The goal of a vision therapy treatment program is to develop, improve and enhance visual efficiency and visual perceptual skills. Once treated, a patient can benefit from a positive lifelong change in overall comfort, performance, and quality of life.
Vision therapy is designed to help patients of all ages and with various diagnoses. It greatly benefits children who struggle with school performance or emotional and behavioral challenges that are triggered by functional vision problems. It is also a critical treatment modality for our neuro-optometric patients. This includes adults seeking to improve visual efficiency for enhanced work performance, those who are suffering from post-concussion/traumatic brain injury symptoms and who are looking to get back to normal life, or those suffering from symptoms of dizziness and anxiety while driving.
One of the more common and better-known binocular vision conditions treated using vision therapy is called convergence insufficiency. It occurs when the eyes do not properly align during near work tasks such as reading or learning. When the visual system is fully functional, the eyes should naturally converge (turn inward together and align) while looking at a close object or reading, resulting in a single image.
Those who suffer from convergence insufficiency can experience double/overlapping or shadowy vision, eyestrain, headache, fatigue, and reduced reading comprehension. For children struggling with convergence insufficiency, this may also contribute to difficulty concentrating while reading and doing schoolwork. Adults with convergence insufficiency may notice they are transposing numbers or that their visual stamina is lacking causing a need for frequent visual breaks. Vision therapy is also prescribed for (but not limited to) the following:
Fortunately, treatment using vision therapy, results in improved success in school, work, and everyday life.
Our doctors and vision therapists address vision problems with individualized office-based vision therapy treatment programs that deliver the most effective results. We pride ourselves in utilizing the latest technology and proven methods to address patient’s visual challenges while keeping therapy engaging, enjoyable and productive.
An individualized vision therapy treatment program reorganizes neural pathways by building new synapses to enhance visual skills performance. The result is a fully functional vision system that continues to develop and improve as the patient uses their new vision.
Syntonic light therapy involves the use of customizable colored filters with different wavelength of lights that balance the autonomic nervous system through vision. Syntonic light therapy can be a great adjunct to vision therapy or a stand-alone treatment, especially for patients who suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
This engaging treatment modality using virtual reality technology is used as an adjunct to improve binocularity and visual function. Virtual reality is a unique approach to treatment that has been life changing for patients diagnosed with strabismus and amblyopia. It is a great way to engage patients of all ages and can be used in the clinic as well as for home therapy.
Low powered or prism glasses (aka performance lenses) can help support the development of the visual system and reduce visual stresses that otherwise lead to inefficient compensatory mechanisms. SHAW lenses support the development of binocularity and the overall visual system in the presence of unequal refractive error between two eyes.
Vision therapy unlocks a child’s potential when vision is a barrier to reading and learning. With improvements in reading, spelling, writing and even the ability to pay attention, patients, once again, become happy, confident children who are eager to learn.
Athletic performance improvements align with enhancements in visual skills such as eye tracking, eye teaming and eye focusing. A more efficient visual system translates to better reaction time, more accurate eye hand coordination and improved stamina.
Prolonged use of electronics and digital devices is exhausting on our visual systems. When we can no longer compensate for the increased demands, symptoms start to interfere with our performance. Work efficiency and visual stamina can be improved by wearing appropriate performance lenses that support visual stress relief or undergoing a vision therapy treatment program.
Vision, being our dominant sense, plays a critical role in how we function and how we feel. Therefore, treating the visual system to maximize its abilities has a positive impact on our overall wellbeing and how we engage with the world around us. This can translate to successes in school, regaining comfort while driving, or getting your life back after suffering a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI).