What is vision therapy?
Can vision therapy eliminate the need for glasses?
Vision therapy is NOT the same as self-help programs that claim to reduce refractive errors and the need for glasses. There is no scientific evidence that these "throw away your glasses" programs work, and most eye care specialists agree they are a hoax.
In contrast, vision therapy is approved by the American Optometric Association (AOA) for the treatment of non-refractive vision problems, and there are many studies that demonstrate its effectiveness.
Vision therapy is customized and specific
The activities and eye exercises prescribed as part of a vision therapy program are tailored to the specific vision problem (or problems) a child has. For example, if a child has amblyopia, the therapy usually includes patching the strong eye, coupled with visual tasks or other stimulation techniques to develop better visual acuity in the weak eye. Once visual acuity is improved in the amblyopic eye, the treatment plan may then include eye teaming exercises to foster the development of clear, comfortable binocular vision to improve depth perception and reading comfort.
Vision therapy and learning disabilities
Vision therapy does not correct learning disabilities. However, children with learning disabilities often have vision problems as well. Vision therapy can correct underlying vision problems that may be contributing to a child's learning problems.
Be sure to tell us if your child has been diagnosed as having a learning disability. If we find vision problems that may be contributing to learning problems, we can communicate with their teachers and other specialists to explain our findings. Often, vision therapy can be a helpful component of a multidisciplinary approach to remediating learning problems.
Vision Therapy for lazy eye?
The medical term for lazy eye is Amblyopia. Amblyopia (lazy eye) results from the lack of development of clear vision in one or both eyes for reasons other than an eye health problem that cannot be improved with glasses alone.
"Lazy eye' happens when one eye is affected more than the other, due to the fact that one eye sees more clearly than the other. This clearer-seeing eye ends up performing much of the work of seeing, which what ends up giving the moniker 'lazy to the other eye.
Vision Therapy offers higher cure rates for lazy eye in comparison with eye surgery, glasses, and/or patching, without therapy. Vision Therapy works on lazy eye by training the brain to process information from each eye as equally as possible, and then train to get both eyes to work together as a team.
Williams Eye Care specializes in helping kids with Amblyopia correct their vision.
Schedule a comprehensive eye exam
If you suspect your child has a vision problem that may be affecting their performance in school, the first step is to schedule a comprehensive eye exam so we can determine if such a problem exists. If learning-related vision problems are discovered, we can then discuss with you whether a program of vision therapy would be helpful.
If we don't provide the type of vision therapy your child needs, we will refer you to an optometrist who specializes in developmental vision and vision therapy.
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