Do you have questions about vision therapy, or our clinic in general?
Vision therapy can significantly improve the way the eyes and brain work together to achieve clear and comfortable vision at all times.
Vision therapy begins with a functional eye examination to test for visual acuity, depth perception, and 17 specific visual skills, and assess whether the eyes are working in tandem. If vision problems are identified, a customized vision therapy program will be prescribed to the child’s specific needs. It will include exercises taught in the office once or twice a week and reinforced through at-home training.
The duration of vision therapy varies based on the individual’s condition and progress. Typically, therapy sessions are scheduled weekly, and we reassess patients’ progress every three months to adjust the program as needed.
Vision therapy can help patients with the following eye conditions:
- Visual-perceptual problems: difficulty processing visual information
- Double vision
- Binocular-vision problems: eye strain that results from the eyes being slightly misaligned and not working together as a team
- Eye-movement disorders, difficulties scanning across a page or jumping between words
- Accommodative disorders: trouble maintaining focus on a close-by object
- Ocular motility dysfunctions: abnormal eye alignment or difficulty controlling large eye movements
- Vision problems resulting from developmental delays and acquired brain injuries
- Amblyopia (“lazy eye”): the visual skills in one eye is weaker due to a stronger connection between the other eye and the brain
- Strabismus (“crossed or turned eyes”): the eyes point in two different directions, either occasionally or permanently
Vision therapy can benefit people of all ages. It is most effective in childhood, as this is the time when the brain’s plasticity is at its highest.
Insurance coverage for vision therapy can vary. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to check if your plan covers vision therapy or if there are any reimbursement options available.
A vision therapy session may involve a combination of exercises, activities, and tools to improve visual skills. These can include activities to enhance eye tracking, focus, depth perception, and more. Like physiotherapy, there will be home exercises for the patient to complete between therapy sessions.
The goal of Vision Therapy is to teach the brain new skills and make them automatic/the default way for us to do things. Once the automaticity has been reached, your brain is unlikely to revert back to an old way of doing things.
A referral is not necessary. If you suspect that your child is suffering from a visual processing disorder, please schedule a free discovery call with us. Schedule a free discovery call with us
Children with visual processing disorders can be misdiagnosed with a learning disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and/or behavioural disorder, because they have the same signs and symptoms as visual processing issues. For example, children with vision processing problems demonstrate concentration problems, make “careless” mistakes and act out. They can struggle to read but enjoy being read to. In cases where a child may have a learning disability and vision processing issues, vision therapy can help your child’s ability to take in information.