What Physiotherapists are to Orthopaedicians, Vision therapists are to eye
therapy (sometimes called vision training or VT) is like physical therapy for the visual
system, teaching the eyes and the brain to overcome certain visual problems. An
to surgical treatment, it’s supervised by an optometrist and is always customized to the
Like a physical therapist, a vision therapist will give a patient exercises to improve
visual skills. Sometimes these exercises will be done in an eye doctor’s office, and
times they may be assigned for home practice.Vision therapy uses specialized equipment
tools—like prisms, therapeutic lenses, patches, and balance boards—to help patients
visual activities and exercises.
It’s not about making eye muscles stronger, and it doesn’t mean you (or your child) will
able to lose their glasses or contact lenses.
It’s also not just for kids. Even though we associate learni ng disorders and other
conditions with children and development, vision therapy can help people of all ages.
Glasses and contacts are important for helping you see clearly, but there are a number
vision conditions that aren’t treatable with corrective eyewear. Vision therapy programs
designed to treat a variety of vision problems and even reading and learning disorders:
- Amblyopia, or lazy eye
- Eye focusing (accommodative dysfunction)
- Eye teaming (binocular vision dysfunction)
- Eye tracking (oculomotor dysfunction)
- Visual perceptual and processing deficits
For children and adults who struggle with reading or learning and who aren’t helped by
glasses alone, vision therapy can help bridge the gap to greater comfort and confidence.
can be effective for those who experience things like:
- Eye strain or headaches when accomplishing visual tasks
- Poor depth perception or hand-eye coordination
- Difficulties processing visual information
- Skipping words or losing their place when reading
- Vision that gets blurry or trouble focusing when taking notes, reading or