Vision Therapy is a visual rehabilitation service our office provides to help patients who have difficulties with how their eyes work together as a pair. The goal of vision therapy is to remove the visual barriers to visually-demanding tasks such as school, work, sports, etc. Vision Therapy is similar to physical therapy, except it concentrates on the patient’s eye teaming skills and efficiencies within the visual system. This service integrates clarity of vision (visual acuity) and two-eyed (binocular) function so that our brain can focus on the meaning of what we see, instead of wasting our attention on how we can see it.
More specifically, Vision Therapy is a sequence of office and home-based treatment procedures that are individually prescribed and monitored by the doctor to improve visual efficiency and visual processing. Vision therapy is typically prescribed following a comprehensive evaluation of the visual system.
Why Vision Therapy?
Many patients describe symptoms of eye strain, headaches, and trouble focusing or paying attention to their eye care professional. These issues are often related to either eye teaming (vergence) or eye focusing (accommodative) problems. Vergence and accommodative dysfunctions comprise numerous diagnoses, all of which translate to a generalized difficulty for the eyes to work properly together. Since these conditions have little relation to clarity of vision, they are often overlooked by patients or eye care professionals and therefore under-diagnosed. In fact, it is estimated between 15% and 30% of school-aged children, and 13% of university students have an underlying binocular vision disorder which can significantly hinder their academic performance. Vergence and accommodative dysfunctions are also thought to influence behavior in the classroom, and can sometimes mimic symptoms commonly associated with ADD and ADHD. When receiving a quality comprehensive eye exam by a pediatric and binocular vision specialist, vergence and accommodative dysfunction are a few of the major categories of diagnostic scrutiny. At The Eyesite, we have two residency-trained doctors that provide our vision therapy services.
We provide complete diagnostic and therapeutic care for children and adults with these type of vision problems.
Eye teaming (Vergence Dysfunction, Strabismus or Amblyopia)
Eye focusing (Accommodative)
Learning-related vision problems
Visual information processing
Computer-related vision problems
Acquired brain injury-related vision problems
What to expect during a Vision Therapy Session?
Your Vision Therapy program is based on the needs of the patient in coordination with standardized tests and examination results that are pertinent to your visual difficulties. With your tailored program, we can utilize lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments and computer programs to integrate your newly learned visual skills in your everyday life. Typically, vision therapy is administered as a combination of in-office visits combined with daily prescribed home-based vision therapy procedures.
In-Office therapy is designed to make the patient aware of their visual deficiencies under controlled conditions. Using our Socratic feedback process, the patient is educated on strategies to improve their visual performance.
Home therapy is targeted at hardening the newly learned visual skills that were developed in-office. The goal for all therapy is to teach our patients the skills they need to make this newly-developed conscious visual perception more automatic in nature.