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What is Vision Therapy?

We are excited to announce that Verona Eye Care will now be offering Vision Therapy!

Vision therapy is an individualized treatment program prescribed to eliminate or improve conditions such as lazy eye (amblyopia), crossed eyes (strabismus), focusing, eye teaming, and learning related vision disorders. It involves a sequence of activities using lenses, prisms, filters, specialized instruments, computer programs, and visual exercises to rehabilitate and enhance visual skills and processing. Problems such as headaches, eye strain, discomfort, double vision, tracking difficulties, as well as deficiencies in visual memory, reading comprehension and hand-eye coordination can be treated with optometric vision therapy.

How a Vision Problem Can Affect Your Life

The visual system is responsible for skills such as how we move our eyes together, track objects, change our focus from distance to near, achieve depth perception, perceive the world around us, process, store and recall information and integrate this with other systems such as our auditory system and balance system. Adults will figure out ways to compensate for visual problems so that they can continue with any strenuous visual work they need to do. Often, adults come home from work extremely fatigued from participating in visually demanding work. Children, on the other hand, may tend to avoid tasks that are difficult or make them feel inadequate.

Vision and Learning

The visual system is a significant part of how we process information and a key factor to how we learn. In fact, it is estimated that 80% of learning involves the visual system. If a child does not have a good visual foundation, their system is not efficient enough to handle large work loads because it puts too much stress on a weak system. Efficient visual skills can help provide a solid foundation for learning. In the case of learning disabilities, vision therapy is specifically directed toward improving the visual skills involved in reading, writing, learning, and educational instruction.

Is it Too Late?

Many people think that vision therapy is only for children. However, adults have as much need for this type of vision care as children. Many adults have difficulty sustaining near-centered work, including reading, writing, and computer use. When adults have trouble using both eyes together or cannot focus for great lengths of time, vision therapy may be the best treatment option for them.

Some of the vision problems we can help:

Dr. Nicole Sangani and staff treat children and adults with many visual dysfunctions. 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

How do I get started?

A full evaluation will help us determine if you or your child has a visual problem that is interfering with learning, visual efficiency, and overall quality of life. The doctor will also tell you if the problem responds to vision therapy. If vision therapy is indicated, an individualized program can be designed to specifically address the difficulties you or your child is having.