At Child and Family Vision Center, we are dedicated to assisting patients with numerous visual problems. Some of the various vision complaints we can help with include double vision, variable blurry vision, eye strain or fatigue, issues with eye movements (tracking problems), as well as crossed eyes, lazy eyes, and residual vision issues after concussions or more significant brain injuries. We utilize various technologies and tools in order to achieve the best results for each of our patients. By working one-on-one with our patients, we learn about each patient’s individual needs and expectations, and are able to develop a treatment plan designed to elicit the best possible results.
What is Vision Therapy & How Does It Work?
Vision therapy is a series of exercises and activities that are designed to improve how the brain and eyes work together and communicate. When we refer to “exercises”, this does not necessarily mean we are trying to strengthen your eye muscles specifically, as they are typically already as strong as they need to be. The types of exercises for your eyes in vision therapy are meant to assist in improving your vision, and how the brain tells the eyes how to move and work together. One can think of it as physical therapy or occupational therapy, but specifically for the eyes and brain. Vision therapy is a non-surgical treatment to address various vision issues including convergence insufficiency or convergence excess, tracking issues (oculomotor dysfunction), problems with focusing/clarity of vision, amblyopia and strabismus (lazy/crossed eyes), and visual processing issues.
Visual Processing & Perception Therapy
Therapy to address visual processing and perception problems works to improve how the brain uses the information the eyes send to the brain. Vision therapy works to enhance visual discrimination (the ability to visually see differences between objects), visual figure ground (the ability to separate an object from a background, like hidden pictures), and visual memory (the ability to retain visual information.)
How do you know if someone needs vision therapy?
There are some common complaints or concerns that can be a sign of a vision issue that therapy could help with. As stated above, things like double vision, blurry vision, headaches, tired eyes, crossed or lazy eyes, problems keeping one’s place when reading, poor hand writing, or even avoiding reading or writing can all be signs of a vision issue.
Do you help with learning disabilities or dyslexia?
For many of the patients we see, there are concerns about learning disabilities or dyslexia. Although we do not diagnose or treat these specific issues, there is often a vision problem present that can ultimately make it more challenging or difficult to read and learn effectively. We do not claim to specifically treat reading or learning disorders, but many patients that we treat do see improvement in their ability to read and learn. If there are continued concerns after going through vision therapy, we can refer patients for further evaluation if necessary.
In addition, vision is overlooked for many of these patients, because they have been told they see 20/20, so there is not a problem. However, how one sees is different from their vision. If your eyes do not work together as a team, or there is poor control of the eyes by the brain, it can be a challenge to do things like read and write, even though you can “see” the letters or words.
It is important to note that all cases are not the same, therefore each case is taken on an individual basis. We have created a general blueprint for therapy that we believe is successful and provides the best results for our clients, but each patient’s therapy program is tailored to meet their specific needs. Therapy sessions are 45 minutes, one on one with our vision therapist, once or twice a week.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive vision and eye health examination. Once your examination is complete, we work with you to develop a custom vision therapy treatment plan that is designed to improve how your visual system functions. For more information regarding vision problems and vision therapy, visit www.covd.org.