Vision therapy is an Optometrist-supervised, non-surgical and customised program of visual activities designed to correct certain vision problems and/or improve visual skills.
What is vision therapy?
Vision therapy is an individual and prescribed treatment plan used to correct or improve specific dysfunctions of the vision system. It includes, but is not limited to, the treatment of visual processing disorders, strabismus, amblyopia and accommodation/convergence and oculomotor dysfunctions.
Unlike glasses and contact lenses, which simply compensate for vision problems, or eye surgery that alters the anatomy of the eye or surrounding muscles, vision therapy aims to “teach” the visual system, reworking the foundations that were affected due developmental delays or learning disabilities.
Vision therapy is like physical therapy for the visual system, and works the eyes as well as the parts of the brain that control vision.
It is important to note that vision therapy is not defined by a simple list of tools and techniques. Successful vision therapy outcomes are achieved through a therapeutic process that depends on the active engagement of the prescribing Optometrist, the vision therapist, the patient and (in the case of children) their parents.Signs of visual information processing disorders
How does vision therapy work?
Vision therapy can only be conducted by a behavioural optometrist who has been specifically trained in understanding the link between vision and learning development. At OCULA, we have a team of behavioural optometrists who treat and diagnose visual difficulties using vision therapy.
Each program is specifically designed for the individual and their visual needs/difficulties, as every case is different.
Vision therapy includes both in-clinic and home-based exercises. After a problem is identified, a series of exercises will be designed specifically for the individual to improve visual function.
At the end of the required amount of sessions, the behavioural optometrist will evaluate the progress and determine whether more appointments are required.
What conditions does vision therapy treat?
Vision therapy is designed to treat a variety of visual difficulties such as convergence insufficiency, amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus and a variety of other eye tracking and movement problems. These visual difficulties can cause a variety of issues for individuals, which can be very disruptive and discomforting in everyday life.
Vision therapy consists of using a variety of exercises that use a variety of activities as well as equipment such as lenses, prisms and more to treat the visual difficulties by developing the visual system.
To learn more about vision therapy or to book in with one of our paediatric optometrists, get in touch here.