Vision Therapy

What is VT?

  • A progressive program of vision procedures

  • Performed under doctor supervision

  • Individualized to fit the visual needs of each patient

  • Generally conducted in-office, in once- or twice-weekly sessions of 30 minutes to an hour, sometimes with homework

What does VT use?

  • Therapeutic lenses

  • Prisms

  • Filters

  • Occluders or patches

  • A variety of special tools designed for specific and unique vision therapy activities

What is the goal of VT?

  • 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

Most Common vision conditions:

1. Eye coordination problems (inability to coordinate the eyes together effectively)

Convergence Insufficiency
means that the eyes do not come together closely enough when looking at a near object.

When we are not able to converge our eyes easily and accurately, problems may develop, such as:

  • Eye strain

  • Headaches

  • Double vision

  • Difficulty reading and concentrating

  • Avoidance of near work

  • Poor sports performance

  • Dizziness or motion sickness

2) Eye focusing problems (inability to easily refocus eyes or maintain clear focus):
Our eyes have an automatic focusing system which adjusts the lens inside our eye in order to see clearly at all distances. When we look far away, up close, and back again, our eyes change focus rapidly to allow us to see things clearly at all distances. If there is a problem in how easily or quickly our eyes focus, that visual problem is called an accommodative dysfunction.

Normally, children have a large amount of focusing capacity. However, some children do not have the ability to maintain focus for a long time while reading, or they may be unable to quickly change the focus of their eyes from near to distance to near, etc.

Accommodative dysfunctions can cause:

  • Blurred Vision

  • Reduced accuracy

  • Posture and viewing distance adjustments

  • Inconsistent work

  • Reduced efficiency and productivity

  • Difficulty maintaining clear vision

  • Difficulty shifting focus from one distance to another

  • Visual discomfort and eye strain

  • Pain in or around the eye

  • Headaches

  • Avoidance of reading and writing

  • Difficulty with visual concentration and attention

  • Fatigue

  • Moving print

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