Vision therapy, also referred to as vision training, neuro-vision therapy or vision rehabilitation, is a course of treatment offered by highly-skilled optometrists. Vision therapy is a non-surgical method to improve or correct eye function in patients of all ages. The overall goal of this therapy is to improve a patient’s quality of life.
How Vision Therapy Works
Simply put, vision therapy works by developing and strengthening neurological pathways in the brain that are vital to processing images. Vision therapy is in some ways similar to physical therapy, in which repeated exercises are used to reinforce and improve motor skills. Vision therapy involves eye exercises that incorporate the use of lenses, prisms, filters and other non-surgical tools.
Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is especially beneficial for adults or children with ocular motor dysfunctions, binocular dysfunctions, accommodative dysfunctions, visual motor and visual perception disorders, learning-related vision problems, traumatic brain injuries, myopia, amblyopia and strabismus.
Depending on the severity of the issue and how a patient responds to treatment, vision therapy can last anywhere between six weeks to one year. Most courses of treatment require weekly or bi-weekly therapy sessions.
What Conditions Does Vision Therapy Treat?
Vision therapy can help treat a great variety of visual conditions and disorders, including:
Vision-Related Learning Difficulties
While vision therapy cannot treat dyslexia or other neurocognitive disorders, it can assist adults and children with vision-related learning difficulties like impaired or delayed literacy. Patients will receive therapy that focuses specifically on improving the visual-input skills and visual-processing skills required for efficient reading, writing, spelling and mathematics.
Amblyopia, sometimes referred to as Lazy Eye, is a visual disorder caused by abnormal vision development during infancy. Patients with amblyopia have reduced vision in one eye because it is not working properly in conjunction with the brain. If left untreated Amblyopia can cause legal blindness.
Vision therapy for amblyopia will depend on the severity of the disorder and may include patching the stronger eye to force the brain to pay attention to signals transmitted from the amblyopic eye or eye-alignment exercises and eye-teaming activities.
Commonly called crossed eyes, strabismus is a condition in which eyes do not work together, becoming misaligned. While one eye focuses on an object, the other does not. The disorder can be hereditary or caused by profound and sustained eye strain. People with Strabismus commonly experience emotional distress, as it prevents them for making eye contact in social situations.
Vision therapy can be used to train and strengthen the muscles that control the eyes, encouraging them to work together in alignment.
Contact A+ Vision Optometry Today
A+ Vision Optometry is a full-service optometrist in Ladera Ranch, CA, that offers vision therapy to improve our patients’ quality of life. Fill out our contact form today, or call us at (949) 364-4455.