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Who can vision therapy help?

Vision therapy is prescribed to treat many abnormalities of the visual system, such as:

Vision is much more than just the ability to see clearly. Abnormalities of the visual system that are not related to visual acuity can affect eye teaming (binocular vision), focusing, tracking, and/or visual processing abilities. Vision therapy is a weekly rehabilitative program that uses specific sequences of neurosensory and neuromuscular activities that are prescribed to treat  these dysfunctions. And while it does not make the eye muscles “stronger”, it does seek to train the brain how to more efficiently use the eyes together.  It can be used to develop, rehabilitate, and enhance visual skills and processing. At Brown Family Eyecare our doctors screen for these disorders during each comprehensive eye exam but further testing is often required to discover the specific area of deficiency.

Common causes

Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation may also be useful in treating patients with certain vision problems following:

  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries or Concussions

  • Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries 

  • Other Neurological Visual Disturbances

Symptoms to look for:

Some symptoms that may point toward one of these visual abnormalities that vision therapy can help you with:

  • Off and On Double vision 

  • Visually-related headaches or eyestrain 

  • Fatigue or difficulty concentrating during/after visual activities 

  • Fluctuations in vision (blurry vision)

  • Difficulty shifting focus

  • Losing one’s place or skipping words/lines while reading

  • Difficulty with attention or concentration 

  • Having poor spatial awareness or coordination

What is a Vision Therapy Evaluation?

Because the visual system as a whole is very complicated, it can lead to difficulty in diagnosing abnormalities of the visual system and further testing is often required. A Vision Therapy Evaluation by our residency-trained doctor is used to conduct this additional testing and determine the best course of treatment. The following are the primary four visual skills that must all be evaluated to determine the specific problem:

  • Eye Teaming (Binocular Vision)

  • Eye Focusing (Accommodation)

  • Eye Tracking (Oculomotor)

  • Visual Perceptual Skills  

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What is Vision Therapy?

Vision is much more than just the ability to see clearly. Abnormalities of the visual system that are not related to visual acuity can affect eye teaming (binocular vision), focusing, tracking, and/or visual processing abilities. Vision therapy is a weekly rehabilitative program that uses specific sequences of neurosensory and neuromuscular activities that are prescribed to treat  these dysfunctions. And while it does not make the eye muscles “stronger”, it does seek to train the brain how to more efficiently use the eyes together.  It can be used to develop, rehabilitate, and enhance visual skills and processing. At Brown Family Eyecare our doctors screen for these disorders during each comprehensive eye exam but further testing is often required to discover the specific area of deficiency.