Being part of a vision therapy program is a lot of hard work. I will be the first to admit it. Our program consists of approximately 30 minutes of one-on-one in-office therapy, one to two times a week. On top of that, we recommend 20-30 minutes of home therapy six times per week.
Getting my patients to do the therapy at home is such a BIG part of their success. Why is it so important?
Simply said, your visual system is working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With vision therapy we are looking to change the behavior of your visual system and to do that it is all about repetition. That is the key to being successful. Our goal is to make the visual system automated (which means working on it’s own without you having to think about it), and the best way to do that is through repetition.
Doing vision therapy at home can be tough, especially when you have to do it six times per week. But as your child learns the skill they’re working on, starts to ingrain the skill, and finally begins integrating that skill into a fully functioning visual system, that makes all the hard work SO worth it.
Seeing your vision therapist one or two times a week for in-office therapy is not enough. You will see better and faster results when therapy is also done at home six times a week for 20-30 minutes. Then you can be another success story!
To close, it takes a team. I will do my part, but we need your help too. Parents, together let’s help your child!
I have also written many blogs about different ways to make therapy fun: