What is Vision Therapy?

| February 24, 2016

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:

  • Comprehensive 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

Seeing ‘20/20’ is just one of 17 visual skills.

 Below is a complete list of the 17 visual skills necessary for reading, learning and sports:

  • 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

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Upon 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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