Sometimes called Vision Training or VT, is that part of optometric care devoted to developing, improving and enhancing visual performance when lenses alone are inefficient.
Over several decades, behavioral optometrists have developed and used visual training-in combination with syntonics, lenses, tints and prisms to:
Through visual training, people are able to develop more efficient visual performance!
Vision therapy is a personalized program of vision procedures or exercises that are designed to develop fundamental visual skills.
By participating in a vision therapy program, the patient is exposed to a variety of visual experiences that stimulate or develop neural connections within the patient's brain. It is very common, that the patient reports of increased attention, efficiency, and performance in school, work or sports after the completion of a vision therapy program.
Most vision therapy programs last from 6 to 9 months, depending on the extent of diagnosis from your behavioral optometrist.
Vision therapy patients, are typically seen once a week for a vision therapy session that lasts for 30 minutes to an hour. The therapy sessions are individualized and will include at-home practice procedures.
Making a commitment to practice vision therapy at home or "completing homework" is essential for the success of a therapy program. After all, practice is the main way to become proficient in a new skill or behaviour.
Homework usually only takes about 15 minutes per day. Each activity assigned by your therapist will be challenging enough to keep you (or your child) engaged and interested and not too difficult, that it becomes frustrating.
Research has given sufficient scientific support for the effectiveness of vision therapy and its ability to improve eye movements, focusing and eye teaming skills.
The Canadian Association of Optometrists considers vision therapy to be an effective way to develop, correct, improve or rehabilitate specific dysfunctions of the vision system.
Vision therapy gives individuals of all ages the opportunity to develop visual abilities and visual efficiency most suited to their needs. Successful vision therapy can enable individuals to achieve or return to their desired level of performance, enhancing their quality of life.
Good visual skills are necessary for efficient information processing. When processing visual information that is difficult, one may “try harder”, straining without even knowing it because the effort is subconscious. If the visual system is inefficient, every task can seem difficult, using more energy than required.
Tracking - the ability of the eyes to move smoothly across a printed page or while following a moving object.
Fixation - quickly and accurately locating and inspecting a series of stationary objects, such as words while reading.
Focus change - looking quickly from far to near and back without blur.
Depth perception - judging relative distances of objects-how far or near they are.
Peripheral vision - monitoring and interpreting what is happening in the surrounding field of vision.
Binocularity - using both eyes together as a team-smoothly, equally and accurately.
Maintaining attention - keeping focused on a particular activity while interference, such as noise, is present.
Visualization - accurately picturing images in the "mind's eye," retaining and storing them for future recall.
Near vision acuity - clearly seeing, inspecting, identifying and understanding objects viewed within arm's length.
Distance acuity - clearly seeing, inspecting, identifying and understanding objects viewed at a distance.
Vision perception - understanding what is seen.
Good visual skills are necessary for efficient information processing. When processing visual information is difficult, one may "try harder". Straining without even knowing it because the effort is subconscious. If the visual system is inefficient, every task can seem difficult, using more energy than required.