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Sometimes, a vision problem can’t be corrected by spectacles, contact lenses and/or surgery alone.

These conditions may include:

…conditions which have shown promising results with Vision Therapy!

Vision therapy (or vision training) is a vision program designed to improve visual function and performance. It consists of a sequence of activities designed to help your eyes work more efficiently so that you can perform daily tasks (such as reading and writing) better. Vision therapy is for the eyes what physical therapy is for the body.

Remember, we may “look” through our eyes, but we “see” with our brain which processes what we see.

Even though VT exercises seem to be focused on training the eyes, most of the changes are taking place in the brain. VT exercises will train and develop your child’s visual skills until they become automatic and are subconsciously integrated with other skills. That’s right, your child doesn’t have to do vision therapy forever!

Vision Therapy works on the premise of neuroplasticity, which simply means as long as a person is alive, the brain will not stop learning! Changes can be made at any age, so yes—vision therapy can work for adults too!

Signs and Symptoms Your Child May Need Vision Therapy Include...

  • Presence of amblyopia and/or strabismus
  • Presence of eye movement disorders
  • Presence of convergence insufficiency
  • Presence of other binocular vision problems
  • Presence of accommodative (focussing) disorders
  • Presence of reading and and vision-related learning disabilities

Why Should Parents Be Concerned?

Many times a vision problem is not an eye issue in itself but how the brain interprets what the eye sees. This means even if your child passed the 20/20 visual acuity test, they may still have a vision problem.

1 in 5 schoolchildren have a vision problem that goes undetected. Most school vision screens only check for how clearly your child sees letters on a chart. Only a comprehensive eye test can detect hidden vision problems such as poor eye teaming, tracking or focussing—skills thccomat are critical for learning.

Children often don’t know they have a vision problem and assume that everyone sees the same as they do. Any undetected vision problem may negatively affect your child’s interest to learn, cause lower grades and may cause other setbacks which they may carry on through life.

Vision exercises can be performed at home, but latest research shows that office-based vision therapy by an eyecare professional is superior to home-based therapy for vision problems such as convergence insufficiency, double vision, amblyopia and strabismus.

How Can We Help?

Our highly trained vision therapists will guide your child through a series of visually directed challenges using sophisticated technology and techniques which may include lenses, prisms, optical devices and computer software/games with each exercise.

Your child will work on a one-to-one basis with our optometrist / vision therapist. We’ll start with simpler exercises then gradually progress to more challenging and complicated tasks. We keep your child’s exercises challenging enough to keep them motivated, but not too difficult that they become frustrated.

As each level of skill progresses, we increase the challenge then move on to other areas of vision difficulties that needs improvement. We’ll continue sessions until your child can efficiently complete the challenges naturally, without having to think about it (automatic).

After several sessions, watch your child begin to learn how to control their eyes with increased efficiency and agility and absorb information faster and with greater understanding. We aim that at the end of their sessions, your child emerges from therapy with greater confidence and the ability to perform better at school.

Is a hidden vision problem keeping your child from achieving their best? Book for a Comprehensive Eye Test Today.