Contacts and glasses can do wonders to correct vision. However, not all vision problems, especially ones associated with learning disabilities or traumatic brain injuries, can be fully corrected with glasses, alone. Vision therapy helps “train” the brain to see with clearer, binocular vision.
What is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a process of visual activities designed to improve vision skills and correct certain visual problems. Vision therapy can incorporate lenses, prisms, filters, computer activities, and sight exercises to help train the brain to see more clearly.
Vision therapy is most effective for children, because their brains are still developing and are therefore more open to visual training. However, many adults have benefitted from vision therapy, as well. Vision therapy can cause positive neurological changes that allow the brain and eye to work together better and improving how one processes and interprets visual information.
Where Disorders Are Treated with Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is often used to correct eye movement disorders, vision focusing problems, and amblyopia, or “lazy eye.” In addition, many parents, eye doctors, and teachers recommend vision therapy because it can help with certain learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Vision therapy can help children be more successful in school, have fewer vision-related problems, and improve visual skills.
Vision therapy can be used in other circumstances, as well, such as helping patients recovering from traumatic brain injuries regain visual skills such as reading and understanding signs, as well as improve vision.
Vision therapy is different from other forms of vision correction, because instead of compensating for vision problems like contacts or glasses do or changing the shape of the eye with surgery, vision therapy works with the brain to help address vision problems. Additionally, vision therapy incorporates learning, so it is more like physical therapy for the eye, rather than a simple medical intervention.
While vision therapy cannot fix all vision problems, it can benefit people struggling with certain eye problems, vision focusing problems, sports vision challenges, learning disabilities, or visual problems associated with traumatic brain injuries. It is definitely worth considering if you, your child, or a loved one has a vision problem that affects their academic or work performance or quality of life that has not been fully resolved with tradition visual interventions.
How to Use this Information
Could you or a loved one benefit from vision therapy? For all you and your family’s eye care needs, talk to the experts at Vision Care Specialists. Call 303-991-9600 or schedule online to make an appointment!
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