Vision therapy (VT) is a series of custom and individualized activities and exercises used to retrain the brain to more effectively interact with the eyes and therefore improve vision functioning and comfort while learning or at work. VT helps patients improve their foundation for reading, learning, playing sports and other activities of life. It is therefore used to train patients with inadequate visual skills necessary for daily life activities.Patients with inadequate visual skills often experience the following:
1. Skipping lines or small words while reading
2. Falls asleep while reading
3. Headaches and often After Near Work
4. Eye Strain, Red Eyes, Itching Eyes
5. Trouble copying from the board
6. Frequent loss of place when reading
7. Poor reading comprehension
8. Short attention span or memory
9. Poor Coordination and Inconsistent Sports Performance What Does Vision Therapy Treat?
Using vision therapy, we treat patients that have crossed, wandering, or lazy eyes (medically known as strabismus, esotropia, exotropia, hypotropia, hypertropia, amblyopia). We thus through VT non-surgically align their eyes and improve function and depth perception. Vision therapy is as well helpful in restoring visual function in patients who had stroke or traumatic brain injury that has affected the functioning of their vision. What To Expect:
Our Vision therapy services includes both in-office and home-based exercises. Therapy is normally done once a week, in office, for 45 minutes per session. Length of time for the therapy varies by case but is estimated to be 16-35 weeks. In certain cases, as determined by your doctor in consultation with the therapy staff, more sessions may be recommended. At each in-office session, you will receive instructions and materials for exercises that should be practiced at home for 20 to 30 minutes per day, at least four days a week. Is your child Smart in Everything but School?
He/she may be struggling with a Hidden Vision Problem that Impacts learning known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). Convergence Insufficiency (CI) affects VISION, READING and ATTENTION. A person with CI has trouble or an inability to coordinate the eyes on near work, like reading…. A person’s ability to turn his eyes in at near is poor.
Convergence insufficiency (CI) is a binocular vision problem often associated with a variety of symptoms, including eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, diplopia [double vision], sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, movement of print while reading, and loss of comprehension after short periods of reading or performing close activities. CI hinders children’s ability to read, participate in sports and learn. It leads to diminished self-confidence and drastic reduction in ability to succeed in school. An Undiagnosed/Untreated CI could lead to an Eye Turn called strabismus. Strabismus is an even more serious problem of binocular vision.