Vision Enhancement Center
Dr. Duong Nguyen
Dr. Jay Chao
5051 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 102, Riverside
Provides a number of optometry services including vision therapy for all ages; treatment for Learning-related Vision Problems, Visual Tracking Problems, and the visual components of ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, and Reading dysfunctions; Treatment for Binocular Vision Conditions, such as Amblyopia or Lazy Eye, Convergence Insufficiency (near vision disorder), Diplopia (double vision), Lack of Stereopsis (two-eyed depth perception), and Strabismus (cross-eyed, wandering eye, eye turns, etc.) and visual Rehabilitation for Special Populations, including Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries, Stroke, Whiplash, Developmental Delays etc.
Yorba Linda Optometry & Beyond
Lynn Marran, OD, FCOVD-A, PhD, Fellow
17451 Bastanchury Rd Suite 104 C-1, Yorba Linda
Ph: (714) 961-2020
Along with comprehensive eye exams, Dr Marran can evaluate eye focusing, eye tracking, eye teaming, visual processing, and eye motor skills. Dr. Marran conducts a thorough analysis of skills in these areas in a 2 day evaluation to determine the best course of therapy, and provide vision therapy.
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