What is Vision Therapy?

Vision Therapy is more than just “eye exercises”. It is a practical method of “reprogramming” the brain and body to work together as a team. Much like physiotherapy is for the body, vision therapy is for the eyes. Vision therapy can improve a wide range of vision and learning difficulties such as:
  • Visual processing;
  • Eye aiming: tracking or following with the eyes;
  • Visual attention: fixation & use of peripheral vision;
  • Focusing: ability to change focus from far to close;
  • Eye teaming: convergence or the ability to point both eyes accurately at the same time.
Vision Therapy is most successful when practiced through regular “Office Based Vision Therapy” sessions.  Much like a personal trainer for your vision

Benefits of Vision Therapy

  • An increased interest in reading with faster speed and better comprehension;
  • Improved concentration and attention, eye control and focusing ability;
  • Reduction of eyestrain or headache symptoms (or stopping them completely);
  • Decreased light sensitivity;
  • Improved depth perception and night vision;
  • Clearer vision and improved peripheral vision awareness or spatial awareness (locating where we are in space);
  • Improved overall vision and learning potential;
  • It can also be an effective treatment for eye turns and for “lazy” eye in conjunction with the right spectacle prescriptions.

Who can benefit?

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”- Hellen Keller

There is no age limit to treating vision problems with vision therapy. Many patients primarily don’t think they have a vision problem because they have “good sight”. Yet sight is only a very small part of the overall vision process.  We can have poor vision but still have clear sight. Vision is the process in which our brain translates and make sense of what we see.

Vision Therapy and its link to Reading and Learning

There are many reasons why a child might struggle with reading and learning. These are quite complex processes that we are not born with but are behaviours we must learn as we grow. Vision’s main role is to learn; to learn how to easily maintain good attention and concentration, without blurriness or discomfort while reading. Vision guides our fine motor control when we are writing.  Vision is known as the “Queen” sense and is one we rely on heavily and even the mildest of disruptions in our vision can cause significant difficulties with attention, concentration, learning, reading and visual comfort. These will dramatically impact the learning progress, adults included. Treatment of visual problems is important for achieving full potential. Something as simple as an eye teaming problem (how our eyes work together as a team) known as a “convergence insufficiency” can lead to disruptions to everyday learning and cause avoidances of near work.