What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is similar to physical therapy, but instead of a joint or muscle, it works with the eyes and brain. There is a neurological component with this kind of therapy because the eyes are an extension of the brain. Our eyes help make “seeing” possible, but vision is reliant on the eye-brain connection. If either of these organs are not working properly, vision will be difficult or non-existent.

What Does Vision Therapy Treat?

Every patient is different, but vision therapy is most commonly a treatment option for amblyopia (“lazy eye”), strabismus (“crossed eyes”), and binocular vision problems with eye alignment. It may also treat eye movement disorders, focusing disorders, or other visual deficiencies related to eye strain or fatigue. Vision therapy can address problems derived from stroke or brain injury, too. The earlier problems are caught and treated, the more likely they are to be fixed. For this reason, vision therapy is often used for children, because they adapt better to changes and visual exercises. This doesn’t mean adults can’t benefit from vision therapy in certain situations.  Parents who bring their child in for an eye exam during their infancy greatly reduce the risk of their child developing any vision related learning disorders.

Does Vision Therapy Work?

Studies show that vision therapy is rooted in science and can help train your body and its abilities in the same way that physical or occupational therapy can. The important thing to remember is that vision therapy is not one set of devices or exercises. Vision therapy may include any number of activities or techniques put together by a qualified medical professional to address specific vision problems. Vision therapy should not be confused with informal and unscientific methods that some people believe can fix your refractive error and “train you” to not need glasses.

When Do I See a Doctor About Vision Therapy?

Any time you feel your eyes or your child’s eyes are not performing properly, you should seek medical attention. Children should receive an eye exam even as babies, and again before they enter school. Eye exams check for more than clear and accurate vision. For this reason, everyone should receive periodic exams to ensure their eyes are healthy. If you notice any changes in your sight or think your child is not developing properly, seek help right away.

We are excited to announce that our office will be reopening on Monday, June 1st! To follow the current mandates, we do have some new procedures for the office.

We are taking every precaution to protect your health and safety. We are ensuring our practice is a safe environment, so you have a comfortable and excellent experience. Below are the steps we are taking for your safety:

  • Health screenings of employees and patients, including brief medical history and temperature before entering the office.
  • Practicing Social Distancing to reduce the risk of Coronavirus exposure
  • Wearing Personal Protection Equipment such as masks, face shields, and gloves, as necessary.
  • Sanitizing all equipment and frames for every patient.
  • Providing no-touch hand sanitizer stations in the office.
  • Reduced the number of patients seen per day.
  • We will continue to offer curbside pickups (if you prefer that method)

 

When you arrive at our office:

  • Call us at 810-658-2020.
  • We will ask the Coronavirus screening questions over the phone.
  • An employee will come out to your car and take your temperature with a no-touch thermometer.
  • When we have the availability, we will bring you inside the office.
    • All people entering the office are asked to wear a mask
    • Only the patient being seen for an exam or needing to pick up materials or have an adjustment will be permitted in the office. If it is a minor or an adult that needs a care provider, 1 adult is permitted to come in with them.

 

Your health and safety are our Number 1 priority. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will do our best to address them.