Dr. Kenneth A. Lane, O.D.
Kenneth A. Lane, O.D., founded the Lane Learning Center in Lewisville, Texas to help learning-disabled children with vision therapy. Vision therapy is specifically directed toward resolving visual problems that interfere with reading, learning, and educational instruction.
Dr. Lane became interested in vision therapy when he graduated from optometry school. He had seen a demonstration of a machine (the eye trac) that recorded children’s eye movements before and after they had vision therapy. The improvement in their eye movements and reading speeds was dramatic, and to help children, he dedicated his optometric practice to vision therapy.
In the early years of his practice, the medical community resisted vision therapy, saying that visual exercises were a waste of time. Many times a parent would schedule an evaluation for his or her child, only to cancel it after receiving advice to do so from an ophthalmologist or pediatrician. Developmental optometrists persevered, however, knowing that through vision therapy, children would have better lives if their reading skills improved.
Dr. Lane writes: “Reading is more complicated than most people think. It is not as easy as seeing a word and then finding that word stored in the brain. And learning to read is much more than learning phonics. The key to understanding how to help children with reading difficulties is to understand other concepts such as eye tracking and spatial attention.”
When children were re-tested after completing vision therapy, three things were noticeable. The first was that their reading speed improved, the second was that their visual attention improved, and the third was that their ability to copy geometric shapes, which is a visual motor function, improved.
Dr. Lane explains: “What I could not understand was why copying geometric shapes improved. My training program did not spend much time on this; it was mainly designed to improve eye tracking—the ability to move one’s eyes quickly across a line of print, which is what we do when we read. To get answers, I did some research and found that the areas of the brain that deal with eye tracking are also involved with visual-spatial attention and visual motor activities. Therefore, training eye tracking also trains visual attention and visual motor skills.”
The activities in Dr. Lane’s workbooks aim to improve reading speed and proficiency by training visual tracking, focused attention, visual scanning, and spatial attention. All of the activities are based on scientific research.
More about Dr. Lane:
Kenneth A. Lane, O.D., was raised in the Philadelphia area and served for four years in the Marine Corps after graduating from high school. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1969 and attended the University of Houston College of Optometry from 1973 to 1977. He founded the Lane Learning Center to help learning-disabled children in 1985.
· Optometrist, Texas License #2435T
· Private optometric practice since 1978
· Director of the Lane Learning Center, a multi-professional clinic for evaluating children with learning disabilities
· Awarded a Fellowship in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, 1995-1996
· Northeastern State University College of Optometry Adjunct Professor, 2005
· Voted Best Optometrist in Denton County in 1998
· Member of the Optometric Extension Program
· Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development
· Past member of the American Optometric Association
· Past member of the Texas Optometric Association
· Pediatric and Binocular Vision for the American Optometric Association, 1997-2002
· Past Chair of the Professional Task Force Committee, COVD, 1998-Present
· B.S. from the University of Delaware, 1969
· B.S. from the University of Houston, 1975
· Doctor of Optometry from the University of Houston, 1977
· “Dyslexia: A Better Understanding.” Optometric News, Vol. 4, Spring, 1984
· “Vision Processing and Reading.” Curriculum II, Optometric Extension Program, January 1985
· “Vision Processing and Reading.” Curriculum II, Optometric Extension Program, February 1985
· “Vision Processing and Reading.” Curriculum II, Optometric Extension Program, March 1985
· “Parents’ Satisfaction with Vision Therapy.” Journal of Behavioral Optometry, Vol. 6, No. 6, 1995
· Developing Ocular Motor and Visual Perception Skills, Slack, 2005
· Visual Attention in Children, Slack, 2012
· Reversal Errors: Theories and Therapy Procedures, Vision Extension, 1988
· Developing Your Child for Success, Learning Potentials Publishers, 1991