Vision therapy is a sequence of neurosensory and neuromuscular activities individually prescribed and monitored by an Optometrist to rehabilitate and enhance visual skills and processing. The vision therapy program is based on the results of a comprehensive assessment, and takes into consideration the results of standardized tests, your needs as the patient, and your symptoms. Therapy includes the use of lenses, prisms, colour filters, occluders and specialized instruments including computer programs.
The length of the therapy program varies depending on the severity of the diagnosed conditions, typically ranging from several months to longer periods of time. Activities paralleling in-office techniques are typically taught to the patient to be practiced at home, thereby reinforcing the developing visual skills.
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