VisionLink – New learning through sight

VisionLink Behavioural Optometrists provide research based treatment for convergence insufficiency, oculomotor dysfunction, spelling and reading problems, dyslexia, attention deficit disorders, Aspergers, Learning Related Vision Disabilities, migraine and brain injuries. We are uniquely positioned to assist Visual Perception through the use of Vision Therapy, Irlen tinted lenses and Cellfield Intervention.

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How We Help

VisionLink's scope of practice is broad, there are many things we do.

Visual Perception

  • Examination of the Visual Perception, taking into account the patients age, growth & development, health, needs and wants.
  • Dyslexia Assessments, Irlen Diagnostics and Motor Integration testing
  • Formulating a unique Management Plan for every patient, sometimes on referring to other practitioners.
  • Prescribing Therapeutic spectacle lenses with Focus power, Prism power and Precision Spectral Filter tints to optimize your perception
  • Prescribing Optometric Vision Therapy to optimize your Eye Control and your perception
  • Reporting to patient, parents, teachers and to GP
  • Ongoing management through our computer-based Recall system.   Click for more

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We assess and assist children and adults with a number difficulties including;

Reading Problems, Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties:

  • Reading is difficult and cannot use their reading skills or learn basic reading skills
  • Problems with flow, fluency, and comprehension
  • Other problems may exist and instruction or remediation may be necessary  For more Click Here

Gifted and Average Students with Good Reading Skills:

  • Spend longer to complete homework
  • Physical complaints of headaches, strain, or tiredness when reading or at school
  • Avoids reading or reading for pleasure
  • Does poorly on timed tests or standardized tests
  • Unable to keep up with reading assignments
  • Reads beginning and summaries rather than the entire chapter
  • Listens in class rather than doing assigned reading
  • Finds it easier to learn from discussion than reading
  • Works hard to get grades but feels that s/he is brighter than grades indicate
  • Considered lazy or unmotivated. Told they could do better if tried harder

Headaches, Migraines and Other Physical Symptoms:

  • Discomfort in sunlight
  • Discomfort in bright lights or fluorescent lights
  • Prefer dim lighting
  • Bothered by headlights at night
  • Bothered by glare
  • Discomfort with computer use
  • Stress or strain with sustained reading
  • Stress or strain from visually-intensive activities
  • Difficulty looking at stripes or patterns
  • Certain colors are bright and bothersome
  • Snow, rain, and hazy days can appear to be glary                                      For more Click Here

Light Sensitivity

  • Bothered by glare, fluorescent lights, bright lights, sunlight and sometimes lights at night.
  • Some individuals experience physical symptoms and feel tired, sleepy, dizzy, anxious, or irritable.
  • Others experience headaches, mood changes, restlessness or have difficulty staying focused, especially with bright or fluorescent lights.                                                         For more Click Here

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/HD):

  • Problems concentrating when reading or writing
  • Easily distracted when reading or writing
  • Distracted when under fluorescent lights
  • Daydreams in class Problems staying on task with academic work
  • Problems starting academic tasks                                                                  For more Click Here

Autism and Asperger Syndrome:

  • Looks in a series of short glances
  • Looks away from visual targets
  • Squints or looks down
  • Finger flicks
  • Sideway glances
  • Poor eye contact
  • Rubs or pushes on eyes
  • Mesmerized by colors, patterns, or light Behavior changes in bright lights or sunlight
  • Poor spatial or body awareness
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulties with stairs, escalators, or catching balls
  • Poor small or gross motor coordination                                                  For more Click Here

Traumatic Brain Injuries, Head Injuries, Concussions and Whiplash:

Light-induced seizures, tremors, or other similar problems:

  • Psychological, Medical and Visual Problems:
  • Low Vision/Visually Impaired
  • Light-Induced Epilepsy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Strokes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Auto Immune Diseases
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy                                                                                  For more Click Here


We have also recently embarked on a Vision for Learning initiative which includes a study into the link between children's learning and their vision. Find out more about Vision for Learning initiative and the many children screened in Hawkes Bay Schools for FREE.