Vision therapy, also referred to as vision training, neuro-vision therapy, or vision rehabilitation, is an optometry subspecialty. Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain, and is used to develop, improve and/or enhance visual function. Vision therapy can be beneficial for individuals of all ages. The goal of treatment is to work toward eliminating vision problems and improving a patient’s quality of life by maximizing vision performance and comfort.
How Vision Therapy Works
A vision therapy program involves a series of eye “exercises” and procedures, performed in the office by our highly-trained visual therapists, and specifically tailored to each individual patient. The in-office programs may involve the use of specialized equipment such as corrective or therapeutic lenses, prism lenses, balance boards or visual-motor-sensory integration training devices. Patients may also be given at-home exercises on a weekly basis in order to reinforce the progress made in the office.
A successful program can help a patient develop their visual skills and abilities, improve the efficiency of their vision, or change how they process or interpret visual information.
Who Benefits From Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is especially beneficial for individuals with ocular motor dysfunctions, binocular dysfunctions, accommodative dysfunctions, visual motor and visual perception disorders, learning-related vision problems, traumatic brain injuries, myopia control, amblyopia, and strabismus. Vision therapy may also be prescribed for patients seeking sports vision enhancement.
An effective therapy program is customized to meet the needs of an individual. For example, if you are seeking sports performance enhancement, you will receive therapy designed to improve visual processing speeds, reaction times, visual endurance, accuracy, and eye teaming. Individuals with vision-related learning difficulties will receive therapy that focuses specifically on improving the visual input skills and visual processing skills required for efficient reading, writing, spelling and mathematics.
Family Vision Development Center Offers Expert Vision Therapy Programs
At Family Vision, our specialty is neuro-optometric rehabilitation and vision therapy. Dr. Martin is specially trained to treat a variety of vision related conditions using the most advanced and up-to-date vision therapy techniques, and Dr. Santoyo-Johnson is a board-certified Fellow in Light Therapy by the College of Syntonic Optometry. Our experience and dedication to the field allows our patients to feel confident that they are receiving the best care possible. Contact us at 630-862-2020 for more information or request an appointment online.
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A visit to the eye doctor can be a little overwhelming for young patients, especially if it’s the first visit. Even with a friendly, welcoming the staff, small children may feel shy or find vision testing machines and gadgets a little intimidating. Luckily, parents can make an optometrist visit much less daunting by following a few of these suggestions.
Don’t Keep Your Child in Suspense
Whether you’re 3 or 33, new situations are a lot less scary if you know what to expect. Before your child’s optometrist visit, explain the purpose of the visit. (You want to make sure he or she can see well.) Use age-appropriate language to explain the various steps in the eye examination process, which usually include a review of your child’s medical and vision history, a physical examination of the eyes and eyelids, and a visual assessment to determine if your child can see clearly.
During the assessment, your son or daughter will be asked to look at images or letters. Preschoolers may view several large capital Es that face in different directions. They’ll use their hands to indicate which direction the arms of the Es point. If your child knows the letters of the alphabet, he or she will read the traditional Snellen eye chart.
Eye drops may be used to dilate your child’s pupils. Dilation helps the optometrist view the retina, a light-sensing layer of cells that line the back of the eye. Although the drops aren’t painful, they will make your son or daughter’s vision a little blurry. Be sure to mention that the eye doctor will also look in your child’s eyes with a small light during the examination.
Choose the Best Appointment Time
Kids, like all of us, tend to feel a little more energetic at certain times of the day. If you want to make the optometrist visit as pleasant as possible, choose a time when your son or daughter is usually happy and well-rested. Scheduling visits during your child’s usual meal or nap time, immediately after a nap, or at the end of a long day can result in a cranky child who is reluctant to participate in the vision assessment.
Appointments usually last an hour or less, but may take longer if your child’s eyes are dilated or if you want to select eyeglass frames at the end of the visit.
Distract and Engage
The eye doctor will make every effort to see your child at the appointed time, but that doesn’t mean you won’t spend a little time in the waiting room completing paperwork. Prepare for any possible waiting time by bringing a few toys or books from home to keep your little ones occupied.
Offer a Little Reassurance
Some kids hop on the exam chair without prompting, while others aren’t quite as brave. If your young child is nervous or anxious, feel free to hold him or her in your lap during the assessment and examination. Older children may feel more confident if you stay by their sides or sit in a nearby chair during the visit with the optometrist.
When Should You Take a Child to Their First Optometrist Visit?
The American Optometric Association recommends that children visit the optometrist for the first time at 6 – 12 months old, followed by another visit between 3 and 5 years of age, then yearly visits from ages 6 to 18. However – it is important to remember that these are just guidelines. If you notice any issues with your child’s vision, always bring them in. Early detection of vision disorders can make a difference in the effectiveness of treatment, so it is better to be safe. Consult this Parent’s Checklist to look for early signs of vision impairment.
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Discovering that your child has a vision disorder can be frustrating and overwhelming. You may see them struggling with everyday activities and want to do everything you can to help get the problem corrected. Vision Therapy is a type of visual training (like physical therapy for the eyes and brain) that uses a series of eye exercises to recover normal visual skills. It is very successful for treating many types of vision disorders including amplyopia (lazy eye), crossing eyes, visual tracking issues, focusing or convergence issues, or visual impairment due to a concussion or traumatic injury.
If you are considering Vision Therapy as an option, but are not sure if it is right for your child, read about these parents’ experiences after bringing their kids to Dr. Martin at the Family Vision Development Center in Aurora.
Vision Therapy Can Help With School Struggles
Prior to vision therapy, our son struggled in school. He avoided reading and anything that had to do with writing. Homework was a nightmare and very stressful on the household.
Since he has completed the vision therapy program, school has become easier & he no longer needs reading programs. If it wasn’t for Dr. Martin & his team, I believe things would have progressively got worse.
–Parent of C.C.
Before we started Vision Therapy, getting our daughter to do homework was a nightmare! No first grader should have to sit at the table for nearly an hour writing ten words. She was diagnosed with ADHD because of this lack of focus.
I learned about Vision Therapy and decided to go forward with it. The last few weeks really opened the door for her – she’s reading chapter books! She is blazing thru her math problems & she’s gotten more coordinated physically.
I am SO GLAD we found Dr. Martin while she’s this young – the future is now firmly in her own hands.
–Parent of A.H.
Thanks for all of your work with our son! He’s reading at grade level now and he gets more work done at school so he’s bringing home less homework!
–Parent of R.J.M.
Vision Therapy Can Bring the Joy Back to Reading
Thanks to the whole Family Vision team! My daughter is now an avid reader who is happy to pick up a book! What a change 6 months can make.
–Parent of M.H.
Thank you Family Vision for helping my son. He has been improving on his grades in school because he can now focus better. I think his concentration and being able to retain information has improved as well.
I was most excited when I saw him actually reading a book for fun! That never happened before!
–Parent of B.M.
Vision Therapy Can Improve Quality of Life
What an amazing life changing journey this has been for not only our son, but for us as well!
Before Vision Therapy, he struggled for years in school. Every evening there was homework for hours. His self-confidence was very low.
From the beginning, Dr. Martin & staff had a goal for him that no one else thought he was capable of. We cannot thank you enough for opening so many doors that were shut before.
Love you guys!
–Parent of H.S.
The Family Vision Team Really Cares
We’re very happy for our son’s therapy results! Dr. Martin put together a fantastic team to make it happen & make it a pleasant experience each week.
The environment is very positive – we really appreciate the knowledge, patience, & professionalism that Dr. Martin, Kim, & Nancy have demonstrated. We would recommend the team to anyone who needs a good, efficient, & cost-effective eye therapy.
–Parent of C.Y.
Vision Therapy may not be the right choice for every child, but Dr. Martin will do a comprehensive eye health and vision evaluation before starting any treatments in order to develop the most effective treatment plan for your child. Contact us at 630-862-2020 or request an appointment online to speak with our team and learn more about our advanced Vision Therapy services.
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Maui Jim eyeglasses are available in stylish designs with exclusive lens technology that truly enhances your daily vision. Each pair comes with features like scratch-resistant, anti-reflective and advanced hydrophobic coatings, as well as 100% UV protection. Other features are also available to suit your specific needs, and your vision experts at Family Vision Development Center will help you select the perfect pair.
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Nike prescription glasses and sunglasses come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and materials to suit any lifestyle while staying on trend for both men and women. And keeping athletes in mind, their cutting-edge technology allows for maximum performance in your sport of choice with virtually distortion-free optics. Frames are available with features like integrated spring hinges, rubberized nose pads, adjustable frame features and materials like titanium, lightweight plastic and Flexon memory metal.
Visit Family Vision Development Center in Aurora to see our full line of designer glasses and sunglasses, including Maui Jim and Nike. It is important to consider materials, designs and coatings before making your final selection, and we are here to help you make the best choice. Contact us at 630-862-2020 or request an appointment online.
Unlike problems that involve actual eyesight or sharpness of vision, visual processing disorders affect how visual information is processed by the brain. A child may have 20/20 vision, but still struggle with processing things like symbols, pictures or distances. Visual processing disorders can hinder a child’s ability to learn properly in the classroom and can also present challenges while playing sports or socializing with peers, all of which can have a negative effect on their self-esteem.
Signs of Visual Processing Disorder
There are certain signs or symptoms to watch for that would indicate that a child may have trouble with visual processing. These could include:
- Difficulty distinguishing between similar letters, shapes or objects.
- Difficulty distinguishing a figure from its background
- Tendency to skip lines when reading, or read the same line over and over
- Trouble writing within the lines, copying from a book or bumping into things when walking
- Trouble remembering what they’ve seen or read
- Difficulty determining how close objects are to each other
- Difficulty identifying an object when only parts of the object are showing
- Frequent reversal of numbers, letters or words
- Organization problems
- Untidy handwriting
- Poor retention of visual classroom material
Vision Therapy is One Treatment Option
Vision therapy is a kind of physical therapy for the visual system which includes the eyes and brain, and can produce successful results for correcting visual processing disorders. In-office, one-on-one vision therapy treatments can improve visual processing speed, visual memory, visual-motor integration and more in order to improve a child’s visual processing issues and in turn help them to improve in the classroom, on the field, and with their peers.
Family Vision Development Center’s Dr. Martin has focused extensively on vision therapy techniques and applies his expertise and understanding of this form of vision treatment to his clients of all ages. Contact us at 630-862-2020 or click here to schedule an appointment where Dr. Martin can thoroughly evaluate your vision issues and determine the most effective treatment options.
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