What is Vision Therapy?

 

Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control:

 

    eye alignment,

    eye tracking and eye teaming,

    eye focusing abilities,

    eye movements, and/or visual

    processing.

 

Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient's newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.

 

 

Here is an analogy:

 

When a person learns to ride a bicycle, the learning process is mentally demanding and physically exhausting.  It feels awkward trying to coordinate arms, legs, handlebars and pedals while staying balanced!  However, over time with patience and success, riding a bike becomes more and more natural.  What was difficult becomes nearly automatic and you don’t tire as easily.  Through practice, you’ve learned new physical and mental skills; what was initially demanding is now easy and even fun!  And once you’ve learned, you’ll always know how to ride a bike.  You will soon learn that you can hold a conversation while riding your bike.  The initial physical act of bike riding has become easy such that you now can do more than one thing at a time (parallel processing).  This is what visual therapy is about – automating the reflexes of focusing and eye teaming, so that it becomes natural and automatic.

 

 

 

Why Vision Therapy?

 

Some visual conditions cannot be treated adequately with just glasses, contact lenses and/or patching, and are best resolved through a program of Vision Therapy.

 

 

 

Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?

 

Children and adults with visual challenges, such as:

 

Learning-Related Vision Problems

 

Vision Therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning

(i.e., eye movement and focusing skills, convergence,

eye-hand activity, visual memory skills, etc.).

 

 

To learn more about learning-related vision problems, visit any of these web pages:

 

20-20 Eyesight and 20/20 Eye Screenings - Not Perfect for Learning and School

 

Students with Persistent Problems -The Visual Connection

 

Learning Related Vision Problems and Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD), Dyslexia, and Learning Disabilities (LDs)

 

 

Eye Tracking or Poor Binocular (2-eyed) Coordination

 

Vision Therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (ie. reading, sports, depth perception, eye contact).

 

 

Convergence Insufficiency (common near vision disorder)

 

Recent scientific research -- funded by the National Eye Institute and conducted at Mayo Clinic -- continues to prove that in-office Vision Therapy is the best treatment for Convergence Insufficiency.

 

 

Amblyopia (lazy eye), Diplopia (double vision), and Strabismus (cross-eyed, wandering eye, eye turns, etc.)

 

Vision Therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for turned eyes and/or lazy eye when compared to eye surgery, glasses, and/or patching, without therapy. The earlier the patient receives Vision Therapy the better, however, our office successfully treats patients well past 21 years of age.

 

Recent scientific research has disproven the long held belief that children with lazy eye, or amblyopia, can’t be helped after age 7.

 

 

Stress-related Visual Problems - Blurred Vision, Visual Stress from Reading and Computers, Eye Strain Headaches, and/or Vision-induced Stomachaches or Motion Sickness

 

21st century life demands more from our vision than ever before. Many children and adults constantly use their near vision at school, work and home. Environmental stresses on the visual system (including excessive computer use or close work) can induce blurred vision, eyestrain, headaches, etc.

 

 

Visual Rehabilitation for Special Needs - Developmental Delays, Visual Perceptual Visual-Motor Deficits, Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders

 

 

 

Sports Vision Improvement

 

Strong visual skills are critical to sports success. Not much happens in sports until your eyes instruct your hands and body as to what to do!

 

We can measure and successfully improve

 

eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral vision,

eye focusing, eye tracking and teaming, visualization skills, and more.

 

 

Vision Therapy can be the answer to many visual problems. Don't hesitate to contact our office with your questions.

 

 

 

Copyright 2014 Dr. Brent W. Neufeld