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Vision Therapy

Personalized Treatment to
Improve Your Visual Skills

Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the visual system. It involves a series of exercises and training techniques to help strengthen ocular muscles and improve communication between the eyes and the brain.

Each vision therapy treatment plan is completely unique to the patient. Our experienced eye doctors will work with you, providing a personalized regime with a high standard of care. Through the most modern methods and innovative technology, we can help your visual system work more effectively for you.

Who Benefits From Vision Therapy

Because children may not be able to clearly communicate what they can and cannot see, their vision problems often go undiagnosed. Issues with eye alignment and eye teaming can be particularly oppressive because they can prevent children from absorbing new information and skills.

For example, some of the most common binocular vision dysfunctions cause the eyes to feel strained and fatigued after several minutes of reading, leading to blurring and doubling of the images or print being focused on. This can easily lead to avoidance of reading, poor school performance, and behavioral issues.

Vision therapy can teach your child’s eyes to work as two parts of a single unit, providing a more cohesive image which is a more clear, comfortable, stable vision. It can also make it easier for their brains to process visual information.

Your visual system is responsible for depth perception, hand-eye coordination, and reaction time. By strengthening your visual system, you can refine these skills. Elite athletes from all sorts of sports use vision therapy as part of their training regimen. As a result, many find that their performance improves.

Some professional sports teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Toronto Raptors mandate vision training for their players.

Concussions and brain injuries can damage neural pathways, processes that the brain usually relies on. After a concussion, it is not uncommon for people to notice a change in their vision.

Through vision therapy, your brain can start to rebuild some of these neural pathways, strengthening your vision and restoring parts of your sight. Rehabilitative vision therapy can require quite a bit of time and patience; however, it usually does produce results.

The Difference Between Vision & Sight

People often do not realize they have a vision problem because their eyesight is 20/20 or better. However, you can have flawless eyesight and poor vision at the same time. In fact, vision and eyesight are different things.

Eyesight refers to the information your eyes gather. When we test your eyesight, we are testing how far you can see how near you can see, the clarity of your vision, and how well you can see in different kinds of light.

On the other hand, vision refers to how well your eyes can transmit information and how your brain interprets that information. For example: let us imagine someone with 20/20 vision in both eyes. If their eyes do not align properly, their brain will receive two overlapping images rather than one complete image. We call this double vision.

Rather than try to interpret two images at the same time, the brain will start to ignore one eye, and only accept information from the other eye. As a result, this person will have a limited field of vision with poor depth perception and spatial awareness.

In this example, both eyes are gathering quality information, meaning they each individually have good eyesight. However, the eyes and the brain are not communicating correctly, which means they have a vision problem.

Symptoms of Vision Problems

  • Closing one eye to read
  • Squinting
  • Re-reading the same line over and over
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Lack of coordination
  • Struggling with new concepts
  • “Crossed” or “lazy” eyes
  • Words blurring, doubling, or running together on a page

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