WHAT IS VISION THERAPY?
Certain eye conditions are not correctable with glasses or contact lenses. These deficiencies instead require an individualized treatment program to strengthen the muscles and nerves involved in allowing the visual system to function efficiently.
A developmental visual evaluation is the first step in uncovering a certain visual deficiency. The doctor will assess the alignment of the eyes, the ability of the eyes to work together (termed eye teaming), the focusing capability of the eyes, and the potential to coordinate and plan eye movements.
These visual-motor skills are then enhanced through weekly, one-on-one in-office therapy sessions with a vision therapist through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and/or filters. As the therapy progresses, the patient’s newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with various motor and other cognitive tasks.
Vision problems affect one out of every four children and over half of those children who struggle with reading. Certain signs that indicate someone is coping with a visual disorder include:
- Taking a long time to complete homework
- Difficulty with paying attention or staying on task
- Complaints of eyestrain and/or headaches
- Struggling with activities requiring good eye-hand coordination (catching or throwing a ball)
- Difficulty with body coordination skills during physical activities (riding a bike, skipping, or jumping rope)
- Confusion when asked to recognize or sort colors, shapes, letters and numbers
- Avoids detail oriented activities (coloring pictures or working on puzzles)
- Unable to appreciate the 3-D effect from a 3-D movie
- Turning of an eye in or out (see lazy eye)
- Rubbing the eyes frequently
- Blinking frequently
- Tilting or turning head to one side
- Experiencing double vision when reading
- Eyes tire easily or child gets sleepy easily
- Words move, jump, swim, or appear to float on the page
- Words “blur” or come in and out of focus
- Slow reader
- Difficulty with remembering what was read (comprehension)
- Loses place when reading or rereads the same line of words
- Holds his or her head close to the paper when reading or writing
- Confuses letters/words or reverses letters/numbers
- Uses a finger as a marker when reading
- Moves head around when reading
WHAT ABOUT SPORTS RELATED VISUAL TRAINING TECHNIQUES?
Accurate vision and athletic visual skills can be evaluated, developed, and then strengthened through vision training exercises. These exercises can successfully improve skills used in every sporting event. Our therapy program works specifically in increasing one’s eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking, and visualization skill sets. Enhancing one’s visual skill set is essential in taking your game to the next level!
Any of the above symptoms are a sign that your child may have a vision issue and should have an evaluation to determine the depth of the problem. Our goal is to properly diagnose and treat such visual limitations, thus allowing one to develop the visual skills and cognitive ability to read and learn at their fullest potential. If you have any concerns about your child, please call for an appointment today or schedule an appointment on-line.