If your son or daughter, aged 6 to 15, has one or more of these behaviors, call 210-333-7777 today to schedule a screening for vision-related learning problems. It could be the most important phone call you will make during his or her school years.
You are a concerned loving parent who would do anything for your for your child. Making an appointment with us may mean giving your child that chance for success other children enjoy.

What Can V.I.P. Do That Quick-Fix Eye Exams Cannot?

• V.I.P. goes beyond simple testing for clear eyesight; we evaluate your child's vision and then work to correct any deficiencies found in:
Rapid, acccurate eye movements from point to point, word to word, place to place. Having both eyes work comfortably as a team. Eye-hand coordination, necessary in activities such as writing or sports.
• Reversals - for example: confusing the words "was" and "saw," or letters "b" and "d."
• Using side vision to successfully catch a ball or draw a long, straight line without moving the head.
• Reading comprehension due to interference by poor visual skills.
• Seeing up-close without strain

What is the V.I.P. Strategy?

First, we test and diagnose a child's visually-related learning problems. If a visual handicap exists, a vision therapy program will be developed to meet that child's special needs. Once enrolled in our intensive Vision Improvement Program (VIP), a child will work on specific goals. A professional vision therapist will conduct carefully sequenced activities to strengthen weak areas in order to bring the "vision system" up to par. The time span for therapy is designed to allow each child to achieve maximum results.

Will Insurance Cover the Cost?

Here's a comforting thought: Our V.I.P. program is covered by most major medical insurance policies.
The V.I.P. screening includes an evaluation of:

VISUAL MEMORY - The ability to store and retrieve visual information.
VISUAL CONCENTRATION - The ability to maintain a visual task without distraction.
REVERSALS FREQUENCY - Confusing letters (b,d,p,q)
VISUAL INTEGRATION - The ability to combine visual input with other sensory or past inputs.
MOTOR SPEED AND PRECISION - Eye-hand coordination
ACUITY DEFECTS - Near-sightedness, far-sightedness, astigmatism
EYE TEAMING / FOCUSING SKILLS - The ability to maintain clear and single vision at distance and near for prolonged periods of time. without discomfort or abnormal effort.
VISUAL DISCRIMINATION - The ability to determine if two shapes, colors, sizes, positions, or distances are the same or different.
VISUAL STYLE - The evaluation of how a person performs a visual task in relation to accuracy, speed, and energy used.

V.I.P. Directors

Kenneth D. Gallinger O.D., has had extensive clinical experience with children during his twelve years of active duty in the U.S. Army and in private practice for 25 years. He has screened thousands of school children for vision problems. He also worked closely with the Child Study Committee of the Department of Defense Schools to assist children with visual and learning related problems. In addition, Dr. Gallinger has served on the adjunt faculty of four U.S. optometry schools training student externs in clinical skills. He is dedicated to preserving your eyesight and assisting children in reaching their maximum potential. His associates are trained to deliver the same throrough and professional eyecare.

Maureen Travers is the administrator of the Vision Improvement Program. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Master of Education degree have provided her with excellent training for this position. She has ten years experience teaching children with learning disabilities and has worked extensively with developmental programs at the primary level.