Why is vision therapy important?

Among school-age children, vision disorders affect one in every four children.  Sometimes children that have visual problems are incorrectly labeled as learning disabled, dyslexic, or attention deficit disorder. While many of these patients have refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism) commonly treated by compensatory lenses, some have additional problems of the vision system that are treated with Vision Therapy.

What is vision therapy?

Vision therapy is not new. Many of the techniques were introduced by physicians in the mid 1800's.

Vision therapy is a discipline of behavioural and developmental Optometry.  Weak visual skills will not go away without treatment. Vision therapy is also known as Vision Training.  Vision training is best described as physical therapy for the brain and eyes.  Through a series of procedures that are individualized, patients develop or recover normal visual skills.  Lenses, prisms, special computer programs, and other techniques are used.  Vision Therapy is remarkably successful in rehabilitating all types of binocular vision impairments including amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus, esotropia, exotropia, hyperphoria, or loss of binocular fusion due to hyperopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism in one eye.

Is my child a candidate for visual therapy?

To determine if an individual is a candidate for visual therapy, a developmental vision analysis should be given. This exam is more compressive than an eye exam. Visual abilities and acuity will be measured. This process includes evaluation of focusing, eye teaming, eye tracking, visual motor, and visual perception skills.


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