Vision Therapy in Clearwater, FL
Vision Therapy is a type of treatment used to correct vision problems, improve visual skills and abilities, and enhance overall performance. It may include various activities and exercises designed to address issues such as focusing, eye coordination, depth perception, and eye tracking. Dr. Gindi and our professional team of eye doctors are here to provide you with the vision therapy, vision care, and vision correction you may need to work through your current visual challenges.
We promise to provide personalized and professional visual training care to every single one of our patients. Your eye health is an extremely important aspect of your everyday activities which is why we utilize our extensive skills, optometric vision therapy, and advanced technology to provide you with clear and comfortable vision.
Symptoms of Vision Disorders
Many vision disorders are responsible for not only causing physical symptoms but also developmental lags in the areas of visual processing (especially for children). These symptoms include;
- headaches or fatigue after reading,
- poor hand-eye coordination,
- double vision,
- or motion sickness.
Additional symptoms such as visual memory dysfunctions, visual motor integration skills deficiencies, and confusion in the area of directionality may also be possible. If you suffer from any of the listed visual problems that cannot be successfully treated with eyeglasses, contacts, and/or surgery alone, visual therapy might be suitable for you.
Issues Vision Therapy Can Help Correct
Optometric and behavioral vision therapy is a form of treatment that addresses problems with visual function and visual processing in both children and adults. But what exact vision problems can vision therapy treat?
Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye”, is a vision development issue that occurs when the eye is unable to attain normal visual acuity. This is due to poorly developed connections between the brain and the eye. In most cases, these connections are made at a young age, which is why lazy eye can be most commonly diagnosed in children. Vision training can be used to retrain the eyes of younger children and adults.
Strabismus is more commonly referred to as crossed-eyes and refers to the vision problem where a person is unable to simultaneously align both eyes, lacking peripheral awareness. This results in one or both eyes constantly or intermittently turning inward, outward, up, or down. It is a vision problem that always requires treatment with vision therapy being the most preferable option.
Vision constantly involves the adjustment of eye focus as you look from one object to another. These eye movements are accomplished by using an eye muscle called the ciliary muscle. Focusing problems occur if you are unable to quickly and accurately constrict or relax this focusing muscle, or if you cannot maintain this muscle contraction for sufficient periods of time. Vision therapy works to strengthen those weaker eye muscles.
In order to see correctly, both eyes need to be precisely and accurately coordinated. Each eye works to relay matching images back to the brain, which in turn creates one focused image. Binocular vision dysfunction or “eye-teaming” problems result in the brain’s reception of two different images, causing double vision and/or visual discomfort. The two binocular vision dysfunctions are; convergence problems (bringing both eyes together) and divergence problems (releasing eyes from the convergence position). Vision therapy is an ideal treatment for the issues caused by binocular dysfunction and can help teach the brain to correctly process images.
Eye Movement Dysfunction
Oculomotor dysfunction or tracking problems are common eye-movement disorders where people are unable to accurately follow a moving object, or quickly shift their eyes from one fixed point to another. These skills are necessary to correctly and smoothly process visual information that occurs as your eyes move quickly over words or objects. Vision therapy can help teach these eye movements to patients.
Visual Perception Dysfunction
Visual processing involves the ability to analyze and interpret visual input and information. Visual perception dysfunction can cause a variety of problems including; visual motor integration skills (handwriting difficulties), visual memories issues, directionality confusion (mixing or reversal of letters “b” and “d”, or the words “on” and “no”), as well as the inability to discern left from right. Vision therapy can help with this dysfunction.
How To Know if Vision Therapy is Right for You?
Vision therapy aims to help rehabilitate the entire visual system by a series of eye exercises uniquely selected for you. This customized program can be effective in improving visual skills for adults, as well as for children who are beginning to develop signs of vision problems. The benefits also extend beyond the visual system, as improved visual efficiency can lead to improvements in areas like reading speed and comprehension, sports performance, learning disabilities, and even one’s ability to process information and problem solve.
So if you would like to book a preliminary comprehensive eye exam to see if you or your child can benefit from vision therapy, call our office (727)-531-6956 to schedule an appointment.