Behavioral Optometrist and
Founder of 4D Vision Gym
Introduces Cure for the ‘Common Core’

Behavioral Optometrist and Founder of 4D Vision Gym Introduces Cure for the ‘Common Core’

Hartford, CT, November 11, 2013 – With the new educational standard called the Common Core being phased into the Connecticut public school system over the next two years, many children may be at a distinct disadvantage, says Dr. Juanita Collier, MS, OD, a Behavioral Optometrist and President of 4D Vision Gym in Cromwell, CT.

For example, children who are struggling with mathematics or reading may have undiagnosed visual issues that will make it difficult for them to take computer-based examinations.

According to the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are designed to reflect the skills and knowledge that young people need for success in college and careers. As currently planned, every public school student at each grade level in Connecticut will have to take the tests as part of a national standard to prepare American students to compete in the global economy.

Some education professionals are asking: “Are Connecticut school children ready?”

Dr. Collier says children who struggle in school may have a learning difficulty that is due to a vision problem that goes undetected by standard vision tests. A developmental visual issue may be causing them to underperform or work harder with minimal results.

Some of the signs to look for in children include: difficulty reading, a short attention span, double or blurry vision, poor handwriting, and difficulty with ball sports. For a more complete listing of symptoms to look for that may indicate a learning-related vision difficulty, visit:

Dr. Collier recommends that school children be given a near-point vision screening, in addition to the standard distance vision screening, in order to reveal any visual issues that may exist. This type of screening is very different from the typical eye chart children are asked to read.

A near-point vision screening tests a child’s ability to:

see clearly at near (or close range);
point both eyes together on a target at the same place at the same time;
use both eyes simultaneously; and
appreciate depth perception.
Even if a child has 20/20 vision, it is possible that the child is not processing what he or she sees properly. A near-point vision screening may reveal the cause, and it may be possible to correct the condition with Optometric Vision Therapy, a highly effective, non-surgical option for correcting certain visual issues through the use of lenses, prisms, and other optical equipment.

Parents who are concerned should contact a Behavioral or Developmental Optometrist to determine if Optometric Vision Therapy can make learning and playing much easier for their child. It may be a cure for the “Common Core.”

Please note: In-office therapy under the direction of a behavioral optometrist using prisms, filters and lenses, as used with our patients, is far more effective than home-based therapy.