Vision therapy is a tailored program of visual activities aimed to correct certain visual problems or improve visual skills. It aims to address the cause of a visual problem, rather than simply compensating for the symptoms.
This is achieved by teaching the visual system to correct itself. For this reason, it requires commitment from the patient and their time as well.
How can it help?
- Help reduce eye strain or discomfort that may cause one to avert from reading.
- Improve focussing of the eyes, so vision doesn’t become blurry after reading.
- Improve learning experience at school by building visual skills that is important for reading and comprehending visual stimulus.
- Improve visual attention
- Strabismus/Eye Turn ( Appearance can improve once the functional aspect of binocular vision is addressed)
- Amblyopia/Lazy eye ( Help the eyes see to see evenly)
- Improve binocular vision function as a poor system often results in eye strains, headaches, blurry vision.
- Post-brain injury patients can benefit from vision therapy as well.
Does that mean I don’t need to wear glasses at all if I do vision therapy?
In some cases, yes. This is when the glasses were used as aids to help with eye focussing.
However when someone is short-sighted and need glasses to see clearly in the distance, vision therapy cannot replace the need of spectacle or contact lens correction because it is related to the anatomy of the patient’s eye. The same applies for adults in their late forties who need reading glasses.