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What is Vision Therapy? | Long Island Eye Doctor

What is Vision Therapy?
Dr. Amy Chang
  • On January 15, 2014
  • http://optixeyecare.com/our-team/

What is Vision Therapy?

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Your doctor may have discussed with you about vision therapy, or maybe you heard it from a friend.  Here is the facts and important information for you to know.

Vision therapy is usually a 40-minute-once-a-week individualized program to alleviate visual symptoms and improve many visual ailments such as :

  1. eye focusing problems (i.e. difficulty keeping one’s vision clear when reading)
  2. double vision  (eyes are misaligned, resulting in headaches)
  3. eye tracking problems (skipping words on a page, having difficulty understanding what was read)
  4. visual perception problems (difficulty with complex visual environments i.e. crowded supermarkets)
  5. dizziness/imbalance

Although it may be easier to describe it as “eye-exercises” or “eye muscle training”  it’s actually quite a bit more complex,  vision therapy is actually training the brain, and how the brain receives and processes the information coming in from the outside world!

Now who can benefit from vision therapy?

So many people!!  It makes me sad to think that so many people are walking around,  with “20/20 vision” but still struggling visually.

  1. The first group I want to talk about is children,  vision is so so important for children because this is how they learn, this is when they develop their thirst for knowledge and build up their self-esteem.  It breaks my heart when I see a child that has been labeled as “lazy” or “unmotivated” by teachers or parents when in reality they are truly struggling with a vision problem. On a positive note, it is the most rewarding when a child goes through vision therapy and you watch them transform into a self-confident happy individual!
  2. The second group are people who have sustained a concussion or head injury in which they don’t feel they have fully recovered from.  They may be experiences fatigue, headaches, dizziness and may not understand why this is happening.  Very often there has been visual consequences from the injury which may not be detected by their doctor.  I love helping these people because they are so motivated to get back to their former (pre-injury) self, and I can really help them get there.

There are so many other ways in which vision therapy can help people.   Maybe you have been told that there is nothing that can be done with your vision problem, I’ve heard that a lot before, but very often we can help!

So what is the next step?  Find a behavioral or developmental optometrist.  If you live in or near Plainview, Long Island you can come see me at Optix Family Eyecare Center. You can also book an appointment here directly.

If not go to…   www.covd.org

This website allows you to search for a doctor with this specialty If you see a FCOVD after their name, they have a fellowship and this means that they more credentials.   I am going to sit for my oral interview this fall (2014) so I will be “fellowed” this year!

Below is an example of a vision therapy exercise, Joe, a wonderful occupational therapist is helping me in this video.  This video was made to train other vision therapists therefore some of the wording may be technical, but this is to give you an idea!

(Don’t worry if the thumbnail is blurry, the video is clear!)

 

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