What Is Vision Therapy?
Eyes are the windows to the brain
Vision therapy strengthens more than the eyes and in some situations can correct vision problems to avoid surgery. Vision therapy enhances the neurological connections between the eyes and the brain. A healthy connection between the eyes and the brain is essential for good eyesight.
We receive lots of questions about vision therapy and how it works. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the nature of vision therapy.
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 learning disabilities and is used as an effective treatment for problems like lazy eye, crossed eyes, or double vision. Vision therapy can be a useful tool for helping children and adults alike. Eyeglasses are not the solution when the problem is visual processing. Children with learning or reading problems can benefit from the confidence boost the exercises provide. Adults also see vision improvement through vision therapy as well. It can help curb eyestrain related vision processing problems brought on by working with computers all day.
Vision therapy 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 the patient. These exercises are done 1-2 times per week in sessions lasting 30 minutes to a full hour. The exercises are designed to continue until visual processing problems show improvement.
Vision exercises are designed to help patients improve basic visual skills that connect the eyes with the brain. These exercises can improve visual efficiency by changing how the patient interprets images. This helps to see and understand images correctly.
Nothing about vision therapy is centered on strengthening eye muscles. These muscles can be strengthened through orthoptics if they need strengthening. This therapy is all about improving vision problems that may interfere with learning by strengthening the neurological pathways between the eyes and the brain.
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.
Yes. 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. In its own sphere, this therapy is as effective as physical therapy or occupational therapy.