Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain. It is a treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye (amblyopia), double vision, focusing difficulties (accommodation), eye movement disorders (tracking), eye teaming and convergence difficulties.
Eyetek Optometrists have a holistic and behavioural view of vision and vision therapy. Vision is a dynamic process, which controls the action of the entire body and, in turn, is influenced by feedback from other senses.
We understand that visual problems are often accompanied by visual processing problems interfering with a child’s ability to analyse and interpret visual information. Focusing, eye teaming and eye tracking skills are also closely linked with a child’s ability to perform other fine motor skills, understand their body’s position in space, their visual memory and many other factors.
Essentially, visual therapy trains the brain how to control the eyes and interpret visual information in a more effective way. Depending on the individual, visual therapy can help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities, improve visual comfort as well as efficiency.
For school-going children with learning difficulties, vision therapy is aimed at resolving visual problems, which interfere with reading, learning and functionality in the classroom.
Adults and children who have difficulties with reading and learning can benefit immensely from vision therapy. Slow reading, poor handwriting and avoidance of close work may also be closely linked to an undetected vision problem that may be remediated with vision therapy.
Neuro-optometric therapy can also help adults and children with persistent dizziness, vertigo, abnormal posture and balance problems among other conditions.