You may have noticed that kids on the autism spectrum have distinct behavioral patterns. Some of these patterns can be caused by vision problems. Read on as the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children, a practice specializing in corneal reshaping therapy, lists and elaborates on these vision dysfunctions, their causes, as well as the corresponding treatment options below.
The Cause of Distinct Behavioral Patterns
Children on the spectrum disorder can’t process and use visual information as efficiently as someone not on the autism spectrum can. In most cases, too much visual input can overwhelm them, forcing them to adopt certain behavioral patterns to cope.
Poor Coordination Between the Central and Peripheral Vision
Poor integration between the central and peripheral vision can prompt a child with autism to ignore the latter and focus at a particular visual point for long periods of time. Any problems with coordinating the two can also impair their ability to process and integrate visual info.
This means people on the autism spectrum can’t process visual info as efficiently as a person who isn’t on the spectrum. In a sense, they have hypersensitive vision, forcing them to be on the defensive visually. As a consequence, they can’t focus on one visual input and have to resort to scanning through dozens of images to process the input.
Keep in mind that these are just some of the vision problems that may be afflicting a child with autism. Other vision problems that are common even among those who aren’t on the autism spectrum, like nearsightedness, can be making it more difficult for your child; in which case, they would need prescription glasses or, for adults, ortho k lenses.
Considering vision problems can significantly delay early childhood development, it’s best to take your child to the eye doctor as soon as they start exhibiting any of the aforementioned symptoms. A doctor will perform a set of comprehensive tests to diagnose your child’s vision problem.