Optometric Vision Therapy 

 Vision therapy is similar to physical therapy.  It integrates visual acuity (20/20) and binocular function plus detailed brain function activities that collectively control thousands of components of our entire body's coordinated actions.  Your visual system is your steering system.  Vision therapy helps to enhance the ability of the visual system to more precisely orchestrate the entire body's activities.

When a visual problem is identified, optometric vision therapy and therapeutic lenses are utilized to address the specific needs of the patient. Vision therapy is a sequence of therapy procedures that are individually prescribed and monitored by Dr. Taddese to develop efficient visual skills and visual processing.

 The use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments and computer programs is an integral part of optometric vision therapy. Typically, vision therapy is administered as a combination of in-office visits combined with home reinforcement activities. The frequency and duration of the in-office sessions is determined during the developmental vision evaluation and reviewed at the follow up consultation.

The in-office therapy is designed to make the patient aware of his or her visual deficiencies under controlled conditions. Then, by a feedback process, the patient is taught strategies to improve visual performance. Vision therapy sessions are typically conducted one-on-one with a vision therapist. Home reinforcement activities are directed at practicing the newly learned visual skills until the initial conscious effort becomes automatic.

 

THE FIRST STEP: DEVELOPMENTAL VISION EVALUATION

The evaluation is very thorough and takes about 1 ½ - 2 hours. It is called a Developmental Vision  Evaluation because it is in-depth testing to determine how well the two eyes work together, as well as how they move when reading, riding a bike, etc.

The first step is to make sure the eyes are healthy and free of disease. Once that is done, it is important to determine if glasses are needed. Glasses only ensure that one can see the visual image clearly. They do not influence how we move our eyes or how visual information is actually processed and understood.

Many people don't realize that our eyes are part of the brain. As a result when visual information is taken in by our eyes, it is sent throughout the brain so we can interpret and understand what we are looking at.

 

SECOND STEP: CONSULTATION

Once all of the testing has been completed, a separate appointment is scheduled with Dr. Taddese where she will speak with the child's parents or the adult patient to get a better understanding of how the vision problem is impacting the individual's life. The doctor then combines this information with the results of the testing to design a unique treatment plan to ensure visual success.

 

Who Benefits From Vision Therapy?

Anyone with visual challenges such as: 

 

CONVERGENCE INSUFFICIENCY:

A near vision problem that interferes with the ability to read or do close work. When convergence is insufficient, the eyes do not come together closely enough when looking at a near object, which can cause symptoms such as double vision and headaches.

To learn more about convergence insufficiency, go to:

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

What is Intermittent Exotropia caused by Convergence Insufficiency?

 

LEARNING- RELATED VISION PROBLEMS: 

Vision Therapy can help those who lack the necessary visual skills for effective reading, writing, and learning. Some of these visual skills include focusing, eye movements, perceptual skills, visual memory, etc.

To learn more about learning-related vision problems, go to: 

20-20 Eyesight and 20/20 Eye Screenings – Not Perfect for Learning and School!

All About Learning Related Vision Problems

Learning-related Vision Problems and Attention Deficit DisordersDyslexia, and Learning Disabilities

Eyesight & Vision: Vision Therapy Helps Students with Reading Problems or Reading Below Grade Level, Handwriting, Homework, Spelling, and Math etc.

Eyesight & Vision: Vision Therapy Helps Students Who’ve Been Labeled Attention Deficit (ADHD), Slow Learners, Lazy Students, Behavior Problems, Special Education, Gifted Learning Disabled, etc.

Vision Therapy as Treatment for Learning Disabilities.

 

POOR BINOCULAR VISION: 

Vision therapy helps those whose eyes do not work together as a team. Their eyes do not aim simultaneously at the same visual target, causing poor performance in reading, sports, depth perception, etc.

To learn more about binocular vision, go to: 

What is Binocular Vision?

What is Depth Perception and Stereo Vision?

Adults and Children Gain Binocular Vision and 3D Depth Perception

Adults and Children Improve Eye Tracking and Eye Teaming

The Eye Hop – Explore Your Binocular Vision

The Framing Game – A Binocular Vision Test

What is Seeing Double or Double Vision?

 

AMBLYOPIA (LAZY EYE), DIPLOPIA (DOUBLE VISION), AND STRABISMUS (CROSS-EYED, EYE TURNS, ETC.):

Vision Therapy programs and scientific research have proven that vision therapy is much more effective for curing eye turns, lazy eyes, etc compared to surgery or glasses. It is never too late to be helped! 

To learn more about eye turns, crossed eyes, and lazy eye, go to: 

About Eye Turns: Constant or Intermittent

Amblyopia, Lazy Eye, and Strabismus- Not All The Same

Children's Vision: Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Strabismus (Crossed Eyes, Cross-eyed, Wall-eyed, Intermittent Exotropia, Hypertropia, Esotropia, etc.), Exophoria…

Eye Muscle Surgery: Treatment for Strabismus, Lazy Eye, Intermittent Exotropia, etc.

What is Amblyopia or Lazy Eye?

What is Convergence Insufficiency Disorder, Intermittent Exotropia, Exophoria?

What is Seeing Double or Double Vision?

Vision Therapy Eye Exercises as Treatment for Amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Strabismus (Crossed eyes), Convergence Insufficiency Disorder, etc.

 

STRESS- RELATED VISION PROBLEMS: 

Environmental stress on the visual system from doing constant near work such as reading, texting, and computer use can result in headaches, motion sickness, headaches, eyestrain, and more.

To learn more about stress-related visual problems, go to: 

What is a Common Near Vision Problem and the Leading Cause of Eyestrain, Blurred Vision, Double Vision, and/or Headaches?

Told They Had 20/20, but Still Had Problems…

Eye Exercises for Blurred Vision, Blurry Eyesight (Reading and Computer Work)

Dizziness, Motion Sickness, Eye Strain, Stomachaches, Double Vision…

Eye Exercises for Eye Strain, Eye Fatigue (Computer Work and Reading)

Relief from Frequent or Chronic Headaches, Visual Stress, Eyestrain, and/or Stomachaches during or after Reading, School or Office Work.

 

VISUAL REHABILITATION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS:

Certain neurological disorders or trauma to the nervous system such as: traumatic brain injury, stroke, birth injury, brain damage, head injury, whiplash, cerebral palsy, MS, and so on can affect the vision system.

To learn more about visual rehabilitation, go to:

Visual Rehabilitation following Brain Damage, Birth Injury, Head Injury, Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), etc.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Blurred Vision, Reading Problems, Double Vision, Eye Pain, Headaches with Reading, Visual Field Loss…

Brain Injury Rehabilitation – Success Stories with Vision Therapy.

 

OTHER SPECIAL NEEDS: 

Other special needs that can affect the visual system include: developmental delays, visual perceptual visual-motor deficits,       attention deficit disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. 

To learn more, go to:

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD): Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatments

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Eye Examinations, Eyesight, Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy for Visual Perceptual Visual-Motor Deficits

Article: Diagnosis of Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NLD), Hidden Disability.

 

SPORTS VISION IMPROVEMENT: 

Certain visual skills are crucial to successful sports performance. These visual skills include: eye-hand coordination, reaction time, peripheral vision, eye focusing, tracking, and teaming, visualization skills, depth perception, and more. 

To learn more about sports vision improvement, go to: 

Sports and Coordination Success Stories