Vision Integration Training or VIT is a type of physical training for the eyes and brain. VIT is done to train and refine the integration of all visual skills and to interpret visual information in a more effective way.

Vision training is a treatment for many common vision problems such as eye movement disorders (tracking), focusing difficulties (accommodation), eye teaming and convergence difficulties as well as lazy eye (amblyopia) and double vision. But the way we interpret what we see does not depend solely on how clear our sight is. Vision problems are often accompanied by visual pathway problems. This is due to visual integration difficulties that interfere with a child’s ability to analyze and interpret visual information.

Vision is a highly complex neurological process that uses various parts of the brain at one time. There are two main visual pathways that are involved with the visual process in the brain. These are pathways of electrical impulses in the brain and they have to work together.

Ineffective information processing results in a mismatch in visual information and the inability to filter what we see. Symptoms of a poorly integrated visual system are vast but in the reading process symptoms may include shimmering and moving text, misreading of words, feeling overwhelmed in a ‘sea of words’ and poor tracking skills due to mistimed visual pathways. 

WHAT IS VISION INTEGRATION TRAINING OR VIT?

The ocular and neurological components of vision are inextricably linked and that is why at Eyetek, we have devised a unique vision-training program with a holistic view. Vision Integration Training merges our behavioral approach to vision with both the ocular and neurological aspects of the visual system to make a child more visually efficient in the classroom and in everyday life.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM VISION INTEGRATION TRAINING?

Adults and children who have difficulties with reading and learning can benefit immensely from VIT. Slow reading, poor handwriting and avoidance of close work may be linked to previously undetected vision difficulties that may be remediated with Vision Integration Training. Other symptoms such as poor reading comprehension, frequent misreading of words, poor posture or body orientation, discomfort in busy places, motion sickness, anxiety in unfamiliar environments and difficulty in finding objects in clutter may also be warning signs of vision and visual integration difficulties.

Neuro-optometric therapy can also help adults and children with persistent dizziness, vertigo, abnormal posture and balance problems among other conditions.

If you have any questions regarding Vision Integration Therapy, please feel free to contact one of our vision therapists directly.

Mishkaah Small

mishkaah@eyetek.co.za

Shanice Viljoen

shanice@eyetek.co.za