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How Does Vision Therapy Help?


Confusion abounds about vision therapy. Many people aren’t quite sure what it is, what it helps, and how does it work? Our eye doctor near you explains.

The process of vision comprises much more than passing a vision screening with 20/20 eyesight. For you to see clearly, your brain and eyes need to interact properly. Without a visual system that operates smoothly, you can have trouble with a wide range of tasks – including learning, reading, writing, playing sports with coordination and even socializing comfortably.

A pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses will not treat a problem with your visual system. That’s where vision therapy enters the scene. Vision therapy, also called vision training or Developmental Optometry, involves doing eye exercises that are custom-designed by your eye doctor to improve the efficiency and quality of your sight. These exercises help strengthen your eyes to work more effectively, helping you perform daily tasks such as reading and writing with more ease.

We offer personalized vision therapy in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, and Ozark. With our four conveniently located offices of Family Eye & Laser, there’s always an eye doctor near you who can help.

Who needs vision therapy?

A comprehensive eye exam by a qualified eye doctor can identify conditions that can benefit from vision therapy. Some common signs and symptoms of people who may benefit from treatment with vision therapy include:

  • Eye strain or fatigue when doing close work (such as on a computer, reading and writing)
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Blurred distance vision after doing tasks that required prolonged focusing up close
  • Headaches
  • Losing your place and/or concentration when reading; needing to re-read lines
  • Words or letters appear to jiggle or move around on the page

What vision conditions does vision therapy treat?

  • Accommodative/focusing problems: These include trouble with focusing precisely during close tasks, and difficulty switching focus from far to near.
  • Oculomotor problems: Difficulty with visual skills such as eye tracking, fixation on a stationary object, ability to watch a moving target, and changing focus quickly from one target to another.
  • Convergence difficulty: This common condition describes a problem with eye teaming, in which the eyes do not work well together

How does vision therapy work?

When our eye doctor personalizes vision therapy, the program includes a combination of in-office and home-based exercises. A series of eye exercises will be taught to each individual to improve visual function. At home, you’ll need to practice these exercises for about 20-30 minutes per day, about five days a week.

For example, depending on the specific problem you have, vision therapy exercises can work to strengthen the weaker eye if you have amblyopia (“lazy” eye), or develop better tracking skills and enhance the ability of your eye muscles to converge. Specialized computer and optical devices may be used, such as prisms, filters and therapeutic lenses. Repetition of the exercise helps to reinforce your newly acquired visual skills, and integration with motor and cognitive skills help to improve the brain’s ability to control visual processing and eye movements.

Book an eye exam to find out if vision therapy can help you

We have a qualified eye doctor near you in Troy, Luverne, Enterprise, and Ozark, ready to perform a comprehensive exam of your visual system. If we detect that you have a vision condition that can benefit from vision therapy, we’ll design a personalized treatment program to strengthen your visual skills.

At Family Eye & Laser, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 334-697-3100 or book an appointment online to see one of our Troy eye doctors.

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