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Vision Therapy FAQ

There is more to vision therapy than simply strengthening the eyes.  It enhances the neurological connections between the eyes and the brain.  In essence, vision therapy is a form of physical therapy used to retrain the brain.  It is designed to resolve vision problems that can contribute to learning disabilities and/or depth perception problems. It can also be used an effective treatment for problems like lazy eye, crossed eyes, or double vision.  For athletes, vision training can help unlock potential by maximizing their visual skills necessary for their specific sport and position.

Common Questions about Vision Therapy

How does vision therapy work?

It uses progressive vision exercises performed under the supervision of your eye care provider. Each set of exercises is tailored to meet the individual visual needs of a patient. These exercises are done 1-2 times per week in sessions lasting 30 minutes to a full hour. Exercises are designed to also be done at home.

Do these exercises simply strengthen eye muscles?

The eye muscles are hundreds of times stronger than they have to be. Nothing about vision therapy is centered on strengthening eye muscles. This therapy is all about improving vision problems by strengthening the neurological pathways between the eyes and the brain.

What is the first step in a vision therapy program?

A comprehensive vision exam is necessary before starting therapy. Following the exam, your eye care provider can determine whether or not this type of therapy is the recommended treatment for your vision problems.  Further testing may be recommended to evaluate processing and perceptual skills before starting therapy.

Is there scientific evidence that it really works?

Yes.  Studies show vision therapy is effective in improving the visual skills and the lives of patients. Data shows that this therapy can improve visual function enough to keep it from interfering with a patient's ability to absorb information and learn. This therapy is as effective as physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Who typically needs vision therapy?

It can be a useful tool for helping children and adults alike. Those with special needs, learning or reading problems can benefit from vision therapy.  Those who suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury can benefit from rehabilitative vision training.  Athletes who want to improve their game can benefit from vision training specific for their sport and position they play.  The only way to know if you could benefit is by scheduling an exam.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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