What is Vision Therapy?

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Optometric Vision Therapy is an area of optometric care that focuses on developing, improving, and enhancing an individual’s visual performance. It is an individualized treatment program prescribed by a doctor of optometry to treat various visual deficits that affect all areas of life, such as learning, sports, and job performance. If you experience visual discomfort even with 20/20 vision you may benefit from vision therapy. Vision therapy can be effective but requires a commitment to bring about results.

Optometric Vision Therapy effectively treats & improves:

  • Eye Movement
    • Difficulty maintaining fixation
    • Reduced tracking skills (pursuits & saccades)
    • Nystagmus (involuntary shaking of the eyes)
  • Focusing
    • Reduced acuity (amblyopia/lazy eye)
    • Difficulty maintaining clear focus (accommodation)
    • Difficulty changing focus from near and far
  • Binocularity (eye alignment)
    • Crossed eye/wandering eye (strabismus)
    • Convergence Insufficiency
    • Divergence Excess, Poor depth perception
  • Visual-Motor Integration
    • Poor hand-eye coordination
    • Difficulty crossing midline
    • Poor balance
    • Clumsy behavior
    • Sloppy handwriting
    • Difficulty catching/hitting a ball
  • Visual Information Processing
    • Poor memory
    • Difficulty finding objects in a busy environment
    • Letter/number reversals
    • Poor visualization abilities
    • Poor reading comprehension
    • Difficulty spelling

Each vision therapy program is unique and is designed on an individual basis depending on a patient’s specific needs. Vision therapy uses a combination of optical devices and physical and visual activities. Vision therapy options include in-office, online (video conferencing), computer-based, and at-home therapy sessions.

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