When you think about vision, you might be thinking about your vision’s clarity. However, what if the issue you’re experiencing comes from a functional problem in your visual system? What are your options for treating this?
Vision therapy is your opportunity to address functional problems with your vision. By having you perform various supervised exercises, you may improve the efficiency and functionality of your vision.
You can think of vision therapy kind of like physical therapy, but instead of focusing on your body, vision therapy focuses on your entire visual system, like your eyes, eye muscles, and brain.
Vision therapy sessions consist of optometrist-led visual exercises chosen depending on your symptoms and age. With these exercises, which trains your brain and visual system to work better together, you may improve learning-related vision skills, sports vision skills, and binocular vision skills.
What’s The Difference Between Visual Acuity & Vision Function?
Not everything about your vision depends on clarity. In fact, it is possible for someone to have 20/20 visual acuity but still have problems with the functionality of their vision. The 2 can be differentiated like this:
Visual acuity refers to how clear your vision is and can be assessed by testing you with a Snellen eye chart or phoropter.
Vision function refers to functions your eyes need to work properly, like eye tracking, focusing accuracy, depth perception, and more.
To train your vision’s functionality, our team will have you perform a range of different vision-focused exercises using instruments like prism lenses, balance boards, filters, computer programs, and more.
Symptoms Treated by Vision Therapy
Learning-Related Vision Problems
Vision therapy can help manage and even correct learning problems related to your or your child’s vision. In some cases, some of these issues may be misdiagnosed as ADHD, dyslexia, or other learning, developmental, or behavioural problems.
Learning-related vision issues can include:
Skipping or re-reading lines
Poor reading comprehension
Flipping or reversing letters when reading
Strabismus & Amblyopia
Strabismus (crossed-eyes) and amblyopia (lazy eye) are conditions that affect your eyes’ orientation and could lead to permanent vision problems if not corrected. It’s very important to catch these issues as early as possible, as they can develop in children as young as 3 years old.
Binocular coordination refers to how well your eyes work together. However, binocular deficiencies can affect your ability to read, write, play sports, and even safely drive a car.
Sports-Related Vision Issues
No matter the sport, you demand a lot from your eyes to help play your best. However, having deficiencies can affect your eye tracking, hand-eye coordination, and focusing abilities.