Vision Therapy

What is Vision Therapy? 

Vision Therapy is a series of dynamic activities designed to improve various functions of the eyes, especially the way they are coordinated together by the brain. Vision therapy is used to create coordinated, accurate eye movement and focus on patients who did not develop appropriately or lost the ability due to injury or illness. In short, it teaches the brain how to effectively use both eyes. Vision therapy is a coordinated effort between eye doctors and care givers including activities performed at office visits and at home.  

Who needs Vision Therapy? 

Children (and sometimes adults too!) who might need vision therapy typically struggle with reading and performing tasks up close. Other symptoms of needing vision therapy may include getting 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 result in children who avoid reading or seem to have a short attention span while reading and/or perform below grade level. Occasionally, but far less common, people may have similar symptoms when looking at things far away which can be addressed. Vision therapy is prescribed by an eye doctor when glasses alone do not do enough to help a patient with their struggles.  

Common disorders vision therapy is used to treat 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 first step? 

The first step is always a comprehensive eye exam. Be sure to tell your eye doctor if you or your child is experiencing anything like what is mentioned above. Once your eye doctor has determined that the problem cannot be solved with glasses alone, there will be a second evaluation to tease out all the areas of improvement. Then you can start on the path to more comfortable vision and a better quality of life!  

Questions? 

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