What Are the Benefits of Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy can benefit both kids and adult patients. Vision therapy can relieve headaches, dizziness, and eyestrain and improve performance at work or in school. It can also contribute to reduced stress levels.




What Is Vision Therapy?



Vision Therapy develops and improves visual skills and visual performance. Visual therapy improves visual efficiency which eases symptoms and provides comfort. It can also improve the processing and interpretation of visual information. 


Treatment consists of supervised exercises. You may need to perform these exercises over several weeks or months in the office and at home. It may also involve the use of various tools. These tools may include training glasses, filters, prisms, balance boards, and virtual reality programs. 




Who Can Vision Therapy Benefit?



This form of therapy can benefit kids and adults with various visual challenges. These may include:
 

 

  • Learning-related vision problems
     

  • Poor binocular vision or accommodation
     

  • Strabismus and lazy eye
     

  • Stress-induced visual challenges
     

  • Visual problems resulting from brain trauma or neurological disorders
     

  • Sports vision enhancement
     

  • Eyestrain, headaches, and dizziness

 


 

Benefits of Vision Therapy



Vision correction through an eye doctor’s prescription is crucial to improving eyesight. Also, the detection and management of eye diseases can ensure ongoing eye health. Yet, most eyecare services may not assess or address some functional vision issues. Many people, especially kids, benefit from vision therapy for various conditions. Some of the benefits of undergoing this type of therapy include:




Optimization of the Eye-Brain Connection



Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the eyes. It can help promote visual efficiency and strengthen various aspects of your vision. It goes beyond eye muscle strengthening and orthoptics. The aim of vision therapy is to optimize the eye-brain connection, visual skills, and visual perception.




It Addresses Vision-related Learning Problems



To be clear, vision therapy does not address all learning problems. It is successful at addressing learning issues that have a visual component. This therapy strengthens eye-brain communication. Eye focusing, convergence, eye movements, visual memory, and visual perception should improve after therapy allowing for improved school performance. 




Decreased Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome



Do you spend all day staring at a digital screen? If you do, you may experience headaches and eyestrain, among other visual issues. Vision therapy can help decrease symptoms of computer vision syndrome and improve visual stamina and work efficiency




What to Expect



Before starting this form of therapy, your eye doctor will perform a Functional eye exam. They will assess your symptoms, evaluate the visual function, determine the condition you or your child has and provide the appropriate solution. Based on the diagnosis, your eye doctor may work on eye focusing, eye teaming, eye alignment, and eye movements during your therapy sessions. 


If you or your child are experiencing symptoms or are not performing up to potential, it is important to rule out a vision problem by scheduling a Functional eye exam.



For more on vision therapy, call Clarendon Vision Development Center in Westmont, Illinois at (630) 323-7300 to discuss your candidacy or to book an appointment today.

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