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Vision Therapy

Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain — is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities. Many patients who have been told, “it’s too late,” or “you’ll have to learn to live with it” have benefited from vision therapy.

In the case of learning disabilities, vision therapy is specifically directed toward resolving visual problems which interfere with reading, learning and educational instruction. Optometrists do not claim that vision therapy is a direct treatment for learning disabilities.

What is involved in a Vision Therapy program?

Vision therapy is:

  • a progressive program of vision “exercises” or procedures
  • performed under doctor supervision
  • individualized to fit the visual needs of each patient
  • generally conducted in-office, in once or twice weekly sessions of 30 minutes to an hour
  • occasionally supplemented with procedures done at home between office visits (“home reinforcement” or “homework”)

Depending on the case, the procedures are prescribed to:

  • help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities
  • improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency
  • change how a patient processes or interprets visual information

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