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
Strabismus and Amblyopia
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.
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.
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.
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.