Vision therapy can best be described as physical therapy for the eyes. Specific exercises are programmed to train your eyes to work better together and to improve visual processing.
Vision therapy uses lenses, prisms and computer programs to train your brain to efficiently use the visual system to relieve strain, double vision, and headaches during school and daily living activities.
Common problems treated with vision therapy are:
How well the eyes work together; both eyes need to be focused on the same thing to achieve comfortable vision.
Convergence Insufficiency results from the eyes drifting out when reading, causing headaches, double vision and frequently disinterest in reading.
Convergence Excess results from the eyes drifting in when reading, typically causes one to bring reading material closer and closer.
How well the eyes and brain can blend together the images from each eye to form a three dimensional image.
Strabismus is when the eyes do not point in the same direction, most of the times. This can result in difficulty with depth perception and/or amblyopia if not treated.
How smoothly and accurately the eyes move across a page or screen. This skill is important for reading a book, following a ball and guiding a pencil.
How efficiently the eyes can change focus from near to far and far to near. This skill is important for copying notes in class, or watching the road and the speedometer while driving.
Visual processing disorder
The ability to identify and understand what you see, judge its importance, and associate it with previous visual information in the brain.
Vision Therapy Testing
The following services are provided by Dr. Laura Young through Vision Therapy of South Jersey at Mancine Optical. Please call to schedule an appointment 856-461-0987.
The initial visit includes a full eye health examination in addition to eye teaming, tracking, focusing ability. This helps determine which areas of visual function need to be focused on during therapy.
Visual Processing Evaluation
Standardized testing is used to compare how well the brain processes visual information. Specific testing includes Visual motor integration (eye-hand coordination), handwriting speed and quality, visual and sequential memory, letter reversals, laterality (left/right awareness), and form constancy.
Vision Therapy Sessions
The results of the binocular and visual processing evaluation will be used to create an individualized plan for the therapy course. Lenses, prisms, computerized programs and specialized equipment are used to enhance or develop binocular and perceptual skills.