Vision Therapy

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 is Vision Therapy? 

Vision therapy is a specialised form of treatment focused on enhancing visual abilities, specifically targeting areas such as eye movement, coordination, focusing, and perception. It is commonly employed to address vision issues that are not adequately corrected by eyeglasses or contact lenses alone. Additionally, vision therapy aims to enhance visual skills essential for tasks like reading, sports, and other activities reliant on optimal vision.

 

How can Vision Therapy Help?

Vision therapy can help improve visual problems, including:


  • Eye-Tracking:  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 crucial for comprehension when reading.
  • Focusing (Accommodation): 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.
  • Binocular Vision: This is how we can see a single image even though we have two eyes. Our brain is 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.
  • Depth Perception: Depth perception lets us see the world in 3D and judge distances. When light hits our eyes, it makes 2D pictures on the retina. But our clever brain turns these into a 3D view of our surroundings.
  • Amblyopia (Lazy Eye): 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.

 

Signs your child could benefit from vision therapy:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Skips lines when reading
  • Uses finger to keep place
  • Sloppy handwriting and drawing
  • Excessive fatigue from school or work
  • Trouble with catching the ball and sports

 

Vision Therapy at Vision Care

  • The process begins with a comprehensive eye examination where we take a deep dive into your eye health, your systemic health and your family health history and your lifestyle. This evaluation helps to identify and isolate specific visual issues or disorders.
  • Based on the assessment, a customised treatment plan is developed to target the specific vision problem. The first line treatment is often glasses. If glasses are not enough to control the problem or if the problem is severe enough, vision therapy may be recommended. A vision therapy plan is customised for each individual and includes exercises, activities, and therapeutic techniques that are designed to address the particular needs of a patient
  • Vision therapy involves a combination of regular in-office sessions with our vision therapist and home-based exercises. In-office sessions typically occur weekly or fortnightly. The duration of vision therapy can vary widely, depending on the nature and severity of the visual issues and the patient’s response to treatment. Our vision therapist and optometrists work together closely to monitor the progress and make adjustments to the therapy program as needed to ensure optimal improvement and results.

 

If you would like to find out more or schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists please call (08) 9314 2206.