If you have vision problems, you might have heard of vision therapy and are wondering what it’s all about. Our team at Advanced Eye Care has put this guide together to give you a clearer understanding. If you are considering vision therapy, contact one of our offices in Amarillo, Canyon, Dumas, or Hereford, TX.
What Is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a type of treatment used by an eye doctor that improves visual skills. At its core, it’s strengthening and training your eyes and entire visual system. This includes how the brain and eyes communicate with one another.
It might sound a little complicated, but it’s really not. Every time you look at something, a message is sent to the brain. The brain then interprets that message to determine what you’re looking at. Unfortunately, sometimes that message can be misconstrued along the way, which impacts your vision abilities. Vision therapy works to improve the message avenue. It helps patients change how they process and interpret that message, giving them a clearer view of what they’re looking at.
How It Works
Vision therapy works on visual skills. These include your hand-eye coordination, eye-tracking abilities, focusing, visual processing, and more. Depending on your specific visual issues, there are several different tools and resources the optometrist uses to create a customized treatment program. These can include the following:
- Balance boards
- Therapeutic lenses or training glasses
- Electronic targets
Vision therapy is typically something done in an office weekly – sometimes more or less, depending on the needs. However, guidance and recommendations are provided so that the therapy can continue at home, too.
Who Can Vision Therapy Help?
Vision therapy is designed to help children and adults who suffer from a wide range of vision or visual processing issues. These include but are not limited to those with:
- Eye fatigue
- Crossed eyes or strabismus
- Lazy eye or amblyopia
- Double vision
- Hand-eye coordination struggles
- Difficulty differentiating between similar letters, like “b” and “d”
- Difficulty differentiating between similar words, like “saw” and “was”
- Depth perception problems
- Trouble spelling
It has also helped people who typically have headaches after they read, squint often, have motion sickness, and more. The best way to determine if vision therapy can help you or your child is with a visit with one of our eye doctors at Advanced Eye Care.
Schedule Your Vision Therapy with One of Our Eye Doctors
Learn more about vision therapy and if it is right for you at one of our convenient locations in Amarillo, Canyon, Dumas, or Hereford, TX. Call Advanced Eye Care today at (806) 355-9536.