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Vision Therapy

Comprehensive Visual Analysis

Vision is more than just 20/20 eyesight!

Clear eyesight is 1 of 17 different visual skills needed for an efficient and accurate visual system. Many people will have clear “eyesight,” but are slow readers or have difficulty keeping their place while reading. They may suffer from discomfort or fatigue while reading or doing close work.

Vision Evaluation for Children

The American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam at six months, three years and five years old. While in school, yearly assessments are recommended, especially with increased uses of computers, tablets and smartphones.

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is designed by Developmental Optometrists, and is a doctor-supervised progressive program to improve visual skills. It is individualized one-on-one hour long sessions. Similar to speech therapy, or physical therapy, vision therapy helps with any deficiencies that may cause problems in school, or life.

Glasses or contact lenses are usually part of the initial plan. Vision therapy may be recommended and requires a committed plan of individually designed clinical visits with the optometrist  and followed with home-vision therapy.

​Common symptoms treatable by Vision Therapy

  • Slow reading

  • Eyestrain & Headaches

  • Skipping lines or losing place when reading

  • Loss of concentration

  • Difficulty reading for an extended period

  • Double vision after reading for extended time

  • Holding reading material close to face

  • Poor sports performance

  • Poor reading comprehension

Common diagnoses that may be treated by Vision Therapy

  • Convergence Insufficiency (difficulty bringing eyes together to a near point)

  • Accommodative Insufficiencies (difficulty changing or holding focus from near to far)

  • Eye Tracking Disorders (difficulty with gross or fine eye movements)

  • Binocular Vision Dysfunction (difficulty coordinating the eyes together)

  • Diplopia (double vision due to the eyes not working as a team)

Convergence Insufficiency

This is a common near vision problem that can interfere with a person’s ability to read, learn and work at near. Symptoms may include eyes hurting when reading or doing close work, words blurring or coming in and out of focus when reading. Losing your place while reading or doing close work. Fortunately office-based vision therapy is the most successful treatment:

Accommodative Insufficiency

This is when you have difficulty changing or holding focus from far to near. Symptoms may include slow reading, poor reading comprehension, eyestrain and headaches, and avoidance of reading.

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