Vision Therapy

 

VISION INVOLVES MORE THAN SEEING 20/20

Some conditions may require treatment beyond just glasses and contacts.
Here are some signs of a possible vision problem, even if you see 20/20 with or without glasses:

  • Excessive blinking, frequent rubbing, squinting
  • Eye strain associated with close work or reading
  • Headaches, dizziness, nausea after reading
  • Avoidance of reading and other near activities
  • Words appear to move around on the page
  • Sometimes words/objects appear double
  • Burning and tearing
  • Poor concentration
  • Short attention span
  • Loss of place when reading
  • Skipping lines, re-reading lines
  • Slow reading
  • Poor comprehension, difficulty remembering what you just read
  • Closing or covering one eye is more comfortable
  • Tilting head to one side
  • One eye turns in or out (or other people have told you)
  • Blurry vision at near or distance
  • Blur when looking from near to far or far to near
  • Difficulty copying things down from far away (eg. chalkboard)
  • Holding things close to read

Beyond the ability see clearly, or “see 20/20”, vision involves other skills such as the tracking, focusing, using both eyes together as a team, and move them together effectively. These skills are important for reading, learning, as well as daily activities with high visual demands such as using a computer. Inability to use these functional vision skills can lead to headaches, fatigue, and eyestrain.
If this sounds like you, make an appointment with Dr. Lee for a Visual Skills Assessment.


WHAT IS VISION THERAPY

Vision Therapy

Vision therapy is a custom program of exercises designed to develop eye movement skills, focussing abilities, depth perception, visual processing, and eye teaming skills. It can be used to treat conditions such as amblyopia (“lazy eye”), strabismus (“eye turns”), focusing problems, and certain causes of double vision such as convergence insufficiency. This is like physical therapy for your brain and eyes. Through a series of exercises, along with the use of lenses, prisms, and filters, patients can develop the visual skills necessary for good functional vision.

Vision therapy involves weekly sessions in the office, supplemented with daily activities done at home. These sessions are one-on-one with doctor, and are tailored to your individual needs. The length and success of the program depends on the severity of the vision problem, the patient’s age and motivation, and diligence to perform the tasks as directed in the office and at home.

The first step is to schedule a Visual Skills Assessment with Dr. Lee. After a thorough evaluation, which may involve additional tests, she can decide whether vision therapy would be helpful for you.


ADDITIONAL INFO ABOUT VISION THERAPY

What is Vision Therapy?
Vision and Learning Forum
Vision and Learning
College of Optometrists in Vision Development
Parents Active in Vision Education
Vision Therapy Success Stories

 

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