What We Do

Binocular Vision Disorder (BVD) is best described as a failure of the eyes to not work and perform as a team in relaying information to the brain. Typically, one eye will tire while the individual is trying to focus; meaning that the eye will wander or drift from the individuals intended focus point. This tiring causes significant difficulties such as double vision, blurriness, fatigue, clumsiness, visual perceptual problems, and stereo blindness. The real challenge in the life of a child or person suffering from these symptoms is that persons inability to learn. The impact on a child's ability to read, focus, retain, or comprehend topics that are introduced becomes monumental.

Our Mission

FYF is dedicated to the detection of BVD in early school-aged children. It is our stated goal and purpose to promote screening and early detection of a possible BVD in young children before they advance out of elementary school.

The Foundation is also dedicated to creating awareness within schools and among the public of common eye tracking issues that very often go undeteced. Studies show that 1 out of every 4 children in public schools struggle with one or more BVD symptoms. Further, and most telling, studies show that 1 of every 2 children currently in Special Education or Resource programs are affected by BVD.

Identify Undetected Eye Disorders

Typical eye exams test for 20/20 vision and do not adequately test or diagnose eye tracking disorders such as Convergence Insufficiency. Typical Eye screenings performed by both Optometrists and at school are not designed to discover the existence of BVD.

One of our primary objectives is to encourage schools/districts to perform simple non-evasive testing in order to identify any BVDs children may be suffering from.

Treatment Assistance

Once a child has been diagnosed with a BVD, getting the right treatment in most cases, can take care of the problem. Since BVDs aren't treated by most eye doctors, FYF is committed to helping families identify specialists in their area who can provide the specialized treatment necessary to correct the BVD they suffer from.

See FIND A SPECIALIST page on the Main Menu

The cost associated with BVD therapy may vary on the individual's needs and length of treatment. Unfortunately, some insurance companies will not cover treatment. One of FYF's objectives is to create an endowment fund that could assist certain cases based on individual hardships.