What is vision therapy?
Vision therapy or vision training refers to exercises and activities that improve certain functions in the visual system. 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.
Vision therapy can also be used to treat many cases of strabismus (eye turns) and amblyopia (lazy eye).
How does vision therapy work?
Vision therapy consists of vision exercises which are prescribed and performed under the supervision of an optometrist. The exercises prescribed are chosen to meet each patients’ specific needs.
The exercises are completed 1-2 times per week in appointments lasting 30 to 60 minutes while working with a vision therapist. Similar to other types of therapy, home exercises are also recommended to reinforce the in-office activities.
The therapy is completed once visual skills and visual processing are remediated.
Why didn’t my family doctor notice?
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.
How do I begin vision therapy?
A comprehensive eye exam is necessary before starting vision therapy. Following the exam, your optometrist may refer you to our Vision Therapy Clinic for further assessment. After the initial assessment a personalized treatment plan will be designed for your needs.
The Vision Therapy Clinic is run out of our eyeDOCS Ottawa clinic (1285 Kilborn Avenue).