Unique training & qualifications for a unique specialty
Effective therapies attract patients from afar
The Vision & Conceptual Development Center (VCDC) offers a broad array of vision therapies geared toward children and adults. Each patient receives his or her own individualized, custom-made program. This is developed by the VCDC optometrist and provided one-to-one to the patient by the VCDC vision therapist. They help patients develop the visual skills necessary for success in life. That’s why people come to them from all over the world as well as from throughout the Washington, DC area.
While VCDC works with all children’s vision problems, their specialty is visuo-cognitive difficulties, often described as visuo-spatial, visual perceptual or visual processing problems. The brain controls these areas of visual functioning, rather than the eyes. Thus it’s possible, for example, to have 20/20 vision and still experience visuo-cognitive problems.
A unique therapy approach to a multitude of symptoms
Dr. Zeller, Dr. Green and associates tailor their therapy approach to each child’s particular needs to remedy their condition in the most positive, nurturing way possible. Visuo-cognitive delays can easily be misdiagnosed as learning disabilities or other developmental delays.
Visuo-cognitive delays can also accompany other developmental delays. Some symptoms that suggest your child may have a visuo-cognitive disorder are:
- Difficulty putting thoughts on paper (words or drawings)
- Higher verbal/lower performance IQ scores
- Lack of organization (e.g., can do homework but can’t find it to turn it in)
- Inability to start a simple task
- Frequently says “I can’t” before trying
- Poor understanding of personal space (bumps into people or stands too close)
- Confusion, distress, unwarranted excitement in open environments like shopping malls
- Constantly touching the walls or furniture
- Inability to follow instructions
- Difficulty understanding visually presented classroom work
- Poor academic performance; difficulty reading
Helping adults & children overcome strabismus & amblyopia
Strabismus (eye turn) is a condition in which the person cannot properly align his or her eyes under normal viewing conditions. It affects about 4% of the population. There are many different types of eye turns and as a result there are many different treatment approaches. Untreated strabismus can cause headaches, poor depth perception, double vision, amblyopia and other problems.
Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a condition in which one or both eyes have reduced vision, not caused by injury or disease, that cannot be improved by corrective lenses. Amblyopia occurs in approximately 3% of the population and is most frequently caused by significant differences in refractive error (eyeglass prescription) between the two eyes or by constant unilateral strabismus. Amblyopia can be detected at an early age and can be overcome with vision therapy, glasses and/or eye-patching. Unfortunately, some children grow up without getting any treatment and carry these vision problems into adulthood. The good news is that these problems can be corrected in adulthood, too.
At VCDC, your comfort comes first. Visit them and experience specialized, one-on-one medical attention and world-class treatment.
The Vision & Conceptual Development Center offers specialized treatment and care solutions for visual challenges in both children and adults. Call our office today at 301.951.0320 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your appointment.