Reading is a complex task involving the integration of language, attention, information processing, and it begins with clear, comfortable vision. Efficient vision provides a physical foundation for proficient reading. Many people are not aware that eye movement and visual processing skills play an important role in reading performance, and enhancing visual skills can result in significant gains in reading fluency and comprehension.
Individuals who consistently attend their sessions and practice their home vision training will develop higher levels of visual skills that enhance reading speed, visual attention, and increase overall processing speed.
Heightened visual skills allow for vision to become more effortless, so they can focus on comprehending what they are reading, rather than become distracted by a symptom or an easier task. Even mild fatigue can slow a proficient reader down. Vision training works to develop peak visual performance, which supports visual tasks and reading.
Reading improvements from vision training can be achieved in as little as 6 weeks. This time frame varies based on age, motivation, and commitment to the program.
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