What is Vision Therapy?
Vision Therapy is all about training or retraining the way our brains and eyes interact. Even if you have 20/20 vision, you could still struggle with vision and neuro-visual problems such as:
- Eye tracking skills;
- Eye focusing;
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Learning Disorders (ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia)
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Visual information processing
Who Can Benefit from Vision Therapy?
These issues listed above are usually a result of genetics factors, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussions, brain or eye surgery, or occupational injuries such as Computer Vision Syndrome. Therefore, Vision Therapy can be used to help lots of different people. This includes:
- Children and Adults struggling with Focus, Reading, Learning, Diplopia (Double-Vision), Amblyopia ("Lazy Eye) and more;
- Patients Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Acquired Brain Injury;
- Athletes trying to hone their skills through improved hand-eye coordination.
At Exceptional Vision, we provide treatment for these conditions and more with Vision Therapy regimens customized to the specific needs of each an every patient. Whether, you're a parent concerned about your child's learning, a survivor of brain trauma, or an athlete eager to up his or her game―Vision Therapy might be right for you.
Brain Injury results in vision conditions and problems about 50% of the time. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI―e.g. stroke, MS, and Cerebral Palsy) both can cause severe cognitive effects which impair or negatively affect vision. The symptoms can be devastating and include:
- Diplopia (double vision) and Blurred Vision;
- Eye Fatigue;
- Loss of visual field;
- Problems with visual perception (visual spatial, figure ground, etc.).
As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, Vision Therapy can dramatically alleviate these symptoms and restore both functionality and quality of life. Learn More Here.
Vision Disorders such as ambylopia or strabismus can be detrimental to your child's social functioning and learning. What's more, various problems with eye tracking and eye teaming make it difficult for the brain to properly interpret text and numbers. This can cause learning and behavioral problems that manifest as (or contribute to) diagnoses of learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD. Additionally, other conditions, such as autism, are often compounded by these kind of developmental vision problems.
Vision Therapy can offer significant improvement in these conditions and therefore can significantly contribute to improved learning, behavior, and the ability to socially and academically thrive in and out of the classroom.
How Does Vision Therapy Work?
Vision therapy is a progressive program of vision activities and procedures that are performed by trained therapists under doctor supervision and individualized to fit the needs of each patient. This type of therapy helps patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities, improve visual comfort, increase visual efficiency and change how a client processes/interprets visual information.
Vision therapy can be prescribed when a comprehensive eye examination indicates that it is an appropriate treatment option for the patient. The specific program of therapy is based on the results of standardized tests, the needs of the patient, and the patient’s signs and symptoms. Programs typically involve eye exercises and the use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments, and / or computer programs. The course of therapy may last weeks to several years, with intermittent monitoring by the eye doctor.
Like many skills, vision skills are developed and can generally be improved through proper therapeutic exercises and techniques. Under the direction of a developmental optometrist, a vision therapist works with the patient on a series of therapy exercises to enhance critical information processing skills, visual motor skills, eye teaming and ocular coordination.
The patient would come to the office once or twice per week for in office therapy and is provided home exercises and procedures to reinforce his or her progress on the other days. The exercises are modified as the patient progresses. The key to successful vision therapy is consistency.
Vision Therapy Statistics
Here are a few statistics on vision therapy taken from College of Optometrists in Vision development (COVD).
- One out of four children struggle with reading and learning unnecessarily because of undiagnosed vision problems
- Approximately 60% of problem learners have undiagnosed vision problems contributing to their difficulties
- 25% of Children May Have a Learning-Related Vision Problem
- 13% of children between nine and thirteen years of age suffer from moderate to marked convergence insufficiency.
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Read Reviews from Our Patients:
“I’m so grateful to Dr. Pino and her wonderful staff, my daughter was having academic issues related to her vision, I had no idea what Vision Therapy was or how much it could help her. She improved her writing skills and comprehension, it made such a difference! We love Lesli the Vision Therapist and all the staff at Dr. Pino’s office was always cheerful and supportive, I would highly recommend them!” – R. Currea
“Our son always struggled in school, he has a learning disability and after many different types of therapies with no real improvement for him we discovered Vision Therapy and what it’s all about. It has been a real game changer for our son and made such a difference in not only his school grades but in his confidence! I can’t say enough about Dr. Pino and her staff, their expertise and their caring nature is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before and the results for my son have been amazing!” – G. Sanchez
“So many times I didn’t know where to turn for help for my son, watching him struggle in school and at home with his homework…Vision Therapy has been the best thing we’ve done for him, he has no more headaches and he really stays focused on his school work, it’s been such a blessing and we are so greatful to Dr. Pino and her staff who made such a difference in our lives!” – C. Benitez
“We drive all the way from Weston to this office for Vision Therapy for our daughter! Dr. Pino and the staff always goes above and beyond in every way, our daughter has improved so much with reading comprehension and homework has become so much less time consuming! Her grades are improving and we are so happy with Vision Therapy, it has really made a difference!” – N. Heuglin
“My son was recommended by our Optometrist for Vision Therapy to help strengthen his eyes, the therapist explained the treatment plan to us in detail, her name is Lesli and she was great! The Vision Therapy has really strengthened my son’s eyes and his reading and writing skills have improved significantly! I would highly recommend this office and Dr. Pino for any Vision Therapy needs!” – P. Garcia