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?
Occluders or patches
A variety of special tools designed for specific and unique vision therapy activities
What is the goal of VT?
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:
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:
Posture and viewing distance adjustments
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
Avoidance of reading and writing
Difficulty with visual concentration and attention