Who can benefit from Vision Therapy?
Vision therapy is a cutting edge service that corrects certain vision disorders. There are numerous types of debilitating vision disorders that are not well known by the general public. They can be found in cases of traumatic brain injuries, children struggling with reading or academia, and cases where someone has had an episode of sudden visual impairment.
If you have experienced the following, please contact our Greensboro Vision Center:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neuro-Vision Rehabilitation
- Vision Disorders
Vision disorders can affect people of all ages, but arguably have the greatest affect on children who are trying to learn. Children who could otherwise be excelling in school are instead lagging because their vision makes academia difficult. Studies have shown that children having ADD or ADHD may also have a vision disorder that contributes to difficulty learning. Helping children and anyone with vision disorders has become Dr. Steven Miller’s passion within vision care.
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How does Vision Therapy work?
Vision therapy is like physical therapy, but for the brain and visual system. It is an optometrist supervised, non-surgical and customized program of visual exercises. It improves areas of the brain that are responsible for activating, controlling, and coordinating the visual system.
Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses, which simply correct the clarity of vision, vision therapy teaches the brain proper and efficient visual mechanics that were otherwise underdeveloped. The type of vision disorder dictates the types of tools and techniques used to complete a therapy program. Some therapy programs require the use of special lenses, prisms, filters, computer-based visual exercises and other instruments.
Most of all, vision therapy requires effort and cooperation. A therapy program usually requires 12-24 weeks where the patient will report to our Greensboro office once a week for a 45minute in-office therapy session. The patient will also engage in visual exercises at home at least three times a week.
Successful vision therapy outcomes are achieved through a therapeutic process that depends on the active engagement of the prescribing doctor, the vision therapist, the patient and (in the case of children) their parents.
Overall, the goal of vision therapy is to treat vision problems that cannot be treated successfully with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery alone. Once therapy is successfully completed, the patient’s brain has learned new skills and visual efficiency that will stay with them for the rest of his or her life.
Below is a link to a study proving that vision therapy works. The study is centered on remediating a particular vision disorder called a convergence insufficiency. The study evaluates the efficacy of treating this disorder through three modes: 1) pencil-push-up exercises alone, 2) a placebo vision therapy program, 3) an actual vision therapy program.
Read this review:
Son has convergence insufficiency . Dr. Steven Miller took a lot of time with my son to try and correct this problem. Dr. Steven was very mindful of my son’s abilities and was very friendly and personable with him. My son progressed very quickly . His teachers and I have seen a difference in his reading ability and even writing. I am glad we had this option to help my son and we are glad it was with someone who showed caring and kindness to my son and our family! We are even more grateful that we were going to an eye doc. that tested for this problem. It was a crazy blessing that this was discovered. All of these yrs my son has thought to have had a learning disability and now knowing it can be corrected is overwhelming great news!