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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 an individualized supervised treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control:
- Eye Alignment
- Eye Teaming
- Eye Focusing abilities
- Eye Movements and/or Visual Processing
Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient’s newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.
Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?
Children and adults with visual challenges, such as:
1. Vision-related Learning 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.
- To learn more about vision-related learning problems, visit any of these web pages on reading, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, tracking or convergence insufficiency.
2. Poor Binocular 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.).
- To learn more about binocular vision, visit these web pages on 3D vision and depth perception, convergence insufficiency or The Framing Game.
3. Strabismus and Amblyopia
- Vision Therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for strabismus (turned eyes or crossed eyes) and/or amblyopia (lazy eye) when compared to eye surgery, glasses and/or patching without therapy. The earlier the patient receives Vision Therapy the better, however, our office has successfully treated patients well past 21 years of age.
- To learn more about Vision Therapy and eye turns or lazy eye, visit strabismus.org and children-special-needs.org.
- Treatment of bilateral refractive amblyopia in children three to less than 10 years of age.
- Stability of visual acuity improvement following discontinuation of amblyopia treatment in children aged 7 to 12 years.
- A randomized trial to evaluate 2 hours of daily patching for strabismic and anisometropic amblyopia in children.
- Treatment of anisometropic amblyopia in children with refractive correction.
- Randomized trial of treatment of amblyopia in children aged 7 to 17 years.
- Two-year follow-up of a 6-month randomized trial of atropine vs patching for treatment of moderate amblyopia in children.
4. Stress-induced Visual Difficulties
- 21st century lifestyles demand more from our vision than ever before. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can induce headaches and/or visual difficulties which can be effectively treated with corrective lenses and/or Vision Therapy.
- To learn more about Computer Vision Syndrome, visit doctorergo.com.
5. Stress-induced Visual Difficulties
- 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 trauma (including double vision) when all other treatments have failed.
6. 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 measure and successfully improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking and visualization skills (to mention just a few).
Vision Therapy can be the answer to many visual problems. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions. To read definitions of Vision Therapy by outside sources, visit Eye Q Vision Therapy as well as children-special-needs.org.