Some vision problems are a result of eye muscles that don't work together properly. In many of these cases vision therapy can help. Vision therapy is a form of physical therapy used on the eyes and brain. This therapy can be used as an effective treatment for problems like double vision, visual discomfort, tracking difficulties, crossed eyes or lazy eye.
Common Questions about Vision Therapy
There is more to vision therapy than simply strengthening the eyes. It also enhances the neurological connections between the eyes and the brain. Eyes are the windows to the brain. A healthy connection between the eyes and the brain is essential for good eyesight.
Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the nature of vision therapy:
How does vision therapy work?
Vision therapy uses progressive vision exercises to improve visual function. Some vision therapy programs include a set of exercises with things like lenses, prisms and vectograms. Another form of vision therapy includes sets of exercises that can be performed on the computer. The eye doctor tailors the programs to the individual needs of the patient. Exercises are typically done several times per week for variable amounts of time. At Theobald Family Eye Care, typically the exercises are demonstrated to the patient and then monthly follow-up visits are scheduled to monitor progress and adjust the exercises.
What is the purpose of the vision exercises?
Vision exercises are designed to help patients improve basic visual skills that connect the eyes with the brain. These exercises can improve visual efficiency and accuracy.
What is the first step in a vision therapy program?
A comprehensive vision exam is necessary before starting therapy. Following the exam, your eye care provider can determine whether or not this type of therapy is the recommended treatment for your vision problems.
Is there scientific evidence that it really works?
Yes. Studies on vision therapy show it is effective in improving the lives of patients. Data shows that this therapy can improve visual function enough to keep it from interfering with a patient's ability to absorb information and learn.
Who typically needs vision therapy?
It can be a useful tool for helping children and adults alike. Children with learning or reading problems can benefit from the increase in visual efficiency provided by therapy, it can also help with developmental delays in the eyes such as amblyopia. Adults can see vision improvement through this therapy as well. It can help curb vision processing problems brought things like traumatic brain injury or illness.