First, welcome to Nashville Vision Therapy here at Optometric Physicians of Middle Tennessee.
Our program begins with an comprehensive examination from Dr. Richard Durocher.
Comprehensive Examination Evaluates:
- Visual Acuity
- Pursuits (ability to track a moving target) and Saccades (ability to switch fixation between two targets)
- Ability to converge the eyes
- Alignment of the eyes at distance and near
- Visual Field
- Refractive Condition
- Ability to converge and diverge the eyes when looking at a distance target
- Ability to converge and diverge the eyes when looking at a near target
- Magnitude of focusing ability
- Flexibility of focusing ability
- Function in near tasks with various performance lenses
- Pupillary reflexes
- Internal and external ocular health
Also Includes-Sensory Motor Assessment:
- Binocular space perception.
- Color Perception
- Visual motor integration
- Developmental eye movement (“tracking”)
- Eye movements while reading
Once the comprehensive examination is complete at the next visit your child will take the Perceptual Motor Evaluation test (if reccommended).
Perceptual Motor Evaluation Test (PME):
- Oculomotility: Tests Pursuits, Saccades, Scanning and Focus ability
- Laterality and Directionality
- Visual Perception Processing Screening: Visual Discrimination, Visual Memory, Spatial Relations, Form Constancy, Sequential Memory, Figure Ground, and Visual Closure.
- Motor coordination
- Visual motor integration
- Reversal Frequency
After completing the Examination and PME, the doctor will review the results of the testing and create an individualized treatment plan. This will be reviewed at the Orientation & Consult. Both the results of the testing and the doctor’s recommended treatment plan will be presented to the patient and/or the patient’s legal guardian(s) at this 45-minute visit. The purpose of the Orientation and Consult is to provide ample time to discuss the testing results and treatment plan as well as answer any questions that you may have.
After Orientation & Consult, in-office Vision Therapy begins which consist of approximately 30 minutes of one-on-one in-office therapy once per week combined with 20-30 minutes of home therapy 6 times per week. If you are coming from a distance of one hour or more, we can make accommodations by scheduling bi-weekly sessions of one hour.
The individualized Vision Therapy program will emphasize the following:
- Visual-spatial tasks to develop integrated sequential and directional concepts.
- A visualization program to improve the speed and span of visual recognition as they pertain to short and long-term memory.
- Visuo-motor tasks to improve body awareness and control, and visually directed fine motor skills.
- Inter-sensory integration skills through visual-auditory-verbal matching.
- Activities to integrate reflexive movement patterns to better facilitate the development of visual skills through motor development.
- Teach the brain how to use the eyes effectively to gather information, understand it quickly and to react to it appropriately.
Progress evaluations will be performed at 8-week intervals throughout the vision therapy program to determine your child’s improvement.
While every child is unique on how Vision Therapy affects them, with hard work and repetition, improvements will be noticed within 4-6 weeks.
When your child has met all goals set by the Vision Therapist and Dr. Durocher, an updated Perceptual Motor Evaluation test will be given to confirm improvements of all the above areas. At the next visit an overview progress evaluation will be performed by doctor and his recommendations will be given. At this time the patient will have completed therapy, or a continuation of therapy will be recommended.
If you have any questions or comments about our Vision Therapy Program please call 615-386-3036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org