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All You Need to Know

Vision therapy emerges as a highly effective and non-surgical avenue that concentrates on refining the harmonious coordination between your eyes and brain. This, in turn, contributes to the augmentation of the precision of your visual perception. Spearheaded by adept optometric professionals, this personalized program is meticulously tailored to target and ameliorate deficiencies in both visual-motor skills and perceptual-cognitive functions.

 

By engaging in a comprehensive array of exercises and thoughtfully devised procedures, this therapeutic approach systematically reinforces your brain’s command over a spectrum of visual functions. These encompass not only the way your eyes track and move but also how your brain processes and interprets the visual information it receives. Through strategic and progressive interventions, vision therapy effectively fine-tunes:

 

  • Eye Alignment
  • Eye Tracking and Teaming
  • Eye Focusing Abilities
  • Eye Movements
  • Visual Processing

 

The advantages of vision therapy have reached a global scale, positively impacting numerous individuals across diverse walks of life. This holds particularly true for those encountering difficulties in academic pursuits, professional engagements, or sports activities. What’s more, the efficacy of vision therapy extends to individuals with unique requirements, including those who require visual rehabilitation due to special needs. This underscores the inclusive and versatile nature of vision therapy as a beneficial rehabilitation.

Exercises

At our in-house appointments, our experienced doctors will lead you through a diverse set of exercises meticulously designed to enhance and fortify your visual acuity. Furthermore, they might recommend exercises for you to incorporate into your daily routine at home. Presented below are several exercises that can be seamlessly integrated into your vision therapy sessions or pursued independently as part of your home therapy regimen.

Computer Programs

Different vision therapy activities, such as stress-testing vergence, accommodation, eye movements, and visual information processing, will be completed using computer-assisted methods. Patients have the option to complete a wide range of virtual activities while still adhering to traditional vision therapy practices.

Prism or Lens Fixation

During this exercise, you’ll be prompted to focus your attention on a specific object. Meanwhile, you’ll also engage with a variety of lenses or prisms positioned at various angles. This practice of prism or lens fixation is designed to train your eyes to effectively perceive objects and individuals situated at close or nearby distances. As you participate in this exercise, your visual system becomes more adept at accommodating different visual cues, ultimately contributing to an improved ability to perceive nearby events and people.

Patching

In the presence of amblyopia or a lazy eye condition, a situation arises where the brain tends to disregard visual signals originating from the weaker eye. In such cases, patching therapy can prove effective. By covering the stronger eye, the sensory input it provides is reduced, thereby compelling the brain to actively engage with the weaker eye. Consequently, this approach facilitates improved collaboration between both eyes, leading to enhanced overall visual function.

Vision Rest

For those who spend extended periods working or studying on computer screens, there’s an effective eye exercise that’s worth considering. It’s known as the “20/20/20 rule,” and it’s backed by medical experts as a helpful practice. Here’s how it works: Every 20 minutes of continuous computer use, it’s recommended to take a short break. During this break, take about 20 seconds to let your eyes rest and focus on an object that’s roughly 20 feet away from you.

 

By incorporating this simple routine into your computer-related activities, you can experience some substantial benefits. It’s been observed to reduce eye strain and minimize feelings of eye fatigue. Furthermore, it’s even been associated with alleviating headaches. Another advantage is its potential to enhance your ability to maintain concentration.

How to Tell if Vision Therapy is Needed

The advantages of vision therapy extend across various age groups, surpassing the confines imposed by eyeglasses or contact lenses. While typically linked with pediatric care, the realm of vision therapy is progressively expanding to encompass adults who have encountered concussions or traumatic brain injuries. It’s important to note that standard vision screenings might not detect latent issues that could potentially influence learning, athletic pursuits, or professional tasks. If you find yourself grappling with challenges in these domains, the avenue of vision therapy could hold the answer you seek.

 

This holistic approach addresses an array of symptoms that cannot be effectively mitigated through straightforward measures like corrective eyewear. It delves into a more comprehensive spectrum of concerns, such as:

 

  • Car Sickness
  • Problems Focusing
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Poor Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Low Comprehension
  • Double Vision
  • Persistent Eye Strain or Fatigue
  • Prolonged Homework Completion
  • Troubles Focusing When Reading
  • Letters Moving
  • Rubbing of Eyes
  • Avoids Certain Activities
  • Eyes Watering When Reading
  • Reduced Attention Span
  • Reverses Letters or Words
  • Behind in Reading Skills

 

If you or a loved one are showing any of these symptoms, we strongly recommend reaching out to one of our doctors. They can conduct a thorough or pediatric eye examination to assess whether vision therapy might be beneficial.

Locations & Doctors

We have assembled an exceptional team of doctors who collaborate to offer unparalleled optical expertise and care to patients of all ages. Our award-winning doctors foster lasting relationships with each patient through open communication and transparency. We guarantee a personalized and highly educational experience tailored to individual optical needs. With precision and convenience, Art of Optiks ensures a visit that is truly unique to you.

 

At our locations in Edina and Wayzata, we proudly partner with Twin Cities Vision Therapy, led by Dr. Whitman. She is a remarkable professional dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of her patients, both young and old. Specializing in working with children and patients with special needs, she also welcomes patients of all ages for routine eye care, contact lenses, and disease management. Art of Optiks has several locations available to our clients, allowing them to explore our variety of services no matter where they reside. Don’t wait; contact us to start your vision therapy. 

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