autism and vision therapy

The Vision Therapy Solution for Autism Vision Challenges

April is World Autism Month, a time to shed light on a complex neurological condition that affects millions worldwide. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) encompasses a wide range of symptoms, behaviors, and challenges. While there’s no cure for autism, various therapies and interventions can significantly improve quality of life. One such therapy that’s gaining recognition is vision therapy.

What is Autism?

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental disorder that impacts communication, social interaction, and behavior. It typically appears in early childhood and lasts throughout a person’s life. ASD is a spectrum disorder, meaning it affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Some individuals with autism may have exceptional abilities in certain areas, while others may face significant challenges in everyday functioning.

Vision and Autism

Vision plays a crucial role in how we interact with the world. Studies suggest that a significant portion of people with ASD may experience visual processing difficulties. These challenges can manifest in several ways, including:

  • Visual fixation Difficulty shifting gaze or becoming fixated on specific objects or movements.
  • Depth perception issues Problems judging distances or spatial relationships.
  • Visual crowding Difficulty processing information in a visually cluttered environment.
  • Sensory sensitivities Light sensitivity or discomfort with certain visual stimuli.

Benefits of Vision Therapy for Individuals with Autism

Vision therapy is a personalized program designed to improve visual processing skills. While it doesn’t “cure” autism, it can address specific visual processing difficulties that may be impacting an individual’s daily life and overall well-being.


  • Enhancing Visual Processing: Many individuals with autism experience difficulties in visual processing, including tracking objects, depth perception, and visual attention. Vision therapy can help strengthen these skills, leading to improved coordination and perception of the surrounding environment.


  • Addressing Sensory Integration: Sensory sensitivities are common among individuals with autism. Vision therapy can help individuals better integrate visual information with other sensory inputs, reducing sensory overload and improving overall sensory processing.


  • Improving Eye-Hand Coordination: Poor eye-hand coordination can impact activities such as writing, drawing, and sports. Vision therapy exercises can enhance hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and spatial awareness, making daily tasks more manageable.


  • Facilitating Reading and Learning: Many individuals with autism struggle with reading comprehension and learning difficulties. A vision therapy program can target underlying visual issues that may hinder reading ability, such as tracking difficulties or visual processing delays, leading to improved academic performance.


  • Supporting Social Skills: Since vision plays a crucial role in social interaction and communication, improving visual processing can indirectly benefit social skills development. Better visual attention and perception can help individuals better interpret facial expressions, gestures, and social cues.

Family Vision Development Center Specializes in Vision Therapy

Our experienced eyecare providers have advanced training in a variety of vision therapy techniques. Additionally, we are experienced in working with kids with ASD and can properly diagnose any vision issues that may be associated with a child’s autism. We work closely with our patients of all ages and carefully develop individualized programs to target the challenges faced by those with autism in order to help improve their daily interactions and overall quality of life. Reach out to our team at 630-862-2020 to learn more or to schedule a consultation.


Family Vision Development Center is a full-service vision center offering innovative vision therapy services, sports vision therapy services, post-concussive vision rehabilitation, comprehensive vision exams for eyeglasses and contact lenses, management of ocular diseases including glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration and cataracts, and a state-of-the-art optical center offering the latest designs in eyewear.  We are dedicated to keeping our patients comfortable and well-informed and we will explain every exam and procedure and answer all of your questions.  We accept both scheduled and emergency appointments, and offer convenient financing and insurance options to ensure that high-quality vision care is available and affordable to all of our patients.