What is Vision Therapy?

| February 24, 2016

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Behavioral or Developmental Optometry is the health care field which deals with the prevention and remediation of functional vision problems.  We look beyond 20/20 eyesight as being the definition of good vision.  We have learned that many visual skills such as: eye teaming, eye focusing, tracking, and visual perception are necessary for optimum visual functioning.  Deficiencies in these areas can cause many symptoms such as: blurred near vision, headache, fatigue, and double vision.  Behavioral Optometrist utilize glasses, contact lenses, and vision therapy to prevent and treat these vision problems.

 

At Fox Vision Development Center, we provide the following:

  • img_1005-revComprehensive eye examinations for all ages
  • Perceptual Testing
  • Vision therapy for children, teenagers, adults (all ages!)
  • Treatment for learning-related vision issues, including ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, reading problems, and eye tracking problems.
  • Treatment for binocular vision conditions, such as amblyopia or lazy eye, Convergence Insufficiency (near vision disorder), Diplopia (double vision), No Depth Perception or poor depth perception (Stereoscopic Vision), and strabismus (cross-eyed, wandering eye, eye turns, etc.)
  • Visual rehabilitation for patients with special needs such as; developmental delays or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), including concussions or post-concussion syndrome, autism, and stroke.
  • Answers for computer vision syndrome and stress-related visual difficulties, including nearsightedness, eyestrain, headaches, words moving around on the page, etc.
  • Provider of Syntonic Optometric Vision Therapy – Visual treatments with light (Phototherapy or Light Therapy)
  • Visual evaluations for patients with Lyme Disease.

What is Vision Therapy?

  • A progressive program of care to help improve developmental visual skills.
  • Trained Vision Therapists use a variety of  tools designed for specific and unique vision therapy activities.
  • Vision therapy is performed under direct supervision of a doctor.
  • A program of care is individualized and designed to fit the visual needs of each patient.
  • Vision therapy is conducted in the office once a week. Sessions are 45 minutes to an hour.
  • At home, vision therapy exercises are completed between office visits.

Vision Therapy aims to:

  • Help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities.
  • Improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency.
  • Change how a patient processes or interprets visual information.

 

Signs and Symptoms of a vision issue:

Dislike or avoidance of near or close work

Letter or word reversals (b and d, was and saw)

Difficulty focusing

Frequent loss of place when reading

Poor reading comprehension

Excess blinking or rubbing of eyes

Inconsistent sports performance

Turning or tilting of head when reading

Double vision

Blurred vision

Headaches

Homework takes hours to complete

Inconsistent spacing when writing

Ask us about our Sports Vision Training…

 

The visual skills necessary for peak athletic performance in many sports are:

  • Dynamic Visual Acuity: Seeing moving objects clearly
  • Eye Tracking: the ability to “keep your eye on the ball”
  • Eye Focusing: the ability to change focus from one object to another quickly and clearly
  • Peripheral Awareness: seeing out of the corner of your eye
  • Depth Perception: the ability to quickly and accurately judge the distance and speed of objects
  • Eye-Hand or Eye-Body Coordination: the ability to use our eyes to effectively direct the movements of our hands/body

 

Do you know?

Most people don’t realize that you need 17 visual skills to succeed in reading, learning, sports, and in life. Seeing ‘20/20’ is just one of those visual skills.


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 Below is a complete list of visual skills:

Eye Movement Control

Simultaneous Focus at Far

Sustaining Focus at Far

Simultaneous Focus at Near

Sustaining Focus at Near

Simultaneous Alignment at Far

Sustaining Alignment at Far

Simultaneous Alignment at Near

Sustaining Alignment at Near

Central Vision (Visual Acuity)

Peripheral Vision

Depth Awareness

Color Perception

Gross Visual-Motor

Fine Visual-Motor

Visual Perception

Visual Integration

Join our AMAZING Stars!!

img_1025-revUpon completion of vision therapy, each vision therapy graduate is recognized for all of their hard work.  We are very proud of all of the patients we see. We love hearing about all of the success stories and watching each child reach their full potential.  Vision therapy is a life-changing experience and a gift that last a lifetime!

Vision therapy is an individualized program of care designed to treat visual skills deficiencies. If you feel that you could benefit from vision therapy, please contact our office (518) 374-8001 and we will guide you through the process.  For more detailed information, please visit our directory. http://www.optometrists.org/fox/vision_therapy.html.  Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

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