Vision therapy is a well researched and clinically proven treatment option that has been effective in improving the lives of people for generations.
What can vision therapy do? Vision therapy can improve clarity of vision, maintaining clear comfortable vision throughout the day. It can resolve double vision, it can improve eye tracking so that reading, and playing sports, and driving can be easier. It can help improve visual attention and memory. It can help improve depth perception, and awareness of space. It can improve head and body posture.
Vision therapy is more than just simple eye exercises — it improves brain-eye communication, and the efficiency of a person’s visual system.
Vision therapy is a fully customized and personalized treatment program designed to improve and strengthen visual skills, and re-train the visual system to interpret visual input with increased accuracy and ease.
Vision therapy typically includes specific programs to treat:
- Convergence Insufficiency
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Strabismus (crossed-eyes)
- Double vision
- Eye teaming and tracking problems
- Focusing difficulties
- Eye fatigue
- Depth perception and 3D vision difficulties
- Hand-eye coordination difficulties
- Visual perception and processing issues
How does vision therapy work?
Vision therapy consists of personalized exercises that make use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, and other equipment— aimed at developing visual skills and efficiently processing information from the visual system.
Is there an age limit to vision therapy?
No, there is no age limit.
Neuro-plasticity enables the brain to remain dynamic and flexible throughout your life. Visual function training used in vision therapy can be compared to riding a bike or playing an instrument, the more you practice or train, the stronger and more skillful you will become.
How quickly will you notice results?
Improved visual skills are often noticed after a few weeks.
However, each patient is different, and depending on their specific therapy regimen, it can take as little as a few weeks to up to six months to see the optimum results. Over the course of the program, your doctor will continue to assess your improvements in order to determine how many visits are needed to achieve the best results.
Can vision therapy influence academic performance?
Academic challenges for children with reduced visual skills arise on a daily basis.
Children with reduced visual skills will find it difficult to keep up with grade level reading or comprehension —as both of these tasks require functional vision skills that may be difficult for the child.
The child may also rush through an assignment to avoid blurry or double vision, headaches, and eye fatigue — resulting in careless mistakes which can impact their overall academic performance.
Additionally, a child with reduced visual skills may avoid reading, or may daydream during class, as the extra effort needed to focus and process visual information can cause headaches or fatigue.