Vision therapy is an individualized treatment program designed to enhance general visual skills, oculomotor skills and visual perception. Involving procedures, exercises and corrective lenses, vision therapy is a custom-designed approach to enhance the brain’s ability to control eye alignment, eye tracking and teaming, eye focusing abilities, eye movements, and visual processing.
Is your child learning up to his or her potential? General visual skills (such as accommodation and convergence), can affect a child’s ability to gain information critical for learning. Reading, writing, spelling and math all require keen visual attention. Though your child may have 20/20 visual acuity, he or she may have poor visual functioning.
How does Vision Therapy work?
Vision therapy works by enhancing and maximizing visual skills necessary for identifying, processing and utilizing visual information in our environment. Through training and practice, visual behavior becomes both accurate and automatic.
Children and adults with a wide variety of visual challenges can benefit from Vision Therapy:
- Children with average or above-average intelligence who aren’t learning or participating in school up to their potential. They avoid homework and reading, and may be experiencing double vision, fatigue after school, poor board copy, and headaches or eye strain
- Poor binocular (two-eyed) coordination
- Convergence insufficiency (common near-vision disorder) – Vision therapy has been proven to be the most effective treatment of convergence insufficiency
- Lazy eye (amblyopia), double vision (diplopia), and strabismus (including crossed eyes, wandering eye, eye turns, etc.) – Vision Therapy offers much higher cure rates for turned eyes and lazy eye when compared to eye surgery, glasses, or patching without therapy. The earlier a person receives Vision Therapy the better, but VT can successfully treat adult patients as well.