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In addition to good eyesight, strong visual skills are also important for eye-hand coordination, reading, and comfortable eye movement.
If your child has visual problems resulting from a concussion, has been diagnosed with learning disabilities, or wants to improve their reading skills, vision therapy may be able to help.
Vision therapy is a series of guided exercises designed to improve vision skills, such as reading comprehension, catching a ball, and maintaining focus.
Vision therapy consists of weekly 45-minute sessions lasting 6-12 months, depending on your child’s needs.
The first step in determining whether vision therapy is right for your child is a developmental vision exam.
While regular eye exams help detect issues with eye health and determine your lens prescription, a functional vision exam assesses visual skills such as:
If vision therapy is a good fit for your child, we’ll create a customized treatment plan to improve their visual skills.
If your child struggles with vison problems, or has been diagnosed with convergence insufficiency, accommodative insufficiency, strabismus, or amblyopia, schedule an appointment today.
You might be surprised at how many people could benefit from vision therapy, as many people live their lives without ever knowing they have a vision problem.
Primarily, we recommend those individuals that are experiencing developmental issues concerning their vision go through vision therapy.
It’s not uncommon for athletes of all levels to go through vision therapy to help give them an edge.
Additionally, anyone who has experienced traumatic brain injuries or concussions can also benefit from vision therapy.
Vision therapy works to train your brain in the skill of vision. Each therapy sessions works to improve your brain’s ability to effectively and efficiently process the visual information the eyes are sending to the brain.
Over the course of the program, the goal is to improve this relationship between the eyes and the brain.
As the relationship between the eyes and brain improves, the other systems of the body may improve as well.
A developmental vision exam covers everything a normal eye exam would and more.
A special emphasis is placed on determining cognitive and social milestones by doing several tests, some of which may feel like playing a game.
As the visual system works in cooperation with many of the body’s other systems, if one system is lagging, the root cause may actually be a visual development delay.
By identifying this development delay, a custom program can be developed to meet your specific needs and goals.
Your child may be a good candidate for a vision therapy program if they experience any of these commonly occurring symptoms related to developmental issues concerning their vision.
These developmental issues could be expressed as:
Vision therapy sessions are typically held once per week in our office. There are also at-home activities to accomplish throughout the week.
Depending on your visual condition, these sessions will last anywhere from six months to a year. We evaluate your progress every 2-3 months to make sure we’re on the right track.