“Good vision" is not limited to solely reading the 20/20 line during your eye exam. In order for anyone to attain good vision, you must have a strong focusing (accommodative) system in addition to a functional binocular system (eye-teaming) that allows your eyes to work together to perceive a letter single and clear. Vision issues can range anywhere from blurred vision, double vision, loss of depth perception, or the inability to process the information one sees accurately. Many times these issues could be resolved with an updated glasses or contact prescription assuming the binocular and accommodative system are intact. Other times, patients continue to have complaints of eye strain and double vision even when fully corrected. This is where vision therapy is most beneficial— helping regain strength and control over your accommodative and binocular system to achieve optimum vision. Vision therapy is also highly effective in patients with post-traumatic brain injuries that complain of the aforementioned symptoms in addition to environmental “noise”, loss of balance, and frequent, debilitating migraines. Vision therapy will help in re-wiring these neurons and strengthening the entire visual system.
Common Questions about Vision Therapy
There is more to vision therapy than simply strengthening the eyes. It also enhances the neurological connections between the eyes and the brain. Eyes are the windows of the brain. It directly influences sight based on how it interprets images received. A healthy connection between the eyes and the brain is essential for good eyesight.
Vision Therapy FAQs:
How does vision therapy work?
It uses progressive vision exercises performed under the supervision of your eye care provider. Each set of exercises is tailored to meet the individual visual needs of a patient. These exercises are done a few times per week in sessions lasting 15 to 30 minutes based on your doctor’s evaluation of your needs and goals. The exercises are designed to continue until visual processing problems show improvement. The exercises may be prescribed for home use or in the clinic under the supervision of a doctor.
What is the purpose of the vision exercises?
Vision exercises are designed to help patients improve basic visual skills that connect the eyes with the brain. These exercises can improve visual efficiency by changing how a patient interprets images. This helps them see and understand images correctly.
Do these exercises simply strengthen eye muscles?
Nothing about vision therapy is centered on strengthening eye muscles. These muscles can be strengthened through orthoptics if they need strengthening. This therapy is all about improving vision problems that may interfere with learning by strengthening the neurological pathways between the eyes and the brain.
Is there scientific evidence that it really works?
It does work. Studies on vision therapy show it is effective in improving the lives of patients. Data shows that this therapy can improve visual function enough to keep it from interfering with a patient's ability to absorb information and learn. In its own sphere, this therapy is as effective as physical therapy or occupational therapy..
Who typically needs vision therapy?
It can be a useful tool for helping children and adults alike. Children with learning or reading problems can benefit from the vision boost these exercises provide. Eyeglasses are not the solution when the problem is visual processing. These problems can't be detected without tests done by an optometrist. Adults can see vision improvement through this therapy as well. It can help curb eye-strain related vision processing problems brought on by working with computers all day.
What is the first step in a vision therapy program?
A comprehensive yearly vision exam is necessary before starting therapy. Following the exam, your eye doctor can determine whether or not this type of therapy is the recommended treatment for your vision problems. To schedule your comprehensive vision examination and see if vision therapy is an option for you phone (972) 540-2015 today.