Impact of Vision

Published on
June 20, 2022

A child of school age has high visual demands, and when they are unable to meet these demands, they can face a variety of challenges, including challenges with self-esteem. It is not uncommon for these difficulties to be overlooked or misdiagnosed, but very often the underlying cause is a deficit in the child's visual system. Dr. McBryar has extensive experience diagnosing and treating visual challenges that go beyond what one can read from an eye chart.

Academic difficulties

In her practice as a developmental and behavioral optometrist, Dr. Heather McBryar FCOVD is more concerned about the child that the eyeballs belong to than the eyeballs themselves.

In addition to clinical findings and medical diagnoses, vision has a profound impact on people.

Dr. McBryar notices that when examining children with academic difficulties, they tend to compare themselves to their peers. Perhaps they will notice that other children are able to read aloud more comfortably or are able to complete assignments more quickly.

When children compare themselves to their peers, they start to believe that they are less smart since they cannot read at the same level or perform at the same level, which could be due to an underlying vision problem.

The joy of acquiring skills and renewed confidence

One of the most rewarding things about detecting an underlying vision problem and treating it is watching the changes that occur in the child, in their self-confidence, and in their realization that they are as smart as their peers and as capable as their peers and that it was only their vision interfering with their performance.

Schedule an appointment

When your child is unable to read and learn at their age level in his or her classroom, it may be due to an underlying vision problem, and treating it would boost your child's confidence. Dr. Heather McBryar is an experienced pediatric optometrist with years of experience in eye care. In order to schedule an eye examination with her, please call (423) 710 3965.



Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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