What is Vision Therapy?

80% of What We Learn is Through our Eyes

At Bellevue Vision Clinic, we know that being able to see clearly is only a small part of what makes up your vision.  Statistics show, for instance, that 80% of what we learn is through our eyes. As a result, impaired vision can have a profound impact on how people learn and process incoming visual information. Untreated ocular conditions can be particularly damaging to children and can further worsen digital eye strain.

Vision Therapy
Vision therapy is a type of physical therapy for the eyes and brain -- is a highly effective non-surgical treatment for many common visual problems such as lazy eye, crossed eyes, double vision, convergence insufficiency and some reading and learning disabilities. Many patients who have been told, "it's too late," or "you'll have to learn to live with it" have benefited from vision therapy.
In the case of learning disabilities, vision therapy is specifically directed toward resolving visual problems which interfere with reading, learning and educational instruction. Optometrists do not claim that vision therapy is a direct treatment for learning disabilities.
What is involved in a Vision Therapy program?
  • A progressive program of vision "exercises" or procedures
  • Performed under doctor supervision
  • Individualized to fit the visual needs of each patient
  • Generally conducted in-office, in once or twice weekly sessions of 30 minutes to an hour
  • Occasionally supplemented with procedures done at home between office visits ("home reinforcement" or "homework")
  • Depending on the case, the procedures are prescribed to:
    • Help patients develop or improve fundamental visual skills and abilities;
    • Improve visual comfort, ease, and efficiency;
    • Change how a patient processes or interprets visual information.
Vision Therapy-  It's Not Just Eye Exercises!
Unlike other forms of exercise, the goal of Vision Therapy is not to strengthen eye muscles. Your eye muscles are already incredibly strong. Vision Therapy is not to be confused with any self-directed self-help program of eye exercises which is or has been marketed to the public.
In-office Vision Therapy is provided and managed by optometric vision care professionals and many types of specialized and/or medical equipment can be used such as:
  • corrective lenses (regulated medical devices)
  • therapeutic lenses (regulated medical devices)
  • prism lenses (regulated medical devices)
  • optical filters
  • occluders or eye patches
  • electronic targets with timing mechanisms
  • computer software
  • balance boards (vestibular device)
  • visual-motor-sensory integration training devices

Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors to learn more and discuss any questions or concerns you have.


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