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Vision Therapy and Learning.

Vision therapy is not simply eye exercises. It is a complex set of procedures and drills which require constant supervision and interpretation by a licensed optometrist to get the eyes to properly align, focus, aim, and track. In addition, we work on the perceptual aspect of vision so that patients are able to visually manipulate and process information in their heads. Some of the different areas that we train in vision therapy include:

Restore Eye Teaming and Focusing Skills

We treat patients with eye teaming problems that affect learning by utilizing various 3­D polarized pictures, prisms, lenses, and computer programs. Usually we are able to document specific test results that indicate their progress and overall improvement. The specific skills we work on will improve the patient’s eye teaming skills, accuracy and speed of focus, and develop them to become automatic in nature, allowing for smoother reading and information processing. Some common problems, such as exophoria (eye alignment tends to drift outward) or esophoria (eye alignment drifts inward) need to be trained so that the eyes naturally stay together while reading and moving the eyes from word to word.

Rely on Vision Instead of Auditory Learning

Patients who have vision problems will learn to rely on auditory learning to compensate.Therefore, we must first treat the underlying eye teaming and focusing problem to allow the visual information to reach the brain more effectively. After a certain point, we introduce drills that improve the ability to rapidly create mental imagery so that the reader is able to quickly create images in their mind’s eye while reading instead of depending on hearing what they say to themselves.

Training Visual Organization Skills

Patients whose binocular disorders cause them to focus only on details while ignoring context, or focus on big picture while ignoring details, will benefit from vision therapy. We are able to utilize certain drills with them that force them to rapidly alternate attention between peripheral and center as well as mentally multitask so that they can maximally utilize their newly acquired visual skills.

Training Dyslexia?

When one considers all the visual skills that are necessary to become a good reader, if we can identify visual skill deficits that are responsible for poor reading then we can pretty much bypass any label of “dyslexia” that other professionals have placed on a child. Dyslexia is merely a label claiming that they have difficulty identifying words but do not specify why or how this happens. As long as we can identify deficient visual skills in a poor reader, any label of dyslexia is irrelevant to the outcome of vision therapy.

By tackling not only the mechanics of the vision process but also the mental capacity of the reader, vision therapy is able to unlock a child’s maximum potential and allow them to succeed in school at the best of their abilities!

Successful Case Studies

  • Learning Difficulties

    Patient 1: LF, 39 year old male. Extremely slow reader ever since childhood, took 15 years to get his bachelor’s degree. He heard about vision therapy and wanted to see if it could improve his reading. Exam results: nearsighted in both eyes with small amounts of astigmatism mild convergence insufficiency (poor…

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  • Strabismus (Eye Turns)

    Patient 1: JS, 10 year old female. Her eyes drift outward alternately. Is also nearsighted and also wearing orthokeratology overnight lenses to see clearly. Also has a tendency to skip over small words when reading and ignores many details. When doing math problems she frequently misaligns numbers. Exam results: When…

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  • Myopia Control

    Patient 1: YS, 13 year old male. Mother was concerned about his eyesight deteriorating year after year. Just recently got new glasses which were much stronger than his old ones. Exam results: Needs ­-2.75 in both eyes to see 20/20 but other testing reveals that he should be capable of…

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  • Amblyopia

    Patient 1: CG, 6 year old male. Mom just found out that he had amblyopia in both eyes and wants to see if we could quickly treat it and get him to normal. Exam results: Highly farsighted in both eyes with astigmatism Both eyes see 20/100 only (5 times the…

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  • Myopia Control

    Does your child’s eyesight continually get worse year after year? Small deviations in visual alignment may be inducing excess stress on your child’s eyes and causing eyesight to worsen rapidly. We can…

  • Learning Difficulties

    Abnormalities in the focusing system and eye teaming skills can make reading extremely difficult for children and adults alike. We can help you attain maximum academic and work potential.

  • Orthokeratology

    Orthokeratology is a treatment for myopia which utilizes a specially designed contact lens worn during sleep. The lens reshapes the eye so that the patient is able to see clearly during the…

  • Eye Turn (strabismus)

    In many types of strabismus we are able to straighten the eyes through natural therapy without resorting to invasive eye muscle surgery. We retrain the brain to utilize both eyes simultaneously to…

  • Lazy Eye (amblyopia)

    We can treat lazy eye and help get your child’s eyesight to normal. If you’ve tried patching and vision has stopped improving after hitting a plateau, give us a call and we…