Vision therapy is the treatment of strabismus (eye-turn), amblyopia, ocular motor dysfunction (tracking difficulties) and visual perceptual delays. The impact of untreated vision related learning problems spans academic, athletic and social areas of an individual’s life. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment can improve visual acuity (clarity of eyesight), enable proper eye alignment, improve depth perception, reading skills (speed, comprehension and decrease reversals) and improve focusing ability and handwriting.
We work closely with occupational therapists as we find children with gross motor; fine motor and sensory processing delays most often have vision related delays that can be treated successfully with vision therapy. Vision therapy in some ways is similar to physical therapy. Vision therapy is the strengthening of ocular motor control and alignment, which creates neurological synapses to create and maintain better visual performance and coordination. This correlates with improved fine motor eye movements, depth perception and reading speed and comprehension.
We do vision therapy (VT) in a unit of 12 forty-minute sessions with our vision therapist, followed by a progress evaluation by the doctor at the end of each unit. The vision therapy is administered by the vision therapist under the guidance of the doctor. Materials will be provided for home therapy activities. The vision therapy program can range from 4 months to several years depending on the diagnosis, severity and compliance with the therapy program.