How can vision therapy help you?
A child or an adult may have 20/20 eyesight with or without glasses, but still have poor visual skills. Having 20/20 eyesight has little to do with how the brain is integrated, information is processed or how information is understood. The difference is critical. Poor visual skills are the most overlooked reason why a child may struggle in school as our eyes are the primary source for gathering information in learning.
The visual abilities are the skills which give us the power or the means to take in information through our eyes. The visual sensory system is composed of the following categories:
The good news is that these visual abilities are LEARNED skills. This means they can be developed and improved with optometric vision therapy. Through a series of progressive therapeutic procedures, the visual system and the visual control centers of the brain learn a new habit of how and when to respond automatically and efficiently.
Vision therapy is remarkably successful in rehabilitating all types of vision impairments including, but not limited to amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (eye deviations in, out or up), ocular motor problems, eye teaming and focusing problems. Vision therapy is much more successful for these kinds of diagnoses then surgery or glasses alone.
Patients typically come to the office once or twice weekly for 50 minutes each visit. In addition, homework is given as reinforcement of what is learned during the office therapy sessions. Commitment to the therapy program, and maintaining a schedule of weekly visits, is important in the success of the program.