Optometric vision therapy is a treatment plan used to correct
or improve specific dysfunctions of the vision system.
It includes, but is not limited to, the
treatment of strabismus (turned eye),
other dysfunctions of binocularity (eye
teaming), amblyopia (lazy eye), accommodation
(eye focusing), ocular motor function (general
eye movement ability), and visual-perception-motor
the American Optometric
Optometric vision therapy is based upon a
medically necessary plan of treatment and it
is designed to improve specific vision
dysfunctions determined by standardized diagnostic criteria.
Visual therapy effectively encompass lenses, prisms, occlusion (eye
patching), and other appropriate materials, modalities, and
equipment. Vision therapy can also be called visual or
vision training, orthoptics, eye training, or eye exercises.
Please note that the
definition above describes Optometric Vision Therapy, which has been
clinically shown to improve certain eye disorders,
which are described above. However Optometric
Vision Therapy is NOT the same as the Bates
Method, vision therapy using Bates, integrated vision therapy, or
natural eye exercises. These holistic programs use some
form of eye exercises associated with relaxation
techniques, which claim to improve nearsightedness,
farsightedness, astigmatism, decreasing vision with
age, and other disorders. There is virtually no
statistical studies / results indicating the success of these methods.
Do I need Vision Therapy?
Possibly, if you are an adult or have a child with visual
challenges, such as, but not limited to, learning-related visual
problems. Vision therapy can help those who lack the
necessary visual abilities to effectively read,
write, and learn and who have difficulties with activities such as
focusing, visual memory, eye movement, eye-hand activity,
as well as other eye related disabilities.
Poor Binocular Coordination
Vision Therapy helps patients to develop normal coordination of both eyes
(binocular vision). When both eyes ineffectively coordinate as an
effective team, degenerated performances will occur in such
activities as reading, depth perception, eye contact, sports, and
other related skills.
Neuro Optometric Evaluation and Treatment
Brain injuries, stroke, whiplash, developmental
delays, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, as well as many other
disorders, can impair effective vision. Effective vision can also
be compromised as a result of a simple trauma to the nervous system,
or a neurological disorder. With a proper diagnosis,
vision therapy can be an effective treatment.
Strabismus and Amblyopia
Vision therapy can offer safer and higher successful treatment
for turned eyes and / or lazy eye when compared to eye
surgery, glasses, and / or patching, without therapy. Early
diagnosis and treatment usually results in even higher patient
Visual Difficulties and Stress
Computers, hand held devices and the internet, has made
their way into our everyday lives. Be it at work and/ r at home, adults
as well as children inadvisably push their eyes past the
point of eye strain. Computer Vision Syndrome (C.V.S.) is
one of the fastest growing eye health concerns in
society today. Excessive computer use and / or uninterrupted close
work can induce eyestrain, headaches, and/or other visual difficulties
which can be effectively treated by Vision Therapy.
Visual Therapy and Athletics
Distinct visual skills are critical to most activities, with sports
in particular. Many professional athletes have
either extended their careers and / or realized measurable
improvement in their performances as a result of visual therapy.
We test and successfully improve eye-hand coordination,
visual reaction time, peripheral awareness, focusing, and other