People with autism have a different way of processing and responding to external stimuli than others, which makes problems with eyesight more likely. Such dysfunctions are characterized by staring and/or poor eye contact, sudden glances and hyperactive peripheral vision.
Today, Six One Six Vision Center, your local optometrist, discusses common vision dysfunctions that people with autism, including children, are likely to experience.
A Correlation Between Visual Dysfunction and Autism
In addition to poor hand-eye coordination, people with autism may experience faulty central and peripheral vision coordination. This manifests in looking around an object instead of at it when tracking a moving object. Crossed eyes and eye movement disorders are also common.
In general, people on the autism spectrum are attracted to visual stimuli, making them skilled with video games and computers and fast readers. Such people, particularly children, are often called visual learners because they respond much more quickly to what they see.
Keep in mind that a strong visual system, however, doesn’t always mean it’s working correctly or efficiently. Visit your local eye doctor at Six One Six Vision Center, for a comprehensive assessment of your child’s visual ability.
After a patient has undergone a comprehensive eye exam to determine vision problems, the treatment can begin. The treatment aims to help patients with autism to organize visual space, obtain peripheral stability, improve central vision, have better eye coordination and encourage visual information processing.
Eye exams can help with the early detection and treatment of vision issues, especially in children—even more so in children with autism. Turn to Six One Six Vision Center for the eye care that suits the needs of your child. Call us at (208) 214-5080 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We serve Eagle and Boise, Idaho.