How Does Autism Affect Vision?

Autistic individuals have difficulty processing and responding to information from their senses, as well as difficulties with communication and social interaction. Visual problems are also very common. Often, the signs of these vision problems can be masked by the behaviors that autistic individuals use to cope with the sensory overload of the world around them.

The behaviors that are attributable to both autism and vision problems can include lack of eye contact, staring at spinning objects or light, peripheral glances, side viewing, and difficulty attending visually. Autistic people may also have problems coordinating their central and peripheral vision. Eye movement disorders and crossed eyes are common. Many autistic people are visually defensive, meaning they avoid contact with specific visual input and might have hypersensitive vision.

How Can We Help?

Our brain’s continue to learn and create neuro-pathways up until the day we pass, so learning new techniques to improve our daily lives while dealing with autism shouldn’t feel impossible. Our customized rehabilitation program helps patients regain confidence in their space, reduce symptoms, and teaches visual strategies for daily living! We believe that everyone is capable of empowering themselves with the knowledge and skills to improve their daily life and reduce symptoms.

Test We Run

RightEye - A 5 minute ocular movement test that uses infrared light to track eye movement and tests baselines for vision tracking, eye-teaming, eye-hand coordination, and other visual tracking impairments.

Functional Visual Field - This test provides a quick and efficient view of the functional visual color fields. These show us the relationship between the visual system, the body, and the how much space one is able to process and interact with at one time.