Optometric Vision Therapy, also called visual training or VT, is devoted to aiding development while improving and enhancing visual performance.
VT can benefit people of all ages. Performed under the Doctor's supervision, Vision Therapy is a progressive program of vision procedures individualized and updated to fit the needs of each patient.
Unlike other forms of exercise, the goals of Optometric Vision Therapy does not include strengthening the eye muscles, because your eye muscles are already very strong. Other Tools used in Vision Therapy include lenses, prisms, flippers ( a kind of double-lens tool), anaglyphic (3-D) filters,occluders (patches), electronic targets with timing mechanisms, balance boards, and customized VT computer programs.
Powerful changes are created in visual perception and spatial awareness with the tools used exclusively in Vision Therapy.
Vision Therapy has been developed and used for the purposes of:
- Preventing vision and eye problems from developing
- Developing visual skills to perform more effectively in school, work and play
- Enhancing abilities on tasks requiring sustained visual effort
- Remediation or compensation for existing vision and eye problems
There are five key areas of function that Vision Therapy addresses:
- Visual Motor Guidance (gross motor and fine motor)
- Eye Tracking (ocular motility)
- Eye Focusing (near and far accommodation)
- Eye Alignment (binocular convergence and divergence)
- Visual Information Processing (includes visual memory and visualization)
Research has shown that a Vision Therapy Program is most beneficial when it includes a combination of in-office and home practice.
Vision therapy is individualized to meet the unique vision needs of each person. Improving vision aids in improving other skills and behavior. As a result, many people can benefit from Vision Therapy including those with ADD and ADHD, Special Needs, Dyslexia and Sports Vision needs.
To begin the process of learning how Vision Therapy can benefit you, book a visual perceptual or visual skills assessment with Dr. Matyas.
Our Vision Therapists are dedicated to helping our patients reach their vision goals as soon as possible
by making therapy as fun as possible, by getting to know the types of activities each patient likes, and by encouraging and motivating every step of the way on the path. Because of our ongoing communication with patients and their families, we know when they are nearing completion of therapy.
Once a patient’s Progress Evaluation shows optimal progress has been made for the current level of development, the patient has completed Vision Therapy.
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