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