Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Vision and Autism
9:33 pm cdt
Understanding the Visual Symptoms of Individuals with
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the title of an article by Rachel A Coulter, OD, FCOVD, FAAO in the latest edition of Optometry & Vision Development (OVD). OVD
is the official quarterly publication of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. All issues of the journal, including
the most recent publications have been made available to download by the public through covd.org.
Here are some excerpts:
"Sensory integration problems are frequently
found in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
In particular, vision is often affected with visual symptoms being pervasive and severe. These visual symptoms are due to
an individual’s unique sensory-processing abilities and are biologically based in origin."
symptoms found in individuals with ASD are pervasive, multi-modal and often severe in their intensity. These symptoms are
biologically based and are linked to physiological differences in processing
visual and other sensory information. Some symptoms may be linked to difficulties due to problems in refractive error, binocularity,
ocular motility, and contrast sensitivity processing. Within the ASD population, the most severe symptoms are due to difficulties
in visual processing."
I believe that vision therapy and rehabilitation should be done with sensory integration
always in mind. We live in a multi-sensory world and visual processing plays an integral role in our experiences.
Patients with visual processing problems can learn to function more fully and comfortably.