We offer optometric vision therapy for the treatment of eye conditions, learning related visual problems and to increase visual performance.
Vision therapy is the area of optometric care devoted to developing, improving and enhancing visual performance. Vision therapy can benefit individuals of all ages. It is a very effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities. Unlike other forms of exercise, the goal of optometric vision therapy is not to strengthen eye muscles. Your eye muscles are already incredibly strong. Instead, vision therapy improves eye coordination, focusing ability and visual processing.
Vision therapy trains the entire visual system which includes eyes and the brain. It is important to understand that vision therapy is a form of neurological training or rehabilitation (it can be compared to some forms of occupational therapy or physical therapy). The goal of vision therapy is to train the patient’s brain to use the eyes to receive information effectively, comprehend it quickly and react appropriately. Vision therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control eye alignment, eye movements, focusing abilities, and eye teamwork (binocular vision). Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms and filters.
Vision therapy should not be confused with any self-directed program of eye exercises marketed to the public. Optometric vision therapy is supported by evidence-based scientific research. Although, ophthalmologists are wonderful surgeons and excellent authorities on eye disease, some do not recommend vision therapy due to a lack of formal training on this type of treatment.
Many children have learning or reading problems and have been told that their eyes are healthy and that glasses aren’t necessary, but they continue to struggle. Be sure to schedule a comprehensive eye examination for your child to be sure they are not being limited by the performance of their eyes.