Who can benefit from Vision Therapy?
Benefits from vision therapy can be seen by those with:
- Learning Problems because of Vision Problems: poor visual acuity, focusing, eye teaming and tracking, and visualization skills, all affect the ability to learn.
- Poor Performance in Sports: Athletes use vision therapy to improve visual reaction time, hand eye coordination, peripheral awareness, and eye focus speed and tracking.
- Stress from Poor Vision and those who have Poor Vision from Stress: these conditions are often circular or self perpetuating. Those who study or read for long periods of time create stress in the eye causing poor vision. Those with poor vision who read for lengthy periods of time can develop stress in the form of headaches. Many people spend much of their time in front of a computer screen at close distances. Because of these practices, there is an increasing number of patients that experience eyestrain, headaches, and other visual related problems.
- Neurological Disorders or Trauma to the Nervous System, including people who strokes, have traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, developmental delays and some other neurological ailments.
And, as approved by the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees, April 2009 those with the following conditions will benefit from vision therapy:
- Ocular motility dysfunctions (eye movement disorders)
- Non-strabismic binocular disorders (inefficient eye teaming)
- Strabismus – crossed eye or misalignment of the eyes
- Amblyopia – poorly developed vision
- Accommodative disorders (focusing problems)
- Visual information processing disorders, including visual-motor integration and
- integration with other sensory modalities
- Visual sequelae of acquired brain injury
What outcomes can be expected from Vision Therapy?
When visual acuity improves and the eyes move, align, fixate and focus sharply together, vision is completely redefined. Those who engage in Vision Therapy usually find that:
- The ability to see objects improves whether near or far
- The ability to track and follow moving objects improves
- Creating and visualizing mental images becomes easier
- Learning becomes much easier
- Reading level and speed increases
- Time spent studying and learning decreases
Although the rate that those who follow vision therapy programs varies, progress is usually seen very early in the vision therapy program by all.