The Difference Between Vision and Eyesight

There are fundamental differences between vision and eyesight, although most people tend to think of them as the same thing.

Eyesight:  Good eyesight means that your child has clear images forming at the back of his or her eyes. A doctor or the school nurse will check their eyesight by having them look at a chart with numerals and letters on it.  Visual acuity can be tested from near (a reading distance) and far (20 feet). Your child has 20/20 vision if he or she can see clearly from a distance of 20 feet.

Vision:  A child with 20/20 eyesight does not necessarily have perfect vision.   Binocular vision refers to your eyes working as a team. If your child’s eyes aren’t aligned properly, their vision could be poor even if their eyesight is perfect.   Vision, like reading, mathematics, and language, is learned.

For more information:

“Signs & Symptoms of Learning-Related Vision Problems” By the College of Optometrists in Vision Development –

Optometrists and Developmental Optometrists

The optometrists listed below have experience with serving special needs and experience testing both verbal and non-verbal children.  Optometrists are schooled in the developmental (behavioral, functional or environmental) aspects of vision. Optometrists are more apt to use lenses, prisms and Vision Therapy to enhance and improve visual function. These interventions can improve children’s academic and other abilities.

Dr. Beth Ballinger, FCOVD
901 Dover Drive, Ste. 100, Newport Beach
(949) 642-0292

Dr. Anna Kim – Rady’s Children Hospital
25485 Medical Center Dr., Ste. 200, Murrieta
(951) 600-1640

Dr. Janet Kohtz
6700 Indiana Ave., Ste 155, Riverside
(951) 689-9180
Developmental optometrist providing eeye examinationsand vision therapy. Infants to adults.

Dr. Lysle Shaw-McMinn
Sun City Vision Clinic
27830 Bradley Rd. Sun City, CA 92586
(951) 672-4971
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
(951) 780-0270
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.

Friedman Optometry
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
(909) 383-5000
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
(909) 986-0918
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
(626) 332-4510

Temecula Valley Optometry – Dr. Alan Winkelstein
30520 Rancho California Road, Suite A106, Temecula
(951) 676-9465
Provides optometry, eye test services, and vision therapy.

Vision Enhancement Center
Dr. Duong Nguyen
Dr. Jay Chao
(951) 686-3937
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
(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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