Vision Therapy in Tennessee

Vision therapy works like physical therapy for your eyes and aims to improve your vision by strengthening the relationship between your eyes and your brain. It can help alleviate binocular vision problems, congenital conditions, and vision that has been compromised by an injury.

Vision therapy consists of a series of in-office supervised and at-home exercises and treatments. It can help your eyes learn to work better together, a key component of binocular vision, necessary for comfortable sight and strong depth perception.

Disorders and Behaviors that Benefit from Vision Therapy

There are a variety of disorders and behaviors that vision therapy can help. These include:

  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Strabismus (crossed eyes)
  • Tilting or turning the head to see better
  • Squinting or covering one eye to see better
  • Excessive blinking
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Reversing words or numbers when reading
  • Omitting words while reading
  • Frequently dropping things or bumping into objects
  • Using a finger to keep track while reading
  • Frequently losing your place while reading
  • Frequent headaches, eye strain, dizziness, or nausea while performing prolonged up close tasks such as reading
  • Brain trauma
  • Birth injury

Who Might Benefit from Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy can help with a wide range of problems and disorders. These include:

Learning-Related Vision Problems
Conditions such as poor eye teaming, focusing, and tracking can have a negative impact on your child’s ability to learn.
Strabismus and Amblyopia
Individuals with “crossed” eyes or “lazy” eyes can benefit from vision therapy, and may not require surgery to correct their condition.
Digital Eye Strain

Many of us spend long hours using our smartphones, tablets, and computers. These prolonged periods of digital device use are hard on our eyes and can cause eye strain, headaches, and other vision related problems.

Neorological Disorders

Individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries, strokes, whiplash, and other neurological disorders that impact the relationship between their eyes and brain may benefit from vision therapy. Individuals who have conditions such as developmental delay, cerebral palsy, or multiple sclerosis may also benefit.

Sports Vision

Athletes often turn to vision therapy to improve their hand-eye coordination, visual reaction times, peripheral awareness, focusing, eye teaming, tracking, and visualization skills.

Vision Therapy Methods

At OPMT Vision Centers, we use both traditional, tried and true methods and high-tech, cutting edge technology to treat vision problems in both adults and children. Our methods include patching, prismatic lenses, exercises, Sanet Vision Integrator, and Vivid Vision virtual reality.

Patching
Patching is a fairly common type of vision therapy. When our eyes are unable to effectively work together as a team, our brain may choose to ignore the visual input of the weaker eye in order to better make sense of the visual information it is receiving. Amblyopia (also known as “lazy eye”), can be treated using the vision therapy technique called patching. Patching involves routinely covering the stronger eye with a patch, which forces the brain to accept visual input from the weaker eye.
Prismatic lenses

Prismatic lens exercises involve wearing a pair of specialized eyeglasses fitted with prisms, which temporarily alter your vision. You then perform a series of simple exercises, such as following a ball on a stick with your eyes or walking along a plank of wood on the floor. Like all vision therapy exercises, prismatic lens exercises are designed to retrain your brain and strengthen its relationship with your eyes.

Sanet Vision Integrator

The Sanet Vision Integrator is an all in one vision therapy trainer. The system takes patients through a wide variety of vision therapy exercises and offers an integrated touch screen and balancing board.

Vivid Vision Virtual Reality

Vivid Vision uses virtual reality to help patients perform visual therapy exercises in a fun and engaging way. It is designed to treat binocular vision disorders including amblyopia and strabismus.

For more information about vision therapy, or to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child, please contact us.