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Vision TherapyMany vision problems have to do more with how the eyes function rather than their capability to see clearly. In these situations, vision therapy is typically an option. Vision therapy is a form of physical therapy used on the eyes and brain. It is designed to resolve vision problems that can contribute to loosing place when reading, fatigue with near work, poor depth perception and intermittent blur. This therapy can also be used an effective treatment for problems like lazy eye, crossed eyes, or double vision.

Common Questions about Vision Therapy

There is more to vision therapy than simply strengthening the eyes. It also enhances the neurological connections between the eyes and the brain. Eyes are the windows of the brain. It directly influences sight based on how it interprets images received. A healthy connection between the eyes and the brain is essential for good eyesight.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the nature of vision therapy:

How does vision therapy work?

It uses progressive vision exercises performed under the supervision of your eye care provider. Each set of exercises is tailored to meet the individual visual needs of a patient. Our office primarily utilizes home-based vision therapy where a series of exercises are prescribed for the patient to do at their convenience at home. The exercises are designed to continue until visual processing problems show improvement.

What is the purpose of the vision exercises?

Vision exercises are designed to help patients improve basic visual skills that connect the eyes with the brain. They help the eyes focus appropriately and work as a team. These exercises can improve visual efficiency by changing how a patient interprets images. This helps them see and understand images correctly.

What is the first step in a Vision Therapy Program?

A comprehensive vision exam is necessary before starting therapy. Following the exam, your eye care provider can determine whether or not this type of therapy is the recommended treatment for your vision problems.

Is there scientific evidence that it really works?

Vision therapy cannot fix all vision problems, (for example, it will not fix near-sightedness or far-sightedness which is determined by the shape of the eye) but it does work quite effectively for specific functional vision conditions. Studies on vision therapy show it is effective in improving the lives of patients. Data shows that this therapy can improve visual function enough to keep it from interfering with a patient's ability to absorb information and learn. 

Who typically needs vision therapy?

It can be a useful tool for helping children and adults alike. Children with learning or reading problems can benefit from the vision boost these exercises provide. These problems can't be detected without tests done by an eye doctor. Adults can see vision improvement through this therapy as well. 

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