What is vision therapy?
Vision Therapy or Vision Training refers to exercises and activities that improve certain functions in the visual system. These activities are usually prescribed by a Developmental Optometrist or Behavioural Optometrist when they discover problems with eye movements and visual processing. Research has shown that many children with diagnosed learning disabilities such as ADD, ADHD, and dyslexia, also have abnormal visual function. Similar issues can arise after traumatic head injuries or strokes.
It is very common to have binocular vision or vision processing problems, but still see “20/20” on an eye chart. This is why simple vision screening tests in a school or doctor’s office can fail to identify problems that can be treated with vision therapy.
What symptoms are common with Binocular Vision problems?
Generally, trouble with reading, spelling, handwriting, headaches, blurred vision, fatigue, and near work avoidance can indicate binocular vision or visual processing dysfunction.