Most probably you are familiar with the term vision therapy. If not, let’s learn about this. What could be this, Excited??
Vision disorder, one of the most underdiagnosed conditions but common one. For such problems, we have a vision therapy program to get rid of these visual problems which are affecting the quality of life of an individual.
It is estimated that one in ten children have a vision problem that affects their learning abilities in school.
What is vision therapy?
Vision Therapy is a series of exercises or activities performed to retrain the brain and eyes to work together, so as to improve the functional visual systems.
Vision therapy, also known as visual therapy, visual training, or simply VT. The primary goal of vision therapy is to optimize the entire visual system, which includes eyes and portions of the brain that associates vision, visual perception, and other vision-related functions. It helps an individual to gain and binocular vision.
The non-surgical, non-invasive program performed under the supervision of an Optometrist or Vision therapist. Mostly it is advised and monitored by an optometrist, so it is also known as optometric vision therapy. It is for both children and adults but most often used for children.
Optometrists define vision therapy as an attempt to develop or improve visual skills and abilities; improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency; and change visual processing or interpretation of visual information.
Vision therapy is like physical therapy. For this course, exercises as well as lenses, prisms, filters, video games, patches may be used. This program consists of mostly supervised in-office under supervision
One should understand that successful outcomes are achieved through therapeutic processes that depend on the active participation of experts, patients, and child parents (child’s case).
Most importantly one should know that having vision 6/6 or simply normal visual acuity is not enough. Having a normal vision is good but still, vision problems may exist.
You might have checked vision with a vision chart but not all visual performance. An individual or child may struggle with poor eye-hand coordination, reading problems, focusing problems, and many more. In such cases, VT is mostly preferred.
Furthermore, VT is quite helpful for students, athletics, brain injured patients as well as those who use digital devices excessively.
What are the benefits of Vision Therapy?
An individual can get better learning and reading skills as well as one can enhance his/her sports performance. They can improve their daily activities. Similarly, vision therapy is essential for those with brain injury such as stroke or concussion.
Furthermore, vision therapy benefits people of all ages. Basically an individual having following conditions and symptoms related to those conditions are benefited.
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental disorder
- Learning disabilities
- Convergence insufficiency
- Accommodative disorders
Furthermore, people who get a headache, fatigue once after reading or computer use are also benefited. Similarly, it can help people related to sports also.
Symptoms of vision disorders
Vision problems or symptoms that we look for are as follows.
- Feeling sleepy while reading
- Eye tracking problems
- Lazy eye and crossed eye
- Difficulty in reading
- Head tilt
- Diplopia (Double vision)
- Re-read same thing frequently
- Poor memory condition
- Poor Eye-hand coordination
- Difficulty in focusing
- Using finger so as to read
How Vision Therapy works?
First of all, to make vision therapy work, diagnosis is necessary. One should know that not only children but adults can also gain effective results with it. Having normal vision is not enough, so comprehensive examination is required so as to determine potential problems in how the brain processes information from eyes.
It’s quite important for child vision to examine all aspects of eye health including vision skills. The examination includes taking visual acuity, color blindness, eye teaming together, eye tracking and focusing, primitive reflexes, gross motor skills, fine motor skills and many more.
Therapy treats such conditions that spectacles, contact lenses, or even surgery cannot correct on their own. So it helps people to gain proper binocular vision.
It mostly consists of follow-up to perform activities or exercises that can make use of lenses, prisms, and much other equipment too so as to improve or develop the visual skills. Computer-based therapies are also available these days.
Vision Therapy training duration
Actually, results depend upon people to people. It varies with people, some may get results soon while others may take time.
Depending upon the severity of condition, vision therapy program duration varies from weeks to several months. However, in an average, 4 to 6 months duration. 45 mins to 60 mins duration in one session. Eye experts will decide the pattern and hospital visit for proper results. Furthermore, results depend on severity of condition, monitoring and how an individual performs each task.
Main thing to do so as to determine if VT helps you or your child is to contact Optometrist.
Vision therapy for sports?
Sports vision training is most important for sports persons so as to improve their visual skills and abilities. Powerful visual skills are very much important for excellent performance and great achievement.
An individual can improve his/her eye-hand coordination, eye tracking and teaming, improve peripheral vision, focusing skills, dynamic visual acuity, visual reaction time, and many more with vision therapy.
Vision therapy cost
Cost mostly varies with location. It depends upon the duration of the treatment plan. Eyecare experts will get to know the details about treatment plans. Plans may include the goal, duration, and cost of therapy.