+ what is vision therapy?
Vision Therapy is brain-based exercises to guide the visual system into a more efficient pattern. You can think of it as physical therapy for the eyes; we are teaching the visual system to function in a better way.
+ who can benefit from vision therapy?
We believe, and have seen in our practice, that visual deficits are not permanent and can be rehabilitated. We have success in treating the following cases with vision therapy:
- Lazy eye or Amblyopia
- Convergence or eye teaming difficulties
- Double vision
- Learning-related vision difficulties
- Eye tracking difficulties
- Visual perceptual difficultes
- Visual rehabilitation after head injury or stroke
- Sports vision enhancement
+ WHAT DOES A TYPICAL VISION THERAPY SESSION LOOK LIKE?
At our office, visits are scheduled for 1 hour, in a one-on-one setting with the patient and one of our vision therapists. The patient will work through different exercises based on his/her individual diagnoses. Some of these exercises will be computer-based, but many are in free space, teaching the eyes and the brain in its natural environment. During the last 5-10 minutes of the session, the parent or caregiver will be included to review progress and demonstrate home vision therapy activities for the week.
Some of our patients drive a great distance for the specialty services provided at the Center for Vision & Learning. It may not be possible to attend vision therapy each week. In those cases, your doctor may also be able to prescribe a customized home-based vision therapy program.
+ CAN VISION THERAPY CURE DYSLEXIA?
We see many patients who exhibit symptoms similar to dyslexia. A functional vision exam will establish whether the problem is a visual one. There are cases in which a person had both dyslexia and a visual problem. In these cases, vision therapy should be part of a multi-disciplinary approach. Vision therapy does not cure dyslexia, but vision therapy can help improve visual perceptual skills, visual efficiency, and visual processing. Our approach, however, will allow a person to be more responsive to educational instruction. This often improves academic performance and reduces frustration.
+ CAN VISION THERAPY CURE ADD/ADHD?
Vision therapy does not cure attention problems, but many children diagnosed with ADHD also have eye teaming and tracking difficulties. Once we eliminate these vision problems, attention often increases markedly in the classroom and homework environment. Some of our patients find that they are able to discontinue medications after they have completed an in-office vision therapy program.
+ HOW DOES VISION THERAPY DIFFER FROM OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Occupational Therapy performed on the eyes helps to strengthen the muscles by increasing the strength and range of movement. Vision Therapy (VT) is a sequence of therapeutic procedures that help to develop efficient visual skills and processing. VT is individually prescribed according to the unique needs of each patient and is monitored by an eye doctor. A VT program can include the use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments, and computer programs as well physical exercises that help to improve the strength and effectiveness of the eyes. Through Vision Therapy, patients learn to process and interpret visual information while learning to use their visual abilities in a new way.