What is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is much like physical therapy or speech therapy, but for the eyes. Vision therapy consists of a series of supervised and programmed activities that are designed to train an individual to use their eyes correctly.
Unlike other forms of exercise, the goal of Optometric Vision Therapy is not to strengthen eye muscles. Your eye muscles are already incredibly strong. Rather the goal is to teach the brain how to use the eyes correctly.
These types of vision problems cannot be treated with glasses or contact lenses alone and are, in some cases, an alternative to surgery.
Patients with the following conditions may benefit from vision therapy. Click on each link to learn more, courtesy of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development:
- Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Autism & Vision
- Crossed Eyes
- Double Vision
- Lazy Eye
- Reading and Learning Problems
- Sports Vision
- Stereoblindness/3D Vision Problems
Success with Vision Therapy
With time and consistency, vision therapy patients may experience significant improvements in visual comfort, skills and efficiency. The American Optometric Association, National Eye Institute and many eye health professionals approve and recommend vision therapy for the treatment of both physiological and perceptual vision conditions.
Even though visual therapy treatment results vary from patient to patient, treatments are often effective for providing results that corrective lenses and surgical procedures are unable to offer. Many patients who have undergone vision therapy report improved peripheral vision, better eye-hand coordination, better focusing and faster visual reaction time.
As an added benefit, patients also report fewer environmentally induced headaches, blurred vision, eye strain and nausea. Furthermore, although it is often used to treat visual dysfunctions, visual behavioral therapy is also helpful for the prevention of the future visual problems, as well as for enhancing existing visual capacity.