Vision therapy is a physical therapy that is used for the betterment of your eyes and brain. This therapy does not involve any surgery and has helped patients, children in particular, for viewing problems like crossed eyes, lazy eye, convergence insufficiency, double vision, learning and reading issues. In fact, patients who had given up hope of any improvement have gotten 100% results from this therapy.
This procedure is performed via various exercises. It is used for treating learning disabilities and to resolve any visual problem that is hindering with the reading process. Though Optometrists don’t really ascertain visual therapy as a treatment, it can’t be denied either.
What is Vision Therapy
This therapy is used for treatment of eye problems. It is a progressive stage program that involves some exercises. Some main points of Vision Therapy are:
• It is performed under strict doctor surveillance.
• Customized as per the patient’s requirements.
• An in-office treatment, with some outdoor sessions. The sessions are held once or twice a week and can be 30 minutes to an hour long.
• Apart from in-office, home exercises are also done.
Vision Therapy Recommendation
Visual therapy is recommended under these conditions:
• To improve vision efficiency and comfort
• To help patient’s build a better visual skill.
• To change the process of interpretation of visual information by the patient.
Many confuse themselves with thinking, this therapy is an exercise for the eye, but exercises are done to make the muscles stronger and for your information, your eye muscles are quite strong.
Therapy sessions held in the office involves various special equipment and is done under professional supervision. Some of the types of equipment used include:
• Corrective lens
• Therapeutic lens
• Prism lens
• Optical filters
• Occluders (eye patches)
• Electronic target time mechanism
• Computer software
• Training device with visual motor sensors
• Vestibular device (balance board)
The process is quite simple. After a comprehensive visual test, the therapist does an evaluation of your outcome and reports. After studying your case, they can confirm if the therapy will benefit you or not.
Hope by now it’s clear, vision therapy is not a surgery and is totally safe for children as well. Yes, for the therapy to be a success it’s it is important to follow the instructions given by your therapist. Plus your full involvement, especially in children cases is a must. With children be supportive and make them feel comfortable so they interact with the therapist.