Physical Therapy For The Eyes & Brain
The visual system is dependant on the eyes and the brain working together. And when they do not, a host of symptoms can manifest, such as learning difficulties, problems concentrating, mobility issues, and any other bodily functions that depend on effective communication between the eyes and the brain.
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What is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy, sometimes referred to as vision training, is non-surgical therapy for the eyes and brain. It involves working with our optometrists to do a series of visual tests, exercises, and activities that aim to improve communication between the eyes and the brain, improving visual abilities and fine motor skills.
Vision therapy is a customized and unique experience for every patient. After an initial consultation and exam, our optometrists will come up with an individualized treatment plan. This may include bi-weekly or weekly sessions, along with at-home therapy work.
What Can Vision Therapy Help With?
Different from visual acuity (the clarity of your vision) vision therapy aims to improve visual skills like:
- Eye movement control
- Depth and colour perception
- Binocular Vision
Who Can Benefit From Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is advantageous for many patients, regardless of age. In most cases, patients who are experiencing difficulties with mobility, learning, or other physical or mental challenges do not realize that the problem may be related to their visual system.
If you, or your child, are experiencing the following, you may want to speak to your optometrist about vision therapy:
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
- Lack of focus or short attention span
- Poor handwriting
- Trouble reading
- Behavioural issues or acting out
- Lack of eye-hand coordination
- Loss of interest in school and once-loved activities
- Double vision or trouble with eye alignment