The FOCUS VISION THERAPY clinic was officially launched at Eyes Focused on You in Georgetown and is already making such a difference. The clinic is a natural extension of Dr. Teske & Associates’ primary vision care practice and is now an integral part of our holistic approach to healthcare. It provides patients with another powerful tool in their healthcare toolbox that will help them experience the full function of their eyes, and optimal health and wellness.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision Therapy (VT) is a safe, effective, drug-free, and doctor-supervised program of treatment designed to improve the function of the visual system. The visual system comprises more than just the eyes and is not simply about sight. This is because our eyes provide us with an image, but it is our brain that gives us vision. For learning and reading, and to make sense of our world and function fully within it, our brain must process images efficiently. VT trains the brain and can alter the way a person with a vision problem interprets what they see.
Who can benefit from Vision Therapy?
VT can be used to treat adults and children and can correct or improve a number of vision problems including:
- strabismus (crossed eyes)
- amblyopia (lazy eye)
- visual-perceptual-motor abilities
- depth perception challenges
- those experienced by people with Dyslexia or Attention Deficit Disorder and
- those caused by a traumatic brain injury or concussion
Vision Therapy can also be used to enhance normal vision, for example, it can improve the sports performance of athletes.
What does Vision Therapy Involve?
Vision Therapy is not eye exercises! The goal of VT is not to strengthen the eye muscles. It is about training the brain because vision is learned!
Once a potential Vision Therapy patient is referred to FOCUS VISION THERAPY, an assessment is made and a treatment plan is created for the specific needs of the individual. An initial 10- week treatment period is then undertaken with a vision therapist. A variety of tools are used in VT including therapeutic lenses, prisms, electronic targets with timing mechanisms, balance boards, a trampoline, computer software and other simple tools such as bean bags and primary coloured balls. Each session typically lasts one hour and home-based exercises take 15 to 20 minutes a day. At the end of the treatment period, the behavioral optometrist performs another assessment and adjusts the program as needed. The optometrist and therapist work together to ensure progress. A VT program can last from 20 weeks to a year or more, depending on the individual’s diagnosis, their age, and their participation in and commitment to the program.
If you would like to find out more about Vision Therapy and how it may help you or a member of your family, please call 905-702-1616 and ask us about VISION THERAPY.