Good vision requires your eyesight, visual pathways, and brain to all work together. When they don’t, even a person with 20/20 eyesight can experience difficulty reading, writing, and processing information.Here we will provide you with a complete overview of what we do here at the Vision Therapy Center.
Definition of Vision Therapy
Vision therapy helps the patient develop the visual skills necessary for good vision. Optical devices and exercises are used to improve the eye-brain connection in order to make eye movements easier and more efficient. The patient learns how to correctly process the visual information that the brain receives from the eyes.
Vision therapy can range from one session to 2-3 months and involves office visits combined with at-home activities.
Who needs Vision Therapy?
Patients who require vision therapy generally have the following visual challenges:
- Learning-related visual problems: Conditions such as poor eye teaming, focusing, tracking and visualization skills can all negatively affect learning.
- Crossed Eye (Strabismus) or Lazy Eye (Amblyopia):Crossed eyes and or lazy eyes can be treated with Vision Therapy instead of conventional surgery, glasses or patching. Vision Therapy is very effective for these conditions at an early age, but can yield results for patients of any age.
- Stress-induced vision problems: Our high-tech society requires many people to do a large volume of near work in front of a computer screen. Because of this, there is an increasing number of patients that experience eyestrain, headaches and other visual related difficulties.
- Visual rehabilitation for special populations (strokes, brain injuries, developmental delays, multiple sclerosis, etc.): A neurological disorder or trauma to the nervous system can affect a person’s vision. This includes people who have traumatic brain injuries, strokes, whiplash, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological ailments.
- Sports vision improvement: Even good vision can become better. Athletes often use Vision Therapy to improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking and visualization skills.
What Outcomes can You Expect from Vision Therapy?
When the eyes move, align, fixate and focus together, a whole new world of vision is discovered. With successful treatment, our patients may find that:
- Learning becomes easier
- Reading level and speed increases
- Time spent on homework decreases
- The ability to follow moving objects (a ball, a car) improves
- Seeing objects nearby or at a distance improves
- Visualizing mental images becomes easier
The rate at which patients experience these improvements will vary, but generally progress is seen early in the therapy programme