Not all eye conditions can be treated effectively with corrective lenses and/or a patch. Some challenges are best resolved through vision therapy.
Supervised vision therapy is a patient-specific treatment program designed to correct either visual-motor or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies or both. Sessions include therapies to improve the brain’s ability to control:
Eye alignment, movements and/or eye-teaming
Optical devices such as therapeutic lenses, filters and prisms, and specialized computers are used to develop visual motor skills and endurance. At the final stages of visual therapy, the newly acquired skills are reinforced through repetition. Progress becomes a habit through integration with cognitive and motor skills.
Both adults and children with such visual challenges as:
Learning Problems Related to Poor Eyesight: Individuals who lack eye movement skills, focusing, eye-hand coordination, visual memory skills, etc., benefit from vision therapy. These patients have difficulty reading and writing.
Poor Binocular Coordination: When both eyes do not work effectively together as a team performance suffers in many areas, including sports, eye contact, sports, reading, and more. Vision therapy helps develop binocular vision or teamwork of both eyes and normal coordination.
Other conditions include lazy eye, double vision, wandering eye, crossed-eyes or turned in the eye.
The success rate for vision therapy is much higher for lazy eye or turned eyes than it is for patching, corrective lenses, eye surgery or no treatment. The sooner the patient starts vision therapy the more effective the sessions will be. However, patients well into adulthood can still achieve the desired results.