Vision Therapy FAQs
Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy with the goal of improving the function of and communication between the eyes and brain. When done correctly, it can resolve vision problems like amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes) and other disorders that can cause learning disabilities.
Our team will be happy to answer your questions during a vision therapy consultation. Here are some questions we’ve received from former patients.
Commonly Asked Questions About Vision Therapy
Q: How does vision therapy work?
Vision therapy uses progressive, guided vision exercises to strengthen or improve the affected neurological pathways. Each exercise plan is customized to the patient’s needs or condition. The exercises are done for 30-60 minutes, one to two times per week.
Q: What is the purpose of the vision exercises?
Vision exercises are designed to help patients improve the neurological pathways between the eyes and the brain that are vital to generating and interpreting images. These exercises can enhance learning capacity and cognitive skills.
Q: Can vision therapy treat learning disabilities?
Vision therapy cannot treat neurocognitive disabilities like ADD and dyslexia. However, it can help patients with those disabilities reduce the challenges of receiving educational instruction. Vision therapy can help patients who have trouble reading, writing and spelling.
Q: Do the exercises make eye muscles stronger?
Vision therapy is not about strengthening muscles; if needed, they can be strengthened through orthoptics. Instead, vision therapy is about improving cognitive capacities by strengthening neurological pathways between the brain and eyes.
Q: How is a vision therapy program started?
The very first step in a vision therapy regime is to undergo a comprehensive eye exam with a licensed optometrist. Dr. Nguyen can assess your vision to see if you are an ideal candidate for the treatment.
Q: Have studies proven that vision therapy works?
Vision therapy studies have demonstrated it is very effective at improving patients’ quality of life. Data proves that this form of therapy can improve visual function enough to treat vision-related learning difficulties.
Q: Who typically needs vision therapy?
This course of treatment can be useful for adults and helpful in pediatric vision care. Children struggling with reading comprehension can benefit from improved eye function. Vision therapy can also help adults. Visual therapy can ease eye strain problems inherent to working behind a computer every day, as well as treat sports performance issues.
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. We also provide comprehensive eye exams and pediatric vision care. Fill out our contact form today, or call us at (949) 364-4455.