Vision Therapy has a few different names, such as Optometric Vision Therapy, Visual Training, and Behavioral Optometry. Yet no matter what you call it, the goal to enhance ocular and visual performance is the same! At Family Eyecare Clinic, our Vision Therapy sessions are custom-designed to match your child’s individual needs and to prevent the onset or progression of vision-related learning problems.
My child passed the vision screening test in school. Why does she need Vision Therapy?
Undetected vision conditions are diagnosed frequently in our optometry clinic in Painesville. That’s because routine vision tests in school do not assess the entire visual system. These basic tests check visual acuity and are often performed by a school nurse. When Dour expert eye doctors, check your child’s vision with a comprehensive eye exam, they assesses all parts of functional vision. Even if your kid has 20/20 eyesight, she can still have a condition that compromises learning and requires treatment. Our vision therapy program is an effective way to resolve many of these vision disorders.
What conditions does Vision Therapy treat?
Eyeglasses or contact lenses are efficient methods to correct astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. Yet they do not help sufficiently with vision conditions such as poor eye teaming, convergence insufficiency, convergence excess, difficulty with focusing (accommodation), and weak eye-hand coordination.
How can a parent spot the need for Vision Therapy?
Certain behaviors are red flags that may indicate a need for Vision Therapy.
Watch out for:
- Holding reading material very close to their face (less than 16 inches/40 cm)
- Always insisting on sitting in the front of the classroom
- Squinting, or closing one eye to see
- Slow and repetitive reading
- Weak reading comprehension
- Eye rubbing
- Confusing letters, such as b vs. d
- Headaches, especially after reading for a while
If you notice these signs in your child, we encourage you to reserve an appointment for a pediatric eye exam. If vision therapy is needed the sessions will be personalized to correct any vision conditions that we uncover.
How does Vision Therapy work?
A trained vision therapist must design and facilitate all sessions. Each meeting is usually 45 minutes long, and kids generally exhibit improvement after a few months of vision therapy in our Painesville eye care clinic.
We use a variety of instruments and tools that are custom-made for vision therapy, such as wands, beads or balls on a string, specialized charts, prisms and lenses. Altogether, the techniques that we use will strengthen and develop various parts of the brain that coordinate your child’s visual system.
The success of vision therapy depends heavily upon a positive partnership between optometrist and child. We will assign homework exercises to your child, and good cooperation goes far towards the success of treatment!
Will my child always need to do Vision Therapy exercises?
After a few months of sessions, vision therapy often resolves the vision condition. We will send your kid home with a maintenance program of eye exercises, along with instructions on when to do them. Our Painesville eye doctor will re-evaluate your child’s functional vision regularly with follow-up eye exams. If we identify any regression, new symptoms, or ocular changes in the future, we may recommend supplementary sessions.
If your child is having trouble learning to read, write, or use basic coordination on the playground or sports field, contact us for an eye exam. We’ll take a close look to determine if there’s a need for expert Vision Therapy.
If you have any questions about vision therapy or any of the eye care services we provide, call us today and book an eye exam in Painesville.