Visual Processing Disorders are a group of mental disorders that affect the visual and motor abilities.
A visual disorder may cause you to have trouble focusing on an object, have trouble forming images or see objects differently than others.
If you have any of these conditions, you can experience a number of strange visual and/or motor effects.
You may have trouble seeing things clearly, and sometimes even if you do, it may be hard to recognize what you are seeing.
You might also have trouble thinking clearly and/our ability to reason may be impaired.
In fact, in the United States, more than 6.2 million people have a visual disorder.
Visual disorders often affect people of all ages, including adults.
People with visual disorders have trouble recognizing the world around them.
You can find out more about what a visual impairment is in the Visual Disorders and Visual Health section of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
What causes Visual Processing Disabilities?
Visual Processing disorders often come on suddenly, or in the last year.
They often develop suddenly when you start taking medication for depression or anxiety.
Visual processing disorders can also come on when you have an underlying mental disorder such as bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder or posttraumatic stress disorder.
If your symptoms are suddenly severe, they can last for years.
Your doctor may prescribe medications that will help your vision.
But your vision may not return to normal until the condition is resolved.
In some cases, your doctor may recommend that you go to the doctor for a complete vision evaluation.
A complete vision exam can help your doctor figure out if you have a mental illness or if you are at high risk of developing a visual problem.
For more information, see Understanding vision problems.
What are the signs and symptoms of Visual Processing Disability?
A visual impairment usually begins with an inability to see objects or people clearly.
If this is the first time you have experienced a visual disability, your vision will usually improve gradually.
A gradual improvement may include: You can see better.
Some people can see with good vision for longer than others, and people with visual impairment have a wider field of vision than people with normal vision.