Rancho Santa Fe Optometry

Children with Special Needs

Solving Vision Problems for Children with Special Needs

At Rancho Santa Fe Optometry, we specialize in identifying and addressing visual difficulites children with special needs. Our comprehensive approach focuses on enhancing visual skills and motor skills through tailored vision exams and therapies.

Understanding Visual Impairments in Children with Special Needs

Children with special needs, including those with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Down Syndrome, often experience the same visual problems as their neuro-typical peers. These issues can range from refractive errors like nearsightedness or farsightedness to more complex conditions such as strabismus (eye turns) and amblyopia (lazy eye). These visual impairments can significantly affect their learning abilities and social skills.

The Role of Visual Input in Learning Disabilities

A crucial aspect of our assessment of neuro-diverse children is understanding how visual input affects their learning disability. Poor visual skills can lead to challenges in reading comprehension, attention span, and overall academic performance. Our comprehensive eye exams are designed to detect these issues, often overlooked due to the unique needs of these children.

Key Signs of Visual Problems in Special Needs Children

Parents and educators should be aware of the signs indicating a vision problem, which can include difficulty reading, poor handwriting, and unusual body postures. These symptoms often point to underlying visual processing issues that can impact a child’s academic and social development.

Schedule a Comprehensive Vision Exam

Early detection and intervention are vital. We encourage parents to schedule a comprehensive vision exam for their children. Our team at Rancho Santa Fe Optometry provides personalized care and solutions to enhance the visual and learning experiences of children with special needs.

Opening Hours

Monday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Examination by appointment

Doctors Timetable

Rancho Santa Fe Optometry offers comprehensive eye examinations for all ages. The office also provides therapy to remediate problems found.


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If your child has any special needs, we encourage you to schedule a developmental vision evaluation. Please call our office for more information or to schedule an appointment.