About Vision Therapy
Wear glasses or contact lenses? While we may not remember so far back, but there was a time in everyone’s life, in our infancy, that we didn’t need glasses yet still found reading and basic visual activities tough to accomplish. For most, developing basic visual skills came naturally, where we could put together lines on a paper, fit round shapes into round holes, and catch a ball. However, there are some of us who continue to face visual challenges as they grow older, and without proper visual training from a vision therapist, these issues can develop into:
- Lazy Eye
- Crossed Eyes
- Double Vision
- Convergence Insufficiency
- Reading & Learning Disabilities
Note: Vision therapy is not a cure for disability. The aim behind vision therapy is solely to resolve visual problems.
The issue at hand is not as much a physical deficiency, but the disconnected between how our brain and eyes communicate. Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain, and is a highly effective, non-surgical treatment for the conditions above. By identifying and working through scientifically supported procedures under the supervision of an eye doctor, a patient can restore and improve their fundamental visual skills and abilities.
The connection between good vision and success in school is undisputed. Experts say that about 80 percent of what a student learns in school is information that is presented visually. We live in a visual world. So good vision is essential for a student of any age to reach his full potential and find success in the school setting.
If your child is not succeeding in school, ruling out vision problems should be one of your first steps. Our doctors have the skills and expertise to identify if a vision problem is interfering with your child’s ability to access information and participate fully in school and in after-school activities.
Your child may be nearsighted (can’t see far away objects like a blackboard), farsighted (can see objects that are close such as reading a book) and have an astigmatism (a blurring caused by the eyes inability to focus light appropriately).
Watch for these symptoms in conjunction with school challenges:
- Headaches or eye strain
- Blurred vision or double vision
- Crossed eyes or eyes that appear to move independently of each other
- Dislike or avoidance of reading and close work
- Short attention span during visual tasks
- Turning or tilting the head to use one eye only, or closing or covering one eye
- Placing the head very close to the book or desk when reading or writing
- Excessive blinking or rubbing the eyes
- Losing place while reading, or using a finger as a guide
- Slow reading speed or poor reading comprehension
- Poor eye-hand coordination
Having your student’s eyes checked is fast, easy and can relieve a lot of worries and guess work as you help to have him succeed in school.
Vision Therapy Program
Vision plays a crucial role throughout childhood and beyond. Yet many parents don't understand how vision helps their children develop appropriately.
Vision Therapy is an individualized program of therapy prescribed by an optometrist to improve the quality and/or efficiency of vision. This is different than the prescribing of glasses or contact lenses to improve one’s sight. Someone who has deficiencies in eye tracking, eye movement, focusing ability or eye coordination may experience reading as illustrated right. Typically vision therapy consists of weekly in-office visits with a Vision Therapist to work on activities and exercises prescribed by an optometrist as well as home exercises that are expected to be done 5 times a week.
The length of the Vision Therapy program is different for each individual; like any therapy program, there are varying results across individuals. If you or your child is struggling with reading, losing his/her place while reading or just not achieving to their highest potential discuss this with your optometrist.