Vision Therapy

 

 Vision and functioning well in all activities of daily living goes far beyond the ability to see 20/20. 

At Family Focus Eyecare, we are dedicated to helping our patients learn how to use their vision in a more meaningful way and be more successful in whatever they do.

 

 Vision is a learned skill and whether you wear glasses or not, you may still have difficulty with some visual activities. If an individual’s visual skills are not adequately developed, or a person fails to coordinate vision with other senses, confusing signals start to occur which can result in headaches, double vision, reduced school performance, fatigue, a turned eye, or poor coordination.

 

 Vision Therapy is a supervised, individualized, non-invasive approach to maximizing visual potential through improving visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Patients are given the necessary meaningful experiences to develop new visual skills through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters alongside several free space activities. During the final stages of therapy, the patient’s newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.

 

 Prescribed Vision Therapy activities enhance the brain’s ability to control:

 • eye alignment
 • eye tracking and eye teaming
 • eye focusing abilities
 • eye movements, and/or
 • visual processing

 While it is true that Vision Therapy includes eye muscle training, it also includes training and rehabilitation of the eye-brain connections involved in vision through neuroplasticity. In Vision Therapy programs, developmental optometrists look at the neurological control system and thus are treating the whole visual-motor system and altering reflexive behavior, which provides lasting results.

 

Websites we recommend:

What is vision therapy: www.visiontherapy.org

A guide for parents and educators: www.visionandlearning.org

Eye turns in/out (strabismus) or lazy eye (amblyopia): www.strabismus.org

Parents Active for Vision Education: www.pavevision.org

Children’s vision information network: www.childrensvision.com

Brain injury/post-concussion: www.noravisionrehab.org

Canadian Optometrist in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation www.visiontherapycanada.com

College of Optometrists in Vision Development: www.covd.org

Optometric Extension Program Foundation: www.oepf.org

College of Syntonic Optometry: https://www.collegeofsyntonicoptometry.com/

YouTube Channel: Vision For Life with Dr. Julie Steinhauer

Facebook Group: Vision Therapy Parents Unite