Please note: Vision Therapy services are only offered at our Nashville location.
WHAT IS VISION THERAPY?
Vision therapy, visual training, or vision training is an individualized, supervised treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual deficiencies. Vision therapy trains the entire visual system which includes eyes, brain and body. The goal of VT (vision therapy) is to train the brain to use the eyes to receive information effectively, comprehend it quickly and react appropriately.
WHAT DOES VISION THERAPY INCLUDE?
Vision therapy sessions include non-surgical procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control eye alignment, eye movements, focusing abilities, and eye teaming. State-of-the-art technology and software allows vision therapist to offer patients challenging programs for the enhancement of eye teaming, focusing, binocularity, fusional skills, convergence skills, and perceptual skills.
Vision therapy programs are individually designed for each person for maximum improvement. Each office session is approximately 30 minutes of one-on-one training with the vision therapist and at home exercises are given to help with self-reinforcing.
Studies show that 1 out of 5 (20%) school age children have an undiagnosed visual issue that affects learning. This percentage dramatically increases within the special education, learning disabled and remedial reading populations, where as many as 70% of these students have a significant visual component to their learning problems.
VISION THERAPY CAN HELP THE FOLLOWING BEHAVIORS OR DISORDERS:
- Lazy eye, crossed-eyes, or wandering eyes
- Turn or tilts head to see
- Squinting or covering one eye to see
- Excessive blinking
- Short attention span (diagnosed with ADHD or ADD)
- Poor handwriting
- Poor visual/motor skills (hand-eye coordination)
- Frequently drops things or bumps into things
- Omits words while reading
- Reverses words or numbers
- Frequently looses place while reading
- Uses finger to keep place while reading
- Complains of headaches, eyestrain, dizziness or nausea while reading
- Complains of double vision
- Birth injury
- Brain trauma
WHO NEEDS VISION THERAPY?
Patients who require vision therapy generally have the following visual challenges:
- Learning related visual problems: Conditions such as poor eye teaming, focusing, tracking and visualization skills can all negatively affect learning.
- Crossed Eye (Strabismus) or Lazy Eye (Amblyopia): Crossed eyes and/or lazy eyes can be treated with vision therapy instead of conventional surgery, glasses or patching. Vision therapy is very effective for these conditions at an early age, but can yield results for patients of any age.
- Stress-induced vision problems: Our high-tech society requires many people to do a large volume of near work in front of a computer screen. Because of this, there is an increasing number of patients that experience eyestrain, headaches and other visual related difficulties.
- Visual rehabilitation for special populations (strokes, brain injuries, developmental delays, multiple sclerosis, etc.): A neurological disorder or trauma to the nervous system can affect a person’s vision. This includes people who have traumatic brain injuries, strokes, whiplash, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological ailments.
- Sports vision improvement: Even good vision can become better. Athletes often use vision therapy to improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking and visualization skills.