What is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a set of activities prescribed to an individual to aid in the development of efficient neurosensory and neuromuscular skills to process the world around them. It is prescribed by a doctor who, after a comprehensive eye exam, has determined there is a problem with the visual system that cannot be treated by glasses or contact lenses alone.
Who Needs Vision Therapy?
There are several signs and symptoms that a doctor listens for during a comprehensive eye exam to determine whether a patient may need therapy. These include headaches, eye fatigue/strain, loss of place while reading, avoidance of visually demanding tasks (such as reading), or poor comprehension of written text. In addition, patients who have sustained a concussion may find themselves with these new symptoms, which they’ve never experienced before. These symptoms are often related to conditions that can be treated with vision therapy, found below.
What Conditions Can Vision Therapy Treat?
Research tells us that Vision Therapy is an effective treatment for:
- Eye Movement Disorders (Ocular Motility Dysfunction)
- Inefficient Eye Teaming Disorders
- Misalignment of the Eyes (Strabismus)
- Poorly developed vision (Amblyopia)
- Focusing problems (accommodative disorders)
What conditions cannot be treated with Vision Therapy?
- Nearsightedness (myopia), farsightedness (hyperopia), or astigmatism
What Can I Expect?
Dr. Kelbley will use the information gathered from the assessment completed prior to the first therapy session, and develop a plan customized for that patient. The treatment plan is based off of the needs of the patient, as well as the symptoms the patient presents with. The therapy is administered in-office under the guidance of Dr. Kelbley, and each session is typically 45-50 minutes in length. Therapy sessions are typically weekly in office, and in addition the patient will receive a customized home therapy plan to complete for roughly 10-15 minutes per day.
How Long Does Vision Therapy Last?
The number of therapy sessions needed is dependent on the patient’s symptoms, the condition, and the compliance of the patient with home therapy. Therapy can range from several weeks to several months, depending on the patient.
Who Is The Best Candidate for Vision Therapy?
Patient’s noticing the symptoms above, who are motivated to complete a therapy program to alleviate their symptoms are the best candidates for vision therapy!
What Vision Therapy is NOT:
Vision Therapy cannot replace the need for glasses or contact lenses. Glasses and contact lenses help us to see clearly, but vision therapy helps us to address problems with eye teaming, focusing, and processing visual information.
Questions? Do you think you may be a good candidate for Vision Therapy? Contact Central Ohio Vision and Eyecare below and our staff would be glad to set you up with an appointment with Dr. Kelbley!