As an optometrist with many years of experience, I have seen the benefits that vision therapy can have on my patients. This non-surgical program can correct certain vision problem and improve visual skills over time and can be beneficial for patients of all ages and backgrounds. While contact lenses and glasses can often correct vision problems, vision therapy involves a more holistic approach that trains parts of the brain that control vision.
Vision therapy can transform the muscles and anatomy of the eye and will often involve filters, lenses and prisms, as well as balance boards and devices to help correct vision. There is no "one size fits all" solution when it comes to this type of therapy. Instead, the program will be tailored according to the needs of the individual.
As vision therapy helps to treat problems that can't otherwise be fixed with contact lenses or glasses, it can help patients who suffer with more severe eye-related problems and essentially trains the eye muscles in both children and adults. Vision Therapy is another solution to the many problems a child my face when learning to read. It can be a great supplemental program to a reading specialist.
What are the benefits of Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy can be used to transform the visual system, including visual perception and parts of the brain that control vision. There are a number of patients who have conditions that qualify for this treatment, including those with strabismus, amblyopia, and eye movement disorders. Research has shown that vision therapy can correct the accuracy of eye movements and keep the eyes properly aligned when a patient is looking at objects at far distances or when reading.
So what happens in a Vision Therapy session?
I have noticed that the most effective vision therapy programs are those which take into account the patient's circumstances. For example, a patient who has eye-related problems might need to undergo several tests that focus on the perception of depth, visual perception skills and eye movements. An initial consultation will take place where the patient will be given a detailed assessment and a vision therapy program might be recommended if need be. The length of the therapy and what it will involve will depend on various factors.
Personalized treatment programs for each Patient
I know that no patients are the same, and when it come to vision therapy, it is important that a patient embarks on a program that is best suited to their needs. The best vision therapy will need to be individualized for each patient and always performed under the supervision of a professional.
The patient can then carry out further exercises at home after consulting with a trained optometrist. A typical vision therapy session will last between 30 minutes and an hour and take place once or twice a week. The patient will develop new visual abilities and skills, and emphasis will be placed on how they process visual information. There are a wide range of vision therapy techniques available, which include optical filters, prism lenses, and corrective lenses. Specialized computer software, eye patches, and balance boards might also be used during the session.