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Vision TherapyMany vision problems do not require surgery for correction. In these situations, vision therapy is typically an option. Vision therapy is a form of physical therapy used to improve the functioning of the eyes and their integration with the brain. It is designed to resolve vision problems that can contribute to learning disabilities, cause misalignment of the eyes and visual inefficiencies (such as poor tracking skills) . Therapy also works to improve visual processing and integration. This therapy is used as an effective treatment for problems like lazy eye, crossed eyes, or double vision.

Common Questions about Vision Therapy

There is more to vision therapy than simply strengthening the eyes. It also enhances the neurological connections between the eyes and the brain. Eyes are the windows of the brain. It directly influences sight based on how it interprets images received. A healthy connection between the eyes and the brain is essential for good eyesight.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the nature of vision therapy:

How does vision therapy work?

It uses progressive vision exercises performed under the supervision of your eye care provider. Each set of exercises is tailored to meet the individual visual needs of a patient. These exercises are done 1-2 times per week in sessions lasting 40 minutes. The exercises are designed to continue until improvement in acuity, alignment, tracking and visual processing problems show improvement and these skills are embedded as the default system in the future.*

What is the purpose of the vision exercises?

Vision therapy is not based on strengthening eye muscles, *instead we work to improve the functioning and integration of eye movements. Because the visual system's nerve pathways are spread throughout the brain, head injuries often affect the eyes. *

Do these exercises simply strengthen eye muscles?

Nothing about vision therapy is centered on strengthening eye muscles. These muscles can be strengthened through orthoptics if they need strengthening. This therapy is all about improving vision problems that may interfere with learning by strengthening the neurological pathways between the eyes and the brain.

What is the first step in a vision therapy program?

A comprehensive vision exam is necessary before starting therapy. Following the exam, your eye care provider can determine whether or not this type of therapy is the recommended treatment for your vision problems.

Is there scientific evidence that it really works?

It does work. Studies on vision therapy show it is effective in improving the lives of patients. Data shows that this therapy can improve visual function enough to keep it from interfering *and significantly improve a patient's ability to absorb information and learn. *In resolving visual dysfunctions that result from TBI and stroke,this therapy is an extremely effective therapy in eliminating double vision, blurry vision and poor tracking skills that are part of Post-Concussive Syndrome and Post-Traumatic Brain Injury Vision Syndrome.

Who typically needs vision therapy?

It can be a useful tool for helping children and adults alike. Children with learning or reading problems can benefit from the vision boost these exercises provide. Adults with longstanding visual problems and acute problems alike, will benefit from treatment. Eyeglasses are not the solution when the problem is visual processing. These problems can't be detected without tests done by an eye doctor. Adults can see vision improvement through this therapy as well. It can help curb eye-strain related vision processing problems brought on by working with computers all day.