Vision therapy is not simply strengthening eye muscles. In therapy, we address functional deficiencies to allow each patient to obtain optimal visual efficiency and comfort. The procedures and instruments used are specific to the diagnosed disorder and person.
Vision goes beyond 20/20. In order to have clear and comfortable vision, we must simultaneously perform several difficult tasks. We must be able to move our eyes in a perfectly synchronized way towards our target, then adjust our focusing system on the target, all while moving our bodies or completing a task (ie. reading). If any component of this system is not performing optimally, these common symptoms may be reported:
When these troubles are encountered in school, we often refer to this as a learning-related visual dysfuction. Components of visual perception are tested and trained. Children suffering from this diagnosis often carry the label dyslexic or ADHD.
Injuries such as a head trauma, concussion, or stroke all have the potential to disrupt the normal function of our visual system. There are at least 32 separate visual areas in the brain which make it extremely vulnerable to damage. Visual skills that were once seemingly natural become uncomfortable resulting in any of these symptoms:
Vision therapy works to rebuild damaged neural connections through carefully planned visual activities carried out under professional supervision.
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Previous thinking told us that we cannot impact visual development after a certain age. However, current research into the brain has highlighted an innate ability to adapt and form new neural connections even in our elder years. Vision therapy seeks to harness this ability to improve visual outcomes for individuals with a lazy eye (ambylopia) or eye turn (strabismus).
Strong visual abilities are key for success in sport. Vision therapy helps to improve such skills as hand-eye coordination, tracking, depth perception, peripheral awareness and heightened visual reaction times. Gain insight into ways to improve the visual abilities specific to your sport. Take your game to the next level!