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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.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision Therapy is a sequence of procedures customized to a given patient and designed to remediate functional and or developmental problems. Our brains are responsible for creating our visual experiences based upon the input from our eyes. Connections within our brains are created and refined throughout the early years of life and it is during these times that change is more easily obtained, BUT, the old thinking that after the age of 7 or 8 change is not possible has been disproven. Our brains remain alterable throughout life.
The key to Vision Therapy is setting up situations that support the change required to overcome these problems. Vision Therapy Programs consist of in-office and home procedures. We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with many children and adults with problems affecting them severely in school and/or at work and have had tremendous success in remediating these concerns.
Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual, visual-motor and/or visual perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to improve and control:
Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized therapeutic activities as well as optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During therapy, visual skills are developed and then reinforced until they become automatic facilitating improved function whether in academics or in the workplace.
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.).
Poor Binocular (2-eyed) Coordination
Vision Therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (reading, sports, depth perception, eye contact, etc.).
Strabismus ( eye turns )and Amblyopia ( lazy eye )
Vision Therapy Programs offer an excellent and frequently preferable alternative to surgery for eye turns in many cases. The earlier the patient receives Vision Therapy the better, however, our office has successfully treated patients well past 21 years of age.
Stress-Induced Visual Difficulties
21st-century lifestyles demand more from our vision than ever before. Children and adults in our technological society constantly use their near vision at work and at home. C.V.S. (Computer Vision Syndrome) is one of the fastest-growing health concerns in the workplace today. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can induce eyestrain, headaches, and/or visual difficulties which can be effectively treated with corrective lenses and/or Vision Therapy.
Visual Rehabilitation for Special Populations
Vision can be compromised as a result of neurological disorders or trauma to the nervous system (such as traumatic brain injuries, stroke, whiplash, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, etc.). Vision Therapy can effectively treat the visual consequences of these conditions.
Sports Vision Improvement
Strong visual skills are critical to sports success. Not much happens in sports until your eyes instruct your hands and body as to what to do! Accurate vision and athletic visual skills can be measured, developed, and enhanced through Vision Therapy. We can measure and successfully improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking, and visualization skills
Vision Therapy can be the answer to many visual problems. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.