While some eye conditions are best treated with eyeglasses or contact lenses, some forms of vision impairment can be resolved through a treatment known as Vision Therapy. This type of physical therapy involves a series of eye exercises designed to help patients recover normal visual skills. It can improve functions such as eye tracking or movement, eye alignment, focusing or visual processing.
Who Can Benefit From Vision Therapy
Children and adults can benefit from vision therapy to treat many visual challenges such as:
- Poor binocular coordination – when 2 eyes are not working together properly, vision therapy can help develop normal coordination and teamwork of the eyes. This can be beneficial in cases of Amblyopia (lazy eye), Diplopia (double vision), Strabismus (crossed eyes), hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness) or astigmatism
- Learning-related vision problems – poor visual skills can result in deficiencies in reading, writing and overall learning abilities.
- Visual problems caused by computer usage - at school, work or home, constant staring at a computer screen can lead to blurred vision, eye strain, headaches or worsening of existing eye disorders.
- Sports vision impairment – success in sports cannot be achieved without strong visual skills, including eye tracking, hand-eye coordination and peripheral vision
What is Involved in a Vision Therapy Program
Patients typically come to the office twice weekly for 30 - 45 minutes each visit. In addition, homework is given to be done at home as reinforcement of what is learned during the office therapy sessions. Commitment to the therapy program, and maintaining a schedule of weekly visits, is important in the success of the program.
Dr. Martin at Family Vision Development Center in Aurora has specialized training in Vision Therapy and Vision Development and truly enjoys helping to restore the visual capabilities of his patients. Call Family Vision at 630-862-2020 or visit fvdcpc.com for more information.
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