What is Vision Therapy?
- A progressive program of vision "exercises" or procedures
- Performed under doctor supervision
- Individualized to fit the visual needs of each individual
- Conducted in-office, in once or twice weekly sessions of 30 minutes to an hour
- Supplemented with procedures done at home between office visits ("home reinforcement activities");
Procedures are prescribed to:
Develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities
Improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency
- Change how a patient processes or interprets visual information.
- Develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities
Vision Therapy is Not Just Eye Exercises
Vision Therapy is supervised by an optometrist and many types of specialized and/or medical equipment can be used in Optometric Vision Therapy programs, such as:
- corrective lenses
- therapeutic lenses
- prism lenses
- optical filters
- occluders or eye patches
- visual-motor-sensory integration training devices
The first step to a Vision Therapy program is a comprehensive vision examination. Following a thorough developmental evaluation, an optometrist can advise as to whether Vision Therapy would be appropriate treatment.