General & Behavioral Optometry
Developmental Vision Care for Learning Disabilities
Your Eye Doctor in West Roxbury, Massachusetts-Michael L. Smookler, O.D.
Dr. Michael Smookler offers a full range of vision care services, and is dedicated to providing the highest quality vision care to children and adults. Dr. Smookler is a Behavioral and Developmental Optometrist who specializes in visual performance testing, vision related learning problems, vision therapy and natural vision improvement techniques. Call us today at 617-469-0015 with any questions, or to find out more about how these exciting treatments or any other services outlined below can help you, your child, or a child you know.
Serving West Roxbury, Needham, Newton, Brookline, Dedham, Wellesley, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, New England area.
Meet Our Doctor
Q: What are some of the learning difficulties a child may encounter if they have vision issues?
A: Children may have difficulty reading if their near vision is blurry or the words jump around the page. Older children may have difficulty copying from the board at the front of the class or may struggle with math homework that has multiple questions on the page.
Q: What is Vision Therapy?
A: Vision therapy is an individualized treatment plan prescribed by a Doctor of Optometry. It is used to treat eye conditions, such as strabismus (eye turn) or amblyopia (“lazy eye”). Through Vision Therapy, a Doctor of Optometry also teaches, improves and/or reinforces important visual skills, such as eye tracking, eye focusing and eye teaming abilities. Without these visual skills, simple tasks like reading or copying notes from the board become difficult. Skipping words or lines while reading, using a finger while reading, blurry near vision, double vision, eyestrain and/or eye fatigue are also common symptoms.