Depending on the type of complication, standard glasses may be an effective intervention for correcting visual deficits resulting from acute or traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders and complications. If glasses are unable to correct the problem, vision therapy may be necessary to learn and refine visual-motor skills, and to improve daily living.
Vision therapy is like “physical therapy”, but rather than treating the body's muscles, it works on strengthening the eyes and ocular system. It is an excellent rehabilitative tool that has not only improved our patients’ visual skills but has also improved their emotional wellbeing. By enabling them to regain their independence and engage in daily activities, they become more confident. Such therapy is beneficial for children and adults. In the case of children, it can treat problems related to learning disabilities for improved academic performance.
Vision Therapy (also known as “vision training”) is used to improve motor-vision skills for efficient inputting and processing of sensory data, refining tracking and eye movement, and improving the ability of the eyes to work together ("eye teaming"). Such therapy involves a series of exercises formulated under the professional guidance of an optometrist, that can be utilized in home and office settings.
The first step requires a comprehensive ocular examination to determine if therapy is the best option. If it is deemed necessary, the doctor will prescribe an individualized therapy program to train the eyes to work together, to track and perceive sensory data, and to properly utilize focusing skills. Strengthening basic motor-visual skills improves vision, allowing people with neurological complications to enjoy many activities such as reading, writing, playing games, and recognizing the faces of friends and family.
If you or someone you know is struggling with motor-visual skills, or if you suspect that you may be having such difficulty, schedule a comprehensive evaluation with yoir eye doctor to determine if vision therapy is an option.