Many may be unaware as to what vision therapy exactly is. We’re here to let you know that vision therapy is a type of therapy used to improve eye movement control and eye coordination. It is most commonly used to treat strabismus, amblyopia, oculomotor dysfunction, and other binocular vision disorders. Through vision therapy one can expect better visualization, visual perception, and eye-hand coordination skills.
This kind of therapy involves exercises and procedures carried out under the supervision of an optometrist or vision therapist and it works by strengthening neural connections to build visual processing. There are a few myths that are widely believed, and in this article we will attempt to bust some of these.
1. Vision training won’t help if my child has a learning disability.
You may be unaware to the link between ADHD and visual processing disorders. Learning disabilities in general can be caused by a multitude of factors. It can be said that since so much of learning is done visually, improving visual function and visual processing can enhance learning in children who may have disabilities. Some vision conditions can affect a child’s ability to read, and can intern keep them from wanting to go to school, do their homework, or continue learning.
2. There is no need for in-office therapy, at-home exercises are just as effective.
While at-home exercises are also important, in-office therapy is unparalleled. By having vision therapy under the close supervision of an optometrist or a visual therapist will ensure that the methods and procedures used in visual therapy are executed correctly. Any need for changes or enhancements to therapies conducted through visual therapy can be closely monitored while being supervised by a professional.
3. The effects of vision therapy don’t last forever.
Vision therapy performed under the direction and experience supervision of an optometrist or visual therapist can yield results that will last a lifetime. Coupled with adequate practice by the patient at home and therapy done by a professional will give the best results and last indefinitely.
4. Vision therapy is only effective for children.
Vision therapy can be effective for people of all ages, as it works by strengthening the neural connections between the eyes and the brain. Studies have shown that even adult brains are capable of changes and improvements, which is basically the basis of vision therapy.
Whatever the case may be, being supervised by an eye specialist, is the best way to ensure that you see improvements in and out of the office. At Pinnacle Eye Group in Lambertville, NJ, we want you to see regardless of existing conditions. Give us a call to ask about vision therapy today!