Vision Therapy is a doctor supervised program designed to improve the function of the visual system. Vision Therapy allows patients the opportunity for new visual experiences through the use of lenses, prisms, filters, and 3-D activities, among other things. Vision Therapy is individualized to the unique needs of the patient.
Who can benefit from Vision Therapy?
- Learning Related Vision Disorders: In order to learn and read efficiently and effectively, the visual system must have proper eye teaming, eye tracking, and eye focusing skills. Any deficiencies in these areas can impact learning and behaviour, often leading to misdiagnoses like Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In addition, deficits in how the brain processes visual information can impact one’s ability to read and learn.
- Concussion and Brain Injury: The majority of patients diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome experience visual symptoms such as light sensitivity, visual motion sensitivity, double vision, blurry/out of focus vision, loss of place when reading, balance issues, dizziness, headaches, and eyestrain.
- “Lazy Eyes” (Amblyopia) and “Crossed Eyes” (Strabismus): These conditions result in poor eye-sight, double vision and/or reduce depth perception. In certain cases, vision therapy is an effective alternative to eye surgery. Vision therapy is also important in helping post-surgical patients develop functional vision and depth perception.
- Athletes: Vision guides action and thus is very important for the success of many athletes. Sports vision therapy is individualized for the athlete’s sport of choice depending on the specific demands of their sport. Areas that are focused on include: hand-eye coordination, dynamic visual acuity, peripheral vision, depth perception, tracking and focus ability. Professional athletes in a variety of sports have used vision therapy to bring their game to the next level.
Think you may benefit from Vision Therapy? Book an appointment with Dr. Patterson today!
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