Vision Therapy

What is Vision Therapy? 

Vision therapy is used to create coordinated, accurate eye movement and focus for patients whose vision did not develop appropriately or for those who lost the ability to coordinate eye movement due to injury or illness. In short, the therapy includes a series of dynamic activities that teach the brain how to effectively use both eyes together. Vision therapy is a coordinated effort between eye doctors and caregivers, and it includes activities performed at office visits and at home.  

Dr. Riley Sutherlin, OD, is our resident expert in vision therapy for both children and adults. She practices primarily at our Avon and Lafayette Road locations. Click below to schedule an exam with Dr. Sutherlin.

Who Needs Vision Therapy? 

Children (and sometimes adults) who might need vision therapy typically struggle with reading and performing tasks up close. Other symptoms may include the development of headaches while reading, pain or discomfort around eyes during or after reading, seeing double, blurred vision during or after reading, and/or skipping lines while reading. Sometimes these symptoms can be mischaracterized as short attention spans, learning disorders, or poor performance in school. Occasionally, people may have similar symptoms when looking at things far away. While distance issues are less common, they can still be addressed through vision therapy. Your eye doctor might prescribe vision therapy when glasses alone do not fully address a patient’s vision challenges. 

Common disorders that can be treated via vision therapy include:

  • Convergence insufficiency: This is when both eyes can’t maintain looking at the same point while looking at things up close. Imagine eyes that always want to ‘relax’ and look far away instead. 
  • Saccadic dysfunction: This is when your eyes can’t move side to side together appropriately.  
  • Accommodative dysfunction: This is when your eye(s) can’t focus (make images clear) when looking from far away to up close 
  • Convergence Excess: Like convergence insufficiency, this is when your eyes do not maintain looking at the same point, but instead they ‘want’ to cross.  

What is The Next Step? 

The first step in determining a need for vision therapy is always a comprehensive eye exam. Be sure to tell your eye doctor if you or your child is experiencing any of the aforementioned issues. If your eye doctor determines that the problem cannot be solved with glasses alone, you will be asked to set up a second evaluation to tease out all areas of improvement.   

Questions? 

Please reach out to our office at 844-468-2835.