Some vision problems cannot be fixed with glasses or contacts, these are usually problems with the eyes working together as a team (binocular vision), problems with the focusing system (accommodation), problems with eye tracking (saccades and pursuits) or problems with visual perception. For patients with these type of visual problems, the patient can improve their visual performance with vision therapy.
What is vision therapy?
Vision therapy is like an exercise program for your eyes. Specifically, we give the patient a set of exercises to do daily to train the muscles in the eye to work the way they are supposed to.
For instance, some people, about 1 in 20, have difficulty when reading because their eyes don’t “point in” at a page enough when they are reading. This can cause headaches, fatigue, double vision, and eventually the avoidance of reading. This condition is called convergence insufficiency, CI for short. Patients with CI can be successfully treated with a vision therapy program, which is over 95% effective. After training the eyes to work properly, the patient will perform “maintainence” therapy once or twice a month, and should be symptom free.
Vision therapy is a proven effective treatment for the following conditions:
- Convergence insufficiency
- Convergence excess
- Divergence anomalies
- Accommodative insufficiency
- Accommodative infacility
- Saccadic eye movement deficiency
- Some forms of exotropia (an eye turn out)
- Visual perception deficiencies
Vision therapy does not treat:
- Nearsightedness (myopia)
- Farsightedness (hyperopia)
- Presbyopia, the aging of the eye that leads to an inability to focus on near objects.