Our vision therapy program helps children (and adults) develop the visiual skills necessary for good vision. Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for your eyes completed under the direct supervision of a optometrist. This specialized program of neurological exercises integrates your brain, body and eyes together to allow the visual system to function automatically without compensating for inefficiencies and helps facilitate each individual to achieve their full potential. Our treatment program consists of customized 30 minute one on one sessions with our licensed optometrist as well as a carefully montored digital take home program.
Who benefits from Vision Therapy?
Children and adults can both benefit from vision therapy to treat visual challenges that cannot be fixed with glasses, contacts or refractive surgery. These challenges include:
Learning related visual problems:Conditions such as poor eye teaming, focusing, tracking and visualization skills can all negatively affect learning.
Crossed Eye (Strabismus) or Lazy Eye (Amblyopia):Crossed eyes and or lazy eyes can be treated with Vision Therapy instead of conventional surgery, glasses or patching. Vision Therapy is very effective for these conditions at an early age, but can yield results for patients of any age.
Stress-induced vision problems: Our high-tech society requires many people to do a large volume of near work in front of a computer screen. Because of this, there is an increasing number of patients that experience eyestrain, headaches and other visual related difficulties.
Visual rehabilitation for special populations (strokes, brain injuries, developmental delays, multiple sclerosis, etc.):A neurological disorder or trauma to the nervous system can affect a person’s vision. This includes people who have traumatic brain injuries, strokes, whiplash, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological ailments.
Sports vision improvement:Even good vision can become better. Athletes often use Vision Therapy to improve eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, peripheral awareness, eye teaming, focusing, tracking and visualization skills.
WHAT IS VISION THERAPY?
About Vision Therapy Treatment
How long does it take to see results from Vision Therapy?
You will notice results in as few as 2-4 sessions. To completely correct some of the simpler problems such as convergence insufficiency can take as few as 10-12 sessions. More complex problems may take 20-30 sessions. The fastest results are achieved depending on how hard a person works on their exercises at home, how long the person has had the problem, and the age of the patient. In general, a young child is easier to treat than an adult.
What improvements can I expect to see from Vision Therapy?
When the eyes move, align, fixate and focus together, a whole new world of vision is discovered. With successful treatment, our patients may find that:
Learning becomes easier
Reading level and speed increases
Time spent on homework decreases
The ability to follow moving objects (a ball, a car) improves
Seeing objects nearby or at a distance improves
Visualizing mental images becomes easier
The rate at which patients experience these improvements will vary, but generally progress is seen early in the therapy program.
My child was screened at school. Is that enough?
You can have 20/20 visual acuity (clarity) in the distance and still have a vision problem that affects performance. School screenings and most pediatric screenings only detect about 5% of vision problems that can affect academic performance simply because they will only screen for distance visual acuity (and sometimes health). How clear you see and how healthy your eyes are have a very small part in how the eyes and brain function together. Vision screenings do not usually include testing of depth perception, eye teaming, focusing, eye movement control and form perception which can significantly impact visual performance.
How can I tell if I'm a good candidate for Vision Therapy?
At your VT evaluation, Dr. Nguyen will discuss your symptoms with you and whether you are a good candidate. Before you register for your weekly sessions you have to have a inital evaluation which is for a 30-60 minute exam. Schedule you evaluation with us at one of our Brooklyn, NY loations