What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is a sequence of neurosensory and neuromuscular activities prescribed by the doctor to develop, rehabilitate, and enhance visual skills and processing. The length of the therapy program varies depending on the severity of the diagnosed conditions. Activities paralleling in-office techniques are typically taught to the patient to be practiced at home, reinforcing the developing visual skills.

Who Can Benefit from Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is often times the best treatment option for patients who experience deficits with eye tracking, eye teaming, eye focusing and visual processing.  By addressing the underlying vision conditions, patients often experience significant improvements in visual tasks, such as reading, working on the computer for extended periods of time, scanning of the visual environment (while driving or playing sports for example) and performing under timed conditions.  Vision therapy can help people at many stages of life, helping children and adults.

Symptoms one may feel:

  • Discomfort (visual/eye strain, headaches, etc) during visual tasks, such as reading or computer work

  • Blurred or fluctuating vision while performing near tasks (reading, computer, gaming, etc) or when transitioning focus between distance and near (such as when taking notes in class)

  • Double vision, even if experienced occasionally

  • Tracking difficulties that may impair reading fluency (skipping words, re-reading lines, loss of place, etc)

  • Impaired depth perception that causes poor eye-hand coordination and makes a person appear ‘clumsy’

  • Difficulties processing visual information, making it difficult to keep up with the pace of life, work or school

  • Children struggling with reading or academic performance

Which Conditions are Treated with Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy may be used in isolation or in conjunction with other treatments to successfully remediation many vision conditions. These conditions include:

  • Accommodative Dysfunction (Eye Focusing Deficits)

  • Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

  • Binocular Vision Dysfunction (Eye Teaming Deficits)

  • Convergence Insufficiency

  • Oculomotor Dysfunction (Eye Tracking Deficits)

  • Strabismus (Eye Turn)

  • Vergence Dysfunction (Convergence Insufficiency, Convergence Excess, Divergence Deficits)

  • Visual Perceptual Deficits (extracting information from visually-presented material)

  • Visual Processing Deficits (quickly being able to ‘make sense’ of one’s visual environment)