Vision involves much more than simply seeing clearly at distance and near. Visual skills are developed as we grow and can generally be improved by therapy if they are not developing properly. Visual skills involve the focusing system, eye-teaming and finely controlled eye movements. These visual skills must work well individually and together to have an efficient visual system. Visual problems can cause discomfort and delays in reading and learning.
We are firm believers in the difference vision therapy makes in our patients’ quality of life. For us, it is deeply satisfying to watch a child struggling academically flourish once their eyes work as intended. We are so lucky to be able to make such an impact on the lives of our patients.
We are proud of our reputation in Grande Prairie as being attentive and considerate therapists. Please schedule a consultation for a day/time that is convenient for you to learn more about vision therapy and whether or not it is ideal for your needs.
Many of our vision therapy patients are kids. We often see children who are extremely intelligent but their visual system is holding them back from reaching their full potential. During one-on-one sessions with the child, we will work to correct the visual challenges that are causing them frustrations. These include eye tracking and focusing problems, correcting eye alignment, and improving reading comprehension and eye-hand coordination.
Children who have the following symptoms may benefit from vision therapy:
If you think your child may have some of these symptoms, we would love to see them for a developmental eye exam. We can help determine if vision therapy would be beneficial for them.
Where a child’s mind is open and flexible, adults tend to be more rigid. This can add challenges to vision therapy, but with persistence and patience most adults experience great benefit from the process.
Many individuals who experience a traumatic brain injury (stroke or concussion) have difficulty returning back to their normal routine. Changes to the visual system are often overlooked throughout the rehabilitation process. Although previously well developed, visual skills can be significantly impaired following TBI. These changes can have a dramatic impact on returning to daily life at pre-injury levels. Vision therapy is a powerful component of the rehabilitation process and a crucial step in helping patients regain their ability to function and thrive in today’s busy world.
Patients who suffer from visual dysfunction following a brain injury may have some of these symptoms:
These symptoms are a sign that the visual system is not functioning properly and vision therapy can help.
If you’re looking to achieve the pinnacle of your performance, undergoing sports vision therapy is a great way to up your game. By improving reaction times, colour comprehension, vision processing, and overall hand/eye coordination, you’ll be amazed at how much more performance you can eek out of your eyes.
Specific exercises and tests are performed that are designed to facilitate the development of your eyes. Each therapy regimen is tailored to the individual patient. We will prescribe exercises that target your specific visual needs, depending on what we find during the specialized assessment. We may need to teach you how to accurately control your eyes when they move across a page or to better coordinate your eyes with your body.
The purpose of this therapy is to teach the eyes to work together effectively and improve the patient’s clarity and confidence of vision. Learning is best achieved with an efficient visual system. A student with visual dysfunction must work much harder to learn compared to one whose visual system is well developed. Visual problems can hold back an otherwise bright and intelligent person. Vision therapy is a tool available to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Patients work one on one with an Optometrist and typically have a weekly or biweekly session in our office. We also assign “homework” to be done nightly (that takes less than half an hour to complete).
Depending on the issue being treated, we may use specialized equipment ranking from eye patches to light prisms. We carefully choose the therapy based on patient needs.
Most conditions treated with vision therapy do not involve surgery. However, treatment of certain conditions, such as strabismus, may involve surgery performed by an ophthalmologist. Therapy is an important component of the treatment plan in these cases to ensure success and reduce the need for multiple surgeries. Surgery may make the eyes straight, but it does not force the brain to use the eyes together. Therapy can train the eyes to work as a team and improve coordination and depth perception.