VISION THERAPY is beginning March 1, 2017 at the Therapy Talk clinic in Concord, NC.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision Therapy is an individualized, supervised, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain’s ability to control:
Eye tracking and eye teaming
Eye focusing abilities
Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient’s newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.
Who Benefits from Vision Therapy?
Children with visual challenges, such as:
1. Learning-related Vision Problems:
•Problems reading, specifically children that reverse letters / words or lose their place when reading.
•Trouble aligning columns in math.
•Problems with right and left side awareness.
•Report eye strain or headaches with near work, avoid near tasks.
•Poor handwriting and/or problems copying from the board.
•Reduced gross and fine motor skills.
•Personal space issues, bumps into others or holds on to others.
•Fatigues easily (even sitting).
•Reduced attention, easily distracted, disruptive.
•Reduced balance, slouches, constantly changes position, clumsy, uncoordinated.
•Poor processing, needs repetition, difficulty taking direction, slow to start work.
•Reduced self help skills (dressing, buttons, zippers, self feeding).
•Poor pencil grip.
2. Poor Binocular (2-eyed) Coordination Vision Therapy helps individuals develop normal coordination and teamwork of the two eyes (binocular vision). When the two eyes fail to work together as an effective team, performance in many areas can suffer (reading, sports, depth perception, eye contact, etc.)
3. Convergence Insufficiency (common near vision disorder) Recent scientific research – funded by the National Eye Institute and conducted at Mayo Clinic – has proven that in-office Vision Therapy is the best treatment for Convergence Insufficiency.
4. Amblyopia (lazy eye), Diplopia (double vision), and Strabismus (cross-eyed, wandering eye, eye turns, etc.) Vision Therapy programs offer much higher cure rates for turned eyes and/or lazy eye when compared to eye surgery, glasses, and/or patching, without therapy. The earlier the patient receives Vision Therapy the better.Recent scientific research has disproven the long held belief that children with lazy eye, or amblyopia, can’t be helped after age 7.
Our Occupational Therapists have extensive training on assisting with improving vision. Please contact Therapy Talk to schedule an evaluation and treatment, 704-239-6321 Office@TherapyTalk.org