How well a person can see isn't just limited to whether or not they need glasses. It also involves a multitude of connections between the eyes and various parts of the brain. If those connections are weak or improperly wired then it can cause just as much (if not more) destruction to an individual's visual performance. This is where Vision Therapy comes into the equation.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a doctor-supervised, non-surgical and customized program of visual activities designed to correct certain vision problems and/or improve visual skills.
Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses, which simply compensate for vision problems, or eye surgery which alters the anatomy of the eye or surrounding muscles, vision therapy aims to "teach" the visual system to correct itself. Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the visual system, including the eyes and the parts of the brain that control vision. The use of prisms, filters, computerized visual activities and non-medical "tools," such as balance boards, metronomes and other devices can play an important role in a customized vision therapy program.
It is important to note that vision therapy is not defined by a simple list of tools and techniques. Successful vision therapy outcomes are achieved through a therapeutic process that depends on the active engagement of the prescribing doctor, the vision therapist, the patient and (in the case of children) their parents.
Overall, the goal of vision therapy is to treat vision problems that cannot be treated successfully with eyeglasses, contact lenses and/or surgery alone, and help people achieve clear, comfortable binocular vision.
The First step to any Optometric Vision Therapy program is a comprehensive eye exam by a behavioral optometrist. Following a thorough evaluation, a qualified vision care professional can advise you whether you are a good candidate for Optometric Vision Therapy and/or whether Optometric Vision Therapy is appropriate treatment for you.
Signs of Vision Problems
A student questionaire is filled out for students because vision and learnging are related! If you have an upcoming appointment, you can see the link on the left to fill this out before you come in.
Vision Therapy in Action!
During vision therapy we use lenses, prism and different exercises to stimulate the visual processing system.
A condition in which the person has difficulty bringing their eyes inward, at near, for skills such as reading.
Do you have difficulty following objects, losing your place when reading, using your finger/marker when reading or poor eye/hand coordination?
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
Amblyopia (lazy eye) is the loss or lack of development of vision in an eye that is unrelated to any eye health problem. The brain does not acknowledge the images seen by the amblyopic eye. Reduced vision due to amblyopia is not correctable with lenses alone.
Strabismus is an eye turn or misalignment of one or both eyes in which they point in different directions.
Brain Injury Patients
A variety of visual disabilities are associated with brain injury and stroke.
Sports Vision Therapy
Athletes performance can be affected due to issues with the visual system.