Drs. Bayer, Samborski and Associates, Optometrists 

Vision Therapy

What is Vision Therapy?

Vision therapy is an individualized treatment program designed to help patients with visual problems where other treatments like glasses and contact lenses cannot help. The goal of vision therapy is to resolve vision problems using procedures that can improve visual function and performance. While having 20/20 visual acuity is a great start, our vision also relates to how well our eyes work together with our brain to process visual information. Many children who suffer vision problems can go undiagnosed since visual symptoms may not be revealed through regular school screenings. Without these fundamental skills, children may have more difficulty with reading, writing and comprehension at school.

How Does Vision Therapy Help Improve Vision? 

The procedures used in vision therapy help patients enhance their abilities to coordinate their eyes and improve their brain’s efficiency at understanding the visual information received through their eyes. Visual assessments are performed prior to therapy to assess a patient’s ability to focus eyes, eye teaming, eye tracking, and process visual information.

How Long Does it Take To Complete Vision Therapy?

Due to the wide variety of signs and symptoms that can present themselves, these visual problems can be unique for each patient. Therapy must be tailored to meet the needs of each individual’s visual problems. Vision therapy programs can vary in length and are dependent on the type and severity of the visual problems. Most programs consist of weekly in-office visits, along with at home activities which help reinforce the skills learned in our office. ​

What is the anticipated outcome of Vision Therapy? 

The goal of vision therapy is to use procedures designed to improve the brain’s ability to control eye movements, eye coordination and process visual information. The enhanced skills obtained through vision therapy can translate to improvements in classroom task (ie. reading, writing and learning) and/or sports (ie. hand eye coordination, depth perception and improved reaction time). 

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The following are some of the signs and symptoms that may be indicative of vision problems:

  • Complains of blurred vision
  • Rubbing eyes frequently
  • Squinting
  • Can only read for short periods
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Complains of tired eyes
  • Headaches while reading
  • Loses place or skips lines when reading
  • Uses finger when reading
  • Short attention span
  • Difficulty distinguishing between different letters or words
  • Trouble copying from board at school
  • Holds reading material very close
  • Poor handwriting or printing
  • Reverses letters or words
  • Confuses left and rights
  • Complains of double vision
  • Feels tired when reading
  • Trouble judging distances
  • Notices words jump or floating on a page
  • Poor hand eye coordination
  • Headaches or trouble watching 3D movies

If you or anyone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Concordia Eye Centre to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Samborski, Optometrist.