Vision Therapy

Vision Therapy. Brock String, Optometry. Ophthalmology. Orthoptist. Vision Therapist.

Vision therapy is a form of training for the eyes where we employ specialised exercises to strengthen the muscles within the eye and around the eyes. Think about it as going to the gym and working on strength and condition not for your body, but for your eyes. While everyone could benefit from vision therapy, it is used at Vision Care to treat people with eye turns or lazy eyes by working to give them clear and comfortable vision. If you would like to know more, please read on. 

Vision and Learning

Over 80% of what a child learns in school is obtained through visually presented information. If a child has difficulty reading a sentence, copying from the school board, has blurred or double vision they will struggle to reach their full potential. Children experiencing these symptoms would have to work harder than their peers to meet the needs of the classroom. Younger children may avoid tasks that are too visually demanding and may be misinterpreted or misdiagnosed as a behavioural disorder.

What Does Vision Therapy Improve?

How well our eyes quickly and accurately fixate, follow moving objects, and make efficient eye movements for activities like reading and playing sport. Visual tracking is essential for good comprehension while reading.

When the lens in the eye changes shape so we have clear vision when changing distances. It’s a crucial skill for students who shift their focus between reading and the whiteboard.

This is how we can see a single image even though we have two eyes. Through millions of years of evolution, our brain has become so complex that it’s able to turn two separate images into one clear image. For this to happen both our eyes must be aligned and working as a team.

Also known as 3D vision, depth perception allows us to judge distances. This was extremely important for our hunter and gatherer ancestors, who needed to judge how far predators were to stay safe and how close prey was ensure they had enough food to survive. When light hits our eyes, it makes 2D pictures on the retina. But our clever brain overlaps these images into a 3D view of our surroundings.

A condition where one eye has significantly reduced vision, and the brain may favour the use of the other eye. Vision therapy can help improve the function of the weaker eye

Do you or your Child need Vision Therapy? Are they having trouble with:

What else that can be done?

Studies have shown that spending on average 90 minutes a day outdoors, having an appropriate near working distance and taking regular breaks from screens/near-work every hour may also help to reduce the rate of myopia progression.