Vision Therapy and Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation are unique forms of treatment that are physician formulated to allow the eyes and the brain to communicate and work more efficiently together. Children and Adults who undergo treatment for visual deficits often report the benefits of increased concentration; improved comprehension; increase in self- awareness and self-confidence; and improved school and work successes. Many patients also notice improved balance, reduced motion sickness, even improved sports performance!
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control:
- eye alignment,
- eye tracking and eye teaming,
- eye focusing abilities,
- eye movements, and/or visual processing
Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient’s newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.
Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?
- Children with learning-related vision problems. Vision Therapy can help those individuals who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, copying, writing, and learning. Research has shown Vision Therapy is effective for treating children and adults with eye movement & eye focusing issues; eye teaming difficulties; eye teaming endurance and visual attention as well as enhancing the development of eye-hand coordination; visual memory & picturing skills. All of treatment programs address the issues of visual attention and visual-auditory processing skills. Please see a complete list of symptoms these under-developed skills can produce on our Parent/Professional and Educators Checklist. For more information please refer to Children.
- People With Poor Binocular (2-eyed) Coordination. We help individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer. Reading, writing, attention and focus while doing school or work-related visual tasks, sports performance, motor coordination, depth perception and even contact can be affected. Fortunately, patients can learn to better develop these skills through an individualized program of vision therapy. Find out more here.
- People Recently Diagnosed With Convergence Insufficiency (Common Near Vision Disorder). Research recently published in medical journals demonstrated that patients will benefit from in-office, Optometric Vision Therapy significantly more effectively than doing home therapy of pencil pushups and other computerized programs. These home remedies were shown to be no more or slightly more effective than placebo therapy. Our care is formulated, designed and delivered by a Board Certified Optometric Physician in this area of expertise. More here.
- Individuals suffering from a Head Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion or Stroke; due to Whiplash, Birth Injury, Sports injury or injury to the Nervous System. Vision can be compromised as a result of neurological disorders or trauma to the nervous system. Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation by a Board Certified Optometric Physician such as Dr. Haleo can effectively treat the visual consequences of brain trauma including double vision, loss of balance, visual field loss, mid-line shift, dizziness, perceptual issues with visual memory and organization. For further information, go to Head Injuries.
- Adults who suffer from Eye-Strain, Headaches, Double Vision, Vision-induced fatigue, Computer Syndrome & Motion Sickness. 20/20 eyesight is not enough.
21st century life demands more from our vision than ever before. Many children and adults constantly use their near vision at school, work and home. This requires efficient use of the two eyes as a team not just good eyesight. Environmental stresses on the visual system including excessive computer use or close work can induce blurred vision, eyestrain, headaches due to an inability to sustain binocular endurance (the endurance to use both eyes, simultaneously over time). We’ve helped thousands of adults in the relief of these symptoms and a more effective use of the eyes during sustained close work. More here.
- Children with Special Needs. Children with Developmental Delays, Visual Perceptual, Visual-Motor Deficits, Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders can benefit from the improved development and integration of their vision to the rest of their senses for better quality of life, decision making and activities of daily living. Learn more.
- Athletes can benefit from Sports Vision Improvement. Strong visual skills are critical to sports success. Not much happens in sports until your eyes instruct your hands and body what to do! We can measure and successfully improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral vision, eye focusing, eye tracking and teaming, visualization skills, and other sports specific vision skills beyond 20/20 sight. Find out how children and adults improve their enjoyment of sports through our Sports Vision Program. Further information can be found here.
Vision Therapy can be the answer to many visual problems. Call us now on 803 802 7171 and let us answer your questions.