Resources

To learn more about children's vision, reading and learning problems, vision therapy, and vision in general, visit the web sites provided below.

American Optometric Association (AOA) (www.aoa.org)
The American Optometric Association represents approximately 36,000 optometrists, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. The objectives of the AOA are centered on improving the quality and availability of eye and vision care. The mission of the American Optometric Association is to: "Advocate for the profession and serve optometrists in meeting the eye care needs of the public."

British Columbia Association of Optometrists (BCAO) (http://www.optometrists.bc.ca/) Need better description of why we like this site- more like text on “eye exercises for better health”
The British Columbia Association of Optometrists is the voice of Optometrists across the province. Their mandate is to uphold both the professional and public standing of optometry within the province.  It strives to be a vigilant voice on every issue affecting the eye care and general health of all British Columbians.

Children's Vision Information Network (www.childrensvision.com)
This site contains information for parents and teachers about frequently overlooked vision problems.

College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) (www.covd.org)
The COVD mission is to serve as an advocate for comprehensive vision care emphasizing a developmental and behavioral approach. COVD certifies professional competency in vision therapy, serves as an informational and educational resource, and advances research and clinical care in vision development and therapy.

Eye Exercises for Better Health (www.eyecanlearn.com)
While not a substitute for Vision Therapy, this site contains a variety of fun, online eye exercises for children to improve visual information processing skills.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (www.getreadytoread.org)
Get Ready to Read! (GRTR!) is a national initiative to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children. The initiative provides an easy-to-administer, research-based screening tool to early childhood educators, child care providers, and parents in order to help them prepare all children to learn to read and write.

New York State Optometric Association (NYSOA) (www.nysoa.org)
The NYSOA is dedicated to enhancing the vision care and health of the public and promoting the art and science of optometry.  For eleven decades, it has continued to benefit individual doctors of optometry, the profession and the quality of life of New Yorkers. The NYSOA plays a significant role in how optometry is perceived by other professions, government agencies and the public at large. 

The Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEP) (www.oepf.org)
The Optometric Extension Program Foundation is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of optometry through the gathering and dissemination of information on vision and the visual process.  Its mission is to advance human progress through research and education on vision, the visual process, and clinical care.

SeeingSmarter (www.seeingsmarter.com)
SeeingSmarter strives to assist parents in helping their children gain the visual skills and learning abilities they'll need for life.

Parents Active for Vision Education (www.pavevision.org)
P.A.V.E. is a national non-profit organization that provides information for parents, educators and medical professionals on the critical link between vision and efficient learning.

Vision and Learning (www.visionandlearning.org)
The Vision and Learning organization offers parents and educators a comprehensive guide to how vision problems can affect learning.

Vision First Foundation (www.visionfirstfoundation.org)
The Vision First Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and assisting families in need regarding children’s comprehensive eye and vision examinations and associated eye care.