is Vision Therapy and could it help my child read better?
Not all visual problems can be solved with glasses and
contact lenses. Sometimes the problems are related to the visual function and
performance of your eyes. Vision therapy, sometimes called visual training or
orthoptics, is an individualized treatment that teaches you a more efficient
way to perform visually. Much like physical therapy improves your physical
abilities, vision therapy (VT) combines the art and science of vision care to
improve your eye’s visual function.
Some common everyday symptoms relieved with vision therapy
visually induced headaches
inability to concentrate when doing visual
loss of place when reading or reversals
Often people are not even aware of these symptoms because they subconsciously
avoid visually demanding tasks.
The benefits of VT include
improvement of processing information and the ability to sustain good visual
function over longer time periods. This is especially helpful to children in
the classroom as well as adults using a computer or reading. Without efficient
visual skills, the simple act of reading can be frustrating and transfer into
learning disabilities in both children and adults. VT can also serve as a key component
of the healing plan following a stroke or head injury.
Other disorders that can benefit from vision therapy:
· problem with eye movement
· difficulty using both eyes together
· problems with focusing eyes
· problem making sense of information that you see
· trouble with hand and eye coordination
· people with traumatic brain injury or ones that have had a stroke
How to get started
with Vision Therapy
Dr. Mary Jo Baize, vision
therapy optometrist at our Sarasota location, will first start with an eye
exam performing some clinical testing to determine the presence of any visual
deficiencies that cannot be helped with eyeglasses. If deficiencies are found
and vision therapy is indicated, she will recommend a specific individualized VT
treatment plan for you.
Vision therapy typically involves a combination of in-office
treatments as well as vision therapy exercises at home. Some of the devices include specially adapted
computers along with important feedback from the patient. The goal is for visual
skills to be developed until they become automatic and subconsciously
integrated with everyday activities. One of the most important ingredients for having
success with VP is the patient’s dedication to the program.
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