What is Vision Therapy?
HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR CHILD NEEDS VISION THERAPY
Vision plays an important part of reading and learning, with over 17 different skills being required. Evaluation of these skills with a thorough eye examination allows us to identify and treat visual deficits surrounding tracking, eye teaming, focussing, and more. To assess these areas, we provide developmental eye exams and vision therapy for children with difficulties pertaining to reading and learning.
With numerous areas of the brain involved in the visual process, research has shown that following an acquired brain injury, 40% of patients demonstrate difficulties with teaming the eyes together to view near objects (convergence insufficiency), 30% show difficulties with focussing (accommodative insufficiency), and up to 90% have tracking deficits (oculomotor dysfunction).
Vision therapy, similar to physiotherapy, emphasizes the brain-eye connection and works to enhance the efficiency of the visual system. Vision therapy can help children eliminate visual barriers to learning, and dampen or eliminate symptoms related to acquired brain injury.