What is Vision Therapy
Vision Therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain – is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities.
Therapeutic exercises are performed using dedicated optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. Vision therapy is always customized to the needs of the patients, and as patients make progress, treatments and exercises are progressively adjusted to encourage further visual improvements over time.
Vision Therapy treatment programs are carefully calculated to correct visual-motor or perceptual-cognitive insufficiencies. Treatment sessions include activities, exercises and procedures that augment the brain’s capacity to manage alignment, eye movements and visual processing.
Vision Therapy Exercise Example
Vision therapy is appropriate and helpful for patients of all ages – including children.
In fact, Mayo Clinic researchers suggest that visual therapy is the best way to treat convergence insufficiency in children, and it may also be effective for addressing learning-related visual problems like ADHD and dyslexia. Other conditions that may be improved with therapy include lazy eyes (amblyopia) and eye turns (strabismus). Vision therapy has also been shown to be useful in training both eyes to work together with better coordination and more efficient binocular vision.
Vision and Learning (External Links)
- Vision Therapy and ADHD
- What is Convergence Insufficiency?
- Complications of Convergence Insufficiency: Intermittent Extropia
- National Eye Institute Recommendations for Treating Convergence Insufficiency
- Vision Therapy for Lazy Eye
- Vision Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Vision Therapy for Non-Verbal Learning Disorder
- Vision and Learning
- What is Binocular Vision?
Watch Lisa McCullough speak about being a parent of children who have benefitted from Vision Therapy.
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.
Vision Therapy Success Stories (External Links)
- Vision Therapy Success Stories
- What is Depth Perception and Stereovision?
- Improving Depth Perception and Stereovision with Vision Therapy
- Improving Eye Tracking and Eye Teaming with Vision Therapy
- Fewer Headaches and Eye Strain with Vision Therapy
- Vision Therapy Helps Blurred Vision
- Vision Therapy for Brain Injury-Related Visual Problems
Is Vision Therapy Right for You?
Even patients with 20/20 vision may benefit from Vision Therapy treatments.
It is important to see an optometrist if you are experiencing any vision difficulties at all. Only a comprehensive eye examination can help you determine whether visual therapy may be right for you.