Vision Therapy is a part of Optometric care devoted to developing, improving and enhancing people’s visual performance. Vision disorders are one of the most underdiagnosed yet common conditions in the world today.
Vision therapy can benefit people of all ages who have vision disorders that are affecting every aspect of life, from driving to learning and socialising.
Vision therapy addresses a number of visual skills
- Tracking- the ability to follow a moving object such as a ball
- Fixating-the ability to quickly and accurately locate and inspect something such as words when reading
- Focussing and Focussing flexibility-the ability to keep things clear no matter the distance such as when copying from the board
- Depth Perception-the ability to judge relative distances, such as when parking a car or catching a ball
- Peripheral Vision-the ability to monitor and interpret what is happening around you
- Maintaining attention-the ability to keep doing an activity easily without interfering with the performance of other skills
- Binocularity-the ability to use both eyes together smoothly, equally, simultaneously and accurately
- Visualisation-the ability to form mental images in your mind’s eye, retain and store them for future recall, or to assist in creating new mental images beyond your current of past experiences. Visualisation is a vital skill for spelling, reading and writing.
Vision therapy is not about strengthening your eye muscles. The muscles are always strong. However, the coordination of the muscles may be the problem. In most instances it is also not about teaching you to see more clearly, unless you have amblyopia.
In some people their visual skills haven’t develop well, in other people the impact of their environment and visual stress may alter the efficiency of their visual function. All these people can benefit from vision therapy.
By using a multi-sensory approach, we design a therapy programme to help the person develop their visual abilities, which sets the stage for better learning, sporting ability, reading and many other tasks.
So, if you or a loved one is experiencing problems or think you may need vision therapy, please call the office to schedule an initial consultation. Once we have assessed your visual needs and abilities, we can recommend the best course of treatment.
Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation
A behavioural optometrist trained in Neuro Optometric rehabilitation can play an important role in the rehabilitation of a person following an Acquired brain injury.
Very few in the health care professions, are adequately aware of the visual problems and visual perceptual consequences resulting from a brain injury. Visual symptoms related to the ABI are often left untreated, leading to frustrations, loss of income and poor quality of life for the person and their family members.
Plasticity is the basis of all Neuro Rehabilitation from speech and language, to the aspects of motor control, cognition and vision rehabilitation. More than half of our grey matter and multiple areas of the brain are involved in processing vision.
Neuro-optometric rehabilitation is an individualised treatment plan for patients with visual deficits as a direct result of physical disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and other neurological insults. Neuro-optometric therapy is a process for the rehabilitation of visual, perceptual and motor disorders. By applying vision therapy principles, lenses, prisms, filters and other aides, the person can be trained to improve the control of their visual system and increase visual efficiency. This in turn leads to improved quality of life.
For more information, please call us at 02 9982 1039.