Effective vision includes both good eyesight (20/20) and strong visual skills.
Nearly 80% of all information we receive is visual, therefore efficient visual skills are a critically important part of learning, working and playing. A person can have 20/20 vision and still have difficult with important visual skills. Because the symptoms of a visual skills deficit are silent, they frequently go undiagnosed.
Vision therapy is a program of specifically designed vision exercises using various equipment and lenses to alleviate vision problems permanently.
Vision Therapy helps with:
- Reading, comprehension and learning challenges
- ADD/ADHD and dyslexia
- Lazy eye – Strabismus and Amblyopia
- Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
- Sports Performance
Dozens of studies involving thousands of children and adults demonstrate that when visual skills are enhanced through vision therapy, then learning is easier, reading levels rise, and in some cases, IQ Scores have increased.
We use the latest technology along with real world interactions to ensure patient success. Touch screens, virtual reality gaming systems and self-competitive games allow patients to see how they are improving week to week, and have fun doing it!
What is the Process?
Step One: Eye Exam
A routine comprehensive eye examination must have been completed in the last 12 months. If performed by another doctor, we will request those exam records to review. If you've not had a recent eye exam, call your optometrist or contact us to schedule one. This exam is often partially covered by your vision or medical insurance.
Step Two: Vision Screening
Included in the EyeOptics routine eye exam, or available for $25 per person. This gives us a peek into the visual system to see if there might be a visual skills deficit. Failing any part of the screening, triggers the need for the Full Evaluation.
Step Three: Full Evaluation & Consultation
A complete profile of the visual processing system. 1 ½ -2 hours for children, and 1 to 1 ½ hours for adults. 90 minutes for children, and 60 minutes for adults. This evaluation allows the optometrist to diagnose the specific visual deficits of the individual. Approximately one week after the testing, all test results will be reviewed with the patient by the developmental optometrist, and a recommendation for Vision Therapy will be provided.
Step Four: Therapy Program
Weekly 45‐minute in‐office visits with a therapist. This is accompanied with specifically assigned and customized home reinforcement activities. Between visits, the therapist and doctor track the patient's progress and make adjustments to the therapy plan based on results. The duration of therapy depends on the diagnosis. Average treatment times typically fall between 20‐30 weeks, while more challenging conditions may require more time. The cost of a program of vision therapy is comparable to getting braces. Although therapy is not typically covered by insurance, a variety of options are available for payment.