Vision therapy is a highly effective, individualized, supervised, progressive treatment program of visual procedures designed to correct vision problems that interfere with the ability to carry out visual tasks efficiently and easily. The therapy can also improve visual function for individuals with lazy eye, and help athletes to improve their game.
Vision therapy includes sessions designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control our eye movement skills (such as fixation, pursuit, and saccadic jumps), focusing skills, binocularity skills and depth perception.
Each program is designed to suit the specific needs of the individual, both in terms of their visual profile and their goals. Diagnostic testing, training procedures and the use of lenses and prisms may be integral components of the successful treatment of a vision problem. The frequency of consultation, the amount of home training and the duration of a course of vision therapy will vary depending on the nature and severity of the problem being treated and the specific needs of the patient.
During the final stages of the therapy, the patient’s newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with movement and cognitive (or thinking) tasks.
In short, Vision Therapy is prescribed to:
- teach the individual to develop or improve fundamental visual skills
- improve visual comfort, ease and efficiency
- change how a patient processes visual information
Who Needs Vision Therapy?
Patients who require Vision Therapy generally have the following visual challenges:
Stress-induced visual problems: Most of us are now living in a hightech environment where we need to do large amount of near work in front of a computer screen, tablet, i-Pad and or smart phone. Because of this, there is an increasing number of people that experience eyestrain, headaches, double vision and other visually related difficulties.
Learning related visual problems: Poor eye teaming, focusing, tracking, visualization skills can all negatively impact on our reading, writing and learning abilities. Many that are diagnosed with reading disabilities such as ADHD and dyslexia fall into this category.
Eye turn (Strabismus) or Lazy eye (Amblyopia): Crossed eyes and lazy eyes can be treated with vision therapy instead of the conventional surgery, glasses or patching. Most surgeries alter geometry and produce scar tissue. Functional cure rates of vision therapy for strabismus and amblyopia are higher than surgery, and the prognosis is better if they have not had any surgery. Vision therapy itself is a form of neurological training, it is non invasive and it helps us to see and direct the two eyes more with our brain and improves depth perception.
Visual rehabilitation for special populations: A neurological disorder or trauma to the nervous system can affect a person’s vision. This includes those who have traumatic brain injuries, whiplash, strokes, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and other neurological ailments.
Sports Vision: Even good vision can become better. Athletes often use vision therapy to improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, central-peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking and visualization skills. Our office is pleased to offer treatment programs for those whose vision issues go beyond simple eyewear requirements.