Some visual conditions cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses and/or patching, and are best resolved through a program of Vision Therapy. If we feel vision therapy may be of benefit then we will use our V.I.P. (visual information processing) testing to determine what specific therapy will work best and allow us to monitor improvement.
Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control:
- eye alignment
- eye tracking and eye teaming
- eye focusing abilities
- eye movements
- visual processing.
Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient's newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.
Unlike other forms of exercise, the goal of Optometric Vision Therapy is not to strengthen eye muscles. Your eye muscles are already incredibly strong. The goal is to implement better control of these eye muscles and/or more efficient processing of visual information. Optometric vision therapy is supported by ongoing evidence-based scientific research. Read the latest research published on optometric vision therapy.
Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?
Children and adults with visual challenges, such as:
- Learning-related Vision Problems
Vision Therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning (i.e., eye movement and focusing skills, convergence, eye-hand activity, visual memory skills, etc.).
- Convergence Insufficiency
(common near vision problem) This is a disorder that can affect a person's ability to read, learn, and work at near. Many children with 20/20 vision still suffer from Convergence Insufficiency and struggle with reading. Scientific research done by the National Eye Institute and Mayo Clinic have proven that in-office Vision Therapy is the best treatment for Convergence Insufficiency.
- Amblyopia (lazy eye), Diplopia (double vision), and Strabismus (crossed-eyes, wandering eye, or eye turn)
These conditions can cause a reduction in vision if they are not treated correctly. Vision Therapy is an effective non-surgical treatment for these conditions to build new eye-coordination skills. If your child has been diagnosed with Amblyopia and you are tired of patching, there are other options such as eye drops or contact lenses. Come let our doctors discuss the options that are best for your child.
- Visual Rehabilitation
Vision can be compromised as a result of trauma to the nervous system. Vision Therapy and optical devices such as prisms can effectively treat the consequences of brain trauma including double vision.