Vision Therapy Consultations | 1 in 4 Children Have an Undiagnosed Vision Issue
If you've heard about Vision Therapy, you've likely heard of the incredible benefits our patients have experienced. If you haven't heard of Vision Therapy yet, you're in the right place. Our state-of-the-art Vision Therapy clinic, Elite Vision Therapy, is located West of Elite Eye Care's Main Office, within the same parking lot. If you are curious if Vision Therapy could help your or someone you know, the best place to start is at the Elite Eye Care Main Office. Our team will schedule you based on your history and needs. If you've never had a comprehensive eye examination, we recommend scheduling that first to examine eye health and prescribe the correct lenses if necessary. Your initial exam will allow our team to get you scheduled for an evaluation with our highly trained Vision Therapy doctors and team.
Visual Rehabilitation Consultations | Concussions/Acquired Brain Injuries
Vision passes through 65-80% of the brain. It's no wonder that patients that suffer a concussion or other type of brain injury end up suffering from visual symptoms. Vision is in the brain, and the brain is what was injured. Common post-concussion or ABI/TBI symptoms include blurry vision, double vision, eye pain, poor visual memory, and reduced visual processing ability. Just as you would go through a therapeutic process to relearn motor and cognitive skills, including speech and movement, the visual system requires rehabilitation.
The first step is a comprehensive eye exam at Elite Eye Care's Main Office to address symptoms such as double vision, blurry vision and eye pain due to poor eye teaming and over-straining the eyes. Our doctors will prescribe the appropriate lenses, prisms and tints to help regain a level of comfortable vision before setting up your consultation at Elite Vision Therapy. Our team at Elite Vision Therapy will work with you by creating realistic goals and a tailored rehabilitation program designed to help you regain as much of your visual system and visual skills as possible.
It is estimated that as much as 80% of all learning during a child's first 12 years is achieved through their visual system. Vision issues that can hinder your child's learning are not tested in a school vision screening or at the pediatrician's office. Many visual conditions can be treated effectively with spectacles or contact lenses alone, however, some are most effectively treated with vision therapy.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a doctor-supervised, non-surgical and customized program of visual activities designed to correct certain vision problems and/or improve visual skills.
The vision therapy program is based on the results of a comprehensive eye examination or consultation, and takes into consideration the results of standardized tests, the needs of the patient, and the patient’s signs and symptoms. The use of lenses, prisms, filters, occluders, specialized instruments, and computer programs is an integral part of vision therapy. The length of the therapy program varies depending on the severity of the diagnosed conditions, typically ranging from 3 to 12 months. Home support activities paralleling in-office techniques are typically taught to the patient to be practiced at home, thereby reinforcing the developing visual system.
Research has demonstrated vision therapy can be an effective treatment option for:
- Ocular motility dysfunctions (eye movement disorders)
- Non-strabismic binocular disorders (inefficient eye teaming)
- Strabismus (misalignment of the eyes)
- Amblyopia (poorly developed vision)
- Accommodative disorders (focusing problems)
- Visual information processing disorders, including visual-motor integration and integration with other sensory modalities
- Visual sequelae of acquired brain injury
Overall, the goal of vision therapy is to treat vision problems that cannot be treated successfully with eyeglasses, contact lenses and/or surgery, and help people achieve clear, comfortable binocular vision.
The Goals of Vision Therapy
- Help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities
- Improve visual comfort, ease and efficiency
- Change how a patient processes or interprets visual information
- To train the patient’s brain to use the eyes to receive information effectively, comprehend it quickly and react appropriately
Who needs Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is useful and effective for patients of all ages. The majority of our patients are children who struggle in school. If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms they may benefit from vision therapy:
- Words running together
- Uphill/downhill handwriting
- Skipping rows or omitting words
- Poor reading comprehension
- Tired eyes and headaches
Does your child have learning related vision problems?
The following questionnaire can help identify a child who may be struggling with a vision problem that can be corrected with a program of vision therapy:
1. Physical Signs
Y/N | One eye turning in or out
Y/N | Squinting, eye rubbing or excessive blinking
Y/N | Blurred or double vision
Y/N | Headaches or dizziness after reading
Y/N | Head tilting, closing or blocking one eye when reading
2. Performance Signs
Y/N | Avoids “near” work
Y/N | Frequent loss of place when reading
Y/N | Omits, inserts, or rereads letters/words
Y/N | Confuses similar looking words
Y/N | Failure to recognize the same word in the next sentence
Y/N | Poor reading comprehension
Y/N | Letter or word reversals after the first grade
Y/N | Difficulty copying from the chalkboard
Y/N | Poor handwriting; misaligns numbers
Y/N | Book held too close to the eyes
3. Secondary Symptoms
Y/N | Smart in everything but school
Y/N | Low self-esteem, poor self image
Y/N | Temper flare-ups, aggressiveness
Y/N | Short attention span
Y/N | Fatigue, frustration, stress
Y/N | Irritability
Answering Yes to 5 or more of the above statements may be an indication of a learning related vision problem.
Call Elite Eye Care at 515-987-3937 to schedule an appointment for a diagnostic examination to determine if vision therapy may be the solution for you or your child’s symptoms.