Vision-Related Learning Problems
Not all visual conditions are adequately treated with glasses, contact lenses or surgery and are best resolved through a program of Vision Therapy. After careful examination and evaluation, we can determine the patient’s visual, motor, and perceptual skill level and create a program to meet their specific visual needs. Click here for a video for parents about what vision therapy can do.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED WITH VISION THERAPY?
- Learning related vision problems
- Poor binocular coordination
- Amblyopia, diplopia, and strabismus
- Stress related vision problems
- Visual rehabilitation following TBI, concussion, stroke
- Visual rehabilitation for special needs
WHAT IS VISION THERAPY?
Vision therapy is an individualized program of vision procedures performed under doctor supervision. It is designed to correct visual-motor and/or visual perceptual deficiencies and to enhance the brain’s ability to control:
- Eye Tracking
- Eye Teaming
- Eye Movement
- Visual Processing
Vision Therapy is generally conducted in-office, with one or two weekly sessions 50-60 minutes each, and is occasionally supplemented by procedures done at home.
The goal of treatment is to
- Help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities
- Improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency
- Change how a patient processes or interprets visual information
IS MY CHILD A CANDIDATE FOR VISION THERAPY?
That question is best answered with an appointment with Dr. Elizabeth.
IS THERE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT VISION THERAPY REALLY WORKS?
There is a great deal of science and literature to support the efficacy of vision therapy. For more information, please refer to the following link from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
WHAT OUR GRADUATES ARE SAYING…..
From Zach: “Thank you for doing vision therapy with me….I’m reading much better. I noticed that I read a lot of books and reading is getting easier.”
From Zach’s mom, Tricia: “Last fall when we came to you, after trying many unsuccessful things to help Zach learn to read, we were desperate. I have to admit I had my doubts even about whether vision therapy would really work. You seemed so confident and you worked so hard with Zach. You were even reading books that specifically pertained to things you saw in him. I could tell that you knew him so well. This gave me hope. Then in June we finished the vision therapy sessions. I again had some doubts because I hadn’t seen a BIG change. Over the summer, I had him continue to work on the computer sessions, but just wasn’t sure it had really helped. Then in August when school started, Zach had to begin reading chapter books for a required reading log. He not only had to read, but he had to write about what he had read. I was really dreading how this was going to go. I knew this would be a big test of how the vision therapy worked. Then to my complete surprise, he read nine long pages out loud smoothly and was able to retell the whole chapter! This continued for several days. A few weeks later he put his arms around me and looked me in the face and said, ‘Mom, thanks for paying for vision therapy for me because my eyes don’t bounce around on the page when I read anymore. I can really tell vision therapy has helped.’ As I hugged him back, ‘MIRACLE’ was the only word I could think of. Thanks so much for being Zach’s miracle worker. “
From a local educator: “You make my job easier.”
From Gannon: “I have no more double vision, especially when I’m reading….I may play sports again because of no double vision.”
From Emma’s mom: “Reading is fine – she likes reading! No more frequent headaches. It can be a lot to go to an appointment twice a week for an hour, but Dr. Elizabeth was so great that Emma was super excited to go every time.”
From Bryn’s mom: “When Bryn began third grade, he was reading at a 2.1 grade level.” After four months of vision therapy, “Bryn finished third grade with straight A’s and started fourth grade at a 5.6 grade reading level! The best part is that Bryn’s therapy has given him a future to look forward to and dream about.”