Corrective Optometric Vision Therapy Programs
Some people are born with vision issues, others develop them as time passes. When vision is not in optimal condition, everyday life can begin to suffer.
For children, this can be seen in the classroom, as vision issues can cause reading and learning problems. For adults, this can be seen at home and work, as vision issues and eye strain can lead to blurry vision, headaches and an overall lack of effectiveness.
For certain issues, optometric vision therapy can correct the vision problem or help improve visual skills.
What is Vision Therapy?
Optometric vision therapy is a non-surgical, therapeutic program in which doctor and patient engage in visual activities designed to strengthen the visual system and teach it to correct its impairments. The goal of vision therapy is to treat vision issues that glasses, contacts or surgery can’t treat alone, and to help individuals achieve clear binocular vision.
These visual activities can be thought of as physical therapy for the eyes. Most vision therapy exercises:
- Are always customized to fit an individual’s exact vision needs
- Involve both the eyes and the parts of the brain that control vision
- Include prisms, filters, lenses, and computer-assisted activities
- Utilize balance metronomes, boards and non-computerized visual instruments when needed
- Require active participation from all team members to be successful and effective, including: doctor, patient, child’s parents and, when necessary, vision therapist
Strengthen Your Eyes with Regular Exercise
Just like you lift weights to build biceps or tighten your core, repetition can work wonders for your vision.
Our doctors will design and supervise a vision therapy for adults or vision therapy for kids program of regular eye exercises. They can also prescribe computer or web-based systems to exercise your eyes in between vision therapy appointments. Our doctors often recommend patients with learning difficulties or brain injuries to practice their eye exercises at home on a consistent basis.
Correct Lazy Eye the Natural Way
So, how did you or your child end up afflicted with a “lazy eye” anyway? Most often, they simply didn’t learn how to move or focus their eye properly.
The good news is that there’s usually no need for surgery. Through optometric vision therapy, and by wearing proper patching, contacts or glasses, the lazy eye can be improved. There are even new scientific studies and treatments of neuroplasticity focused on improving lazy eyes in older patients.
Stronger Muscles = Better Focus
To best target the right issue, and help your vision improve, we’ll guide your exercises during your in-office visit. Some examples of exercises include:
- Practice crossing towards your nose slowly and not seeing double
- Practice exercising your focus from near to far and far to near
- Moving/tracking with your eyes in the 9 different gazes to improve side to side an up and down movements
- Work on peripheral awareness and depth perception exercises