Vision therapy is a sequence of therapy procedures that are individually prescribed and monitored by the doctor to develop efficient visual skills and visual processing. Vision therapy is prescribed following a comprehensive evaluation of the visual system.
Many people are surprised to hear that there are several different types of vision therapy.
The most common type deals with basic visual skill deficits. This type of vision therapy is very effective in removing symptoms such as visually related headaches and eyestrain from reading or intensive computer work. It is known as visual efficiency vision therapy. This can be categorized into tracking training, binocularity training, and accomodative flexibility training.
Orthoptics is a classical type of vision therapy. It is used primarily for strabismus (crossed eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye). Orthoptics is a way to avoid surgery or to make surgery more successful. Orthoptics is also used when a traumatic brain injury like a stroke results in double vision.
Added February 3, 2010 - Vision Therapy In the News
Having Trouble Seeing in 3-D
If you weren't blown away by the 3-D effects in James Cameron's new movie "Avatar" or came away fromt he movie with eyestrain and a headache, your eyes might not be 3-D ready. Around 5 to 10 percent of people don't have true depth perception, and far more may have trouble with their binocular vision...(click title above to read more on this)
Your child's ability to process information is critical for school success. Deficits in this ability will hinder academic success. Processing problems can be remediated with another form of vision therapy for learning. This type of therapy will make learning easier and more efficient.
Sports Related Vision Therapy
Athletes have unique vision problems. Generally their basic vision skills are excellent. However the visual demands of sport are not normal. Precise depth perception, speed of reaction and peripheral awareness are critical for success. Sports vision therapy can often be the answer between success and the bench. See How Vision Is Related To Your Sport
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Vision Therapy for Vision Improvement
Finally we come to vision improvement. This is the type of vision therapy most people think of. They are aware of some sort of exercises that might help them to see better. They figure it probably will be a lot of work and continue to wear their glasses or contacts. That is a wrong perception. Vision therapy for vision improvement has come a long way. It uses computerized biofeedback and can be fun and relaxing.
The vision therapy program is based on the results of standardized tests, the patient's specific signs and symptoms plus a careful look at the needs of the patient.
We provide complete diagnostic and therapeutic care for children and adults with these type of vision problems.
eye focusing (Visual Acuity)
Visual Information Processing
Computer related vision problems
Aquired brain injury related vision problems
The use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments and computer programs is an integral part of vision therapy. Typically, vision therapy is administered as a combination of in-office visits combined with prescribed, daily, home-vision therapy procedures.
The in-office therapy is designed to make the patient aware of his or her visual deficiencies under controlled conditions. Then by a feedback process the patient is taught strategies to improve visual performance.
Home therapy is directed at practicing the newly learned visual skills until the initial conscious effort becomes automatic.
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