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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Vision and Autism

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
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."

Visual 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.
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