What is Vision Therapy?
Vision Therapy is a treatment methodology used to improve visual function. It includes a broad range of developmental and rehabilitative therapies individually prescribed to address specific sensory motor and/or visual perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision therapy sessions are planned to enhance the brain’s ability to control eye alignment, movement, teaming, focusing and/or visual processing. All treatment plans are based on a patient’s age, ability and capacity to participate.
Vision therapy can correct a wide variety of vision disorders including a fast-progressing prescription, a “lazy eye”, limited peripheral vision or depth perception. It can even help with eye-hand coordination, overall school performance, computer vision, eye comfort, and directionality (knowing your rights and lefts!).
Every Vision Therapy program must begin with a comprehensive vision examination. After the evaluation, an eye care professional can advise the patient on whether Vision Therapy is a viable option.
What is involved in a Vision Therapy program?
Vision therapy programs are typically comprised of in-office therapy sessions once a week for 50 minutes each visit. In addition, home reinforcement is prescribed to build upon the office therapy sessions. Commitment to the therapy program and maintaining a schedule of weekly visits is important in the success of the program. Our behavioral optometrist will monitor weekly progress and adjust the program according to your development each week.
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Having Perfect Eyesight May Not Mean You Have Perfect Vision!
Sight is not only comprised of the images one sees, but also involves neurologic activity that processes the visual information sent to the brain. Good eyesight is the capacity to see clearly; good vision is the ability to recognize, understand, interpret and act on what is seen. One’s eyesight may be within normal limits using a standard eye chart; yet, a person’s visual skills may be significantly impaired. These impairments can range from simple refractive (eyeglass) conditions to more complex problems of the eye.