The brain is the central processing system for the entire body and the ocular system is one major entry point that is part of a balanced-body. Many issues involving the brain can be positively affected through Vision Therapy.
Vision therapy is the application of exercises and techniques that uses the neuroplasticity of the brain to effect change. In short, training your brain using your eyes. The various therapeutic techniques at first help you become more aware of the visual system and then teach you how to control that system to run more efficiently. This will help make reading, writing, work, and play more effortless at any age.
Unlike other forms of exercise, the goals of Vision Therapy do not include strengthening the eye muscles, because your eye muscles are already very strong, the goal is to improve the way the brain and eye communicate. Other tools used in Vision Therapy include lenses, prisms, flippers (a kind of double-lens tool), anaglyphic (3-D) filters, occluders (patches), electronic targets with timing mechanisms, balance boards, and customized VT computer programs.
Vision Therapy has been developed and used for the purposes of:
Preventing vision and eye problems from developing
Developing visual skills to perform more effectively in school, work and play
Enhancing abilities on tasks requiring sustained visual effort
Remediation or compensation for existing vision and eye problems
There are five key areas of function that Vision Therapy addresses:
Visual Motor Guidance (gross motor and fine motor)
Eye Tracking (ocular motility)
Eye Focusing (near and far accommodation)
Eye Alignment (binocular convergence and divergence)
Visual Information Processing (includes visual memory and visualization)
Research has shown that a Vision Therapy Program is most beneficial when it includes a combination of in-office and home practice.
Vision Therapy builds visually-guided life skills including perception, comprehension, memory and optimal academic achievement to excel in a fast-paced 3-D technological age. Improving vision also aids in improving other skills and behaviour including those with ADHD, Special Needs, Dyslexia and Sports Vision needs.
Each person seeking our help will receive targeted assessments and a personalized plan. Our Vision Therapists are dedicated to helping our patients reach their vision goals as soon as possible by making therapy fun! We get to know the types of activities each patient likes and encourage and motivate them every step of the way.