Dr. Zurcher believes that one of the most positive aspects of successfully treating visual deficits in children, is in the sense of renewed confidence it instills in them.
Parents often report that as their children continue to struggle with visual problems in school, they begin to lose confidence and start comparing themselves with classmates. They begin to make generalized statements doubting their own intelligence, pointing to other students who appear to perform better as "proof" of their inferior intellect. The psychological effects can be devastating.
There are high visual demands for a school age child and when a child cannot keep up with these expectations, he or she can struggle in so many ways, including challenges with self-esteem. These struggles can often be overlooked or misdiagnosed, however very often the underlying problem can be related to a deficit in the child’s visual system. Dr. Zurcher is experienced in diagnosing and treating these visual challenges which extend far beyond how well a child can read from the eye chart.