What is vision therapy?

Vision Therapy (VT) is a series of exercises or activities that allow a person to develop important skills that will assist them with focussing, eye alignment and interpretation of visually derived information.

Vision Therapy (VT) aims to remedy and enhance an individual’s visual ability. It can be used to treat conditions like:

  • Amblyopia (lazy eye)
  • Eye alignment problems
  • Eye coordination problems
  • Eye focussing problems.

VT is designed to provide the opportunity to learn to function with greater visual stamina, efficiency and further develop visual skills.

VT is not used to strengthen eye muscles, but to improve the coordination, efficient functioning and processing of the visual system; it follows a developmental sequence and is designed to provide a more solid foundation for the acquisition of a higher level visual function, enhancing the progress of visual development.

How could Vision Therapy (VT) help my child to read and write?

To read well we don’t just need clear vision, we also need efficient tracking eye movements and accurate interpretation of what is read. If any of these skills are not appropriately developed, they can hold a child back from reading as well as they could.

Your optometrist at Envision Optical will identify which skills are underdeveloped and provide Vision Therapy to help them. Developmental Vision Therapy does not teach your child to read and write, but teaches them the skills they need to read well.

What’s involved in Vision Therapy?

At Envision Optical we design a program to suit the individual’s need. There are weekly in-office visits of 45 minutes with exercises to be completed daily at home.

To learn more you can visit the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrist website, which has very useful resources.

There is also a great TED talk on vision therapy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pHvS7Mr_l8

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