Vision Therapy is exactly what the name implies—therapy for your eyes. When your
mind or body is suffering, it is recommended for you to receive therapy. The same
sentiment goes for your eyes and vision care.
What Is Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a doctor supervised, non-surgical, and customized program of
visual activities designed to correct or improve certain visual skills. It has been
proven to be an effective form of treatment for people that cannot be treated with
eyeglasses or contact lenses alone.
Where glasses and contacts simply compensate for vision problems, vision therapy
attempts to teach the visual system to correct itself. It is preferred in some cases
over eye surgery as it is a gentle and non-invasive approach to correcting eye issues.
How Does Vision Therapy Work?
Vision therapy can include the use of lenses, prisms, filters, computer-assisted visual
activities, and other tools in order to improve vision. However, successful vision therapy is not achieved on a structured list of tools and techniques. Instead, it is
dependent on active engagement of both doctor and patient in order to determine
what is necessary for the patient’s development.
Vision therapy can be used to treat various different eye/ vision conditions such as:
Strabismus (misaligned eyes)
Amblyopia (lazy eye)
Eye movement disorders
Accommodative (focusing) disorders
Vision problems acquired due to brain injury
Vision therapy has been proven to be successful because studies have shown that
the human brain can change to function and respond to new stimuli. Neurological
changes associated with learning occur mostly during early childhood, which is why
vision therapy can be extremely effective for children, but it also happens in
adulthood. Vision therapy in this way can still be very effective; it just may take a bit
longer to “teach the old dog new tricks”.
What Vision Therapy Is Not.
It is important to understand that vision therapy does not promise that you will
“never need glasses again” after going through the corrective process. It cannot
necessarily reverse nearsightedness, farsightedness, or other vision issues. Instead
vision therapy’s approach as a full program of professionally developed and
individually tailored techniques aim to help people’s vision problems improve and
relieve them of their discomfort or irritation. It is not the same as sports vision
therapy or reverse learning disabilities.
Vision therapy is a helpful therapeutic program. It is similar to physiotherapy but is
instead a corrective regimen for your eyes instead of your body. If you have certain
eye issues that you would like corrected, vision therapy might be the treatment for
you. Call Dr. D’Orio Eye Care, located in North York 416.661.5555 & Toronto
416.656.2020, and talk to our vision therapy experts to find out what the best
course of action is for you.