Talk with an Optometrist about Vision Therapy

Why You Should Talk with an Optometrist about Vision Therapy

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan
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Did you know that your visual health can play a role in perceptual-cognitive and visual-motor deficiencies? There are a number of common visual disorders that can be positively impacted by vision therapy, but many people aren’t familiar with this treatment or the benefits that are available.

Vision Therapy: What You Need to Know

This treatment program is designed to correct the visual-motor deficiencies or other cognitive problems that a person might be experiencing. The therapy works to improve the connection between the brain and the eye movement and processing, and certain exercises can be used to help with these connections.

During a vision therapy appointment, it is possible to improve some of these important visual elements:

  • Visual processing
  • Eye focusing
  • Eye movements
  • Eye teaming
  • Eye tracking
  • Eye alignment

Certain optical and computer devices are used during the therapy appointment which improve the endurance and skills of the eyes. For example, filters, prisms, and therapeutic lenses might be used for the therapy appointment, depending on the individual needs of each patient. There are certain stages of the therapy that help to develop the skills, strengthen the skills, and then reinforcement is used to make these skills automatic so that they can be integrated with cognitive and motor skills.

Why is Vision Therapy Needed?

There are a number of specific visual disorders that can benefit from vision therapy. This treatment method can be used for children and adults who have been diagnosed with:

  • Learning-related vision problems
  • Dyslexia
  • Autism
  • Binocular vision
  • Convergence insufficiency
  • Double vision
  • Lazy eye
  • Cross-eyed or wandering eye

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with any of these problems, then you should talk with an experienced optometrist to see if vision therapy is the right solution. There are many success stories from these treatments, and vision therapy is gaining in popularity because it is a natural method for treatment.

To learn more about vision therapy and the other types of services that are available, we invite you to contact our office to schedule an appointment. We are here to help with all of your optometric needs! Call our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.

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