What is Vision Therapy?
Vision Therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain – is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency, and some reading and learning disabilities.
Therapeutic exercises are performed using dedicated optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. Vision therapy is always customized to the needs of the patients, and as patients make progress, treatments and exercises are progressively adjusted to encourage further visual improvement over time.
Vision Therapy treatment programs are carefully calculated to correct visual-motor for perceptual-cognitive insufficiencies. Treatment sessions include activities, exercises, and procedures that augment the brain’s capacity to manage alignment, I movements, and visual processing.
Vision Therapy for Children
Vision therapy is appropriate and helpful for patients of all ages- including children
In fact, Mayo Clinic researchers suggest that visual therapy is the best way to treat convergence insufficiency in children, and it may also be effective for addressing learning-related visual problems. Other conditions that may be improved with vision therapy include, lazy eyes (amblyopia) and eye turns (strabismus). Vision therapy has also been shown to be useful in training both eyes to work together with better coordination and more efficient binocular vision.
Success with Vision Therapy
The American Optometric Association, National Eye Institute, and many eye health professional screws and recommend vision therapy for the treatment of both physiological and perceptual vision conditions.
Even though visual therapy treatment results vary from patient to patient, treatments are often effective providing results that collective lenses in surgical procedures are unable to offer. Many patients who have undergone vision therapy report in proved peripheral vision, better hand-eye coordination, better focusing, and faster visual reaction time.
As an added benefit, patients also report fewer environmentally induced headaches, blurred vision, eye strain and nausea. Furthermore, although it is often used to treat visual dysfunctions, visual behavioural therapy is also helpful for the prevention of future visual problems, as well as enhancing existing visual capacity.
Vision Therapy for Sports
Sports vision training is a subtype of Optometric Vision Training which works on enhancing an athlete’s vision abilities to take their game to the next level. Dr. Kincaid will create an individualized training plan on a sports specific basis to build visual skills, custom tailored to each athlete and sport.
Is your vision affecting your game
Do you know that healthy vision is important for the everyday tasks of life, such as work and school, but have you considered how are your eyesight affects your time at the play? Think about when you are up to bat, or preparing for a kick off, serve, or goal?
Healthy vision, like strength and speed, are important to the success in any sport, whether it is on the field or the court. Fortunately, our office can help you stay on top of your game with regular exams, training, and eye protection.
How does vision affect your game?
- Less than 20/20 vision may make it difficult to clearly see objects, such as an archery target
- Decreased depth perception and eye focusing can make judging distances and adjusting your focus between close and far objects a challenge, a problem if you are playing a round of golf
- Reduced hand-eye coordination can slow performance of your body, causing you to strike out when you’re up to bat
We can help you step up your game by performing a comprehensive eye exam, creating a personalized vision therapy or enhancement program, and recommending protective eyewear, sun wear, or speciality lenses to optimize the visual conditions and needs of various sports.
Call Eye Associates of North Bay at 705.495.2022 to schedule an appointment with us, or visit our website at www.northbayeyecare.ca to learn more about Sports Vision Training.