Vision Therapy is an individualized, treatment program designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies. Vision Therapy sessions include procedures designed to enhance the brain's ability to control:


  • Eye Alignment
  • Eye Teaming
  • Eye Focusing Abilities
  • Eye Movements
  • Visual Processing

Visual-motor skills and endurance are developed through the use of specialized computer and optical devices, including therapeutic lenses, prisms, and filters. During the final stages of therapy, the patient's newly acquired visual skills are reinforced and made automatic through repetition and by integration with motor and cognitive skills.

A full evaluation will help us determine if your child has a visual problem that is interfering with learning. The doctor will also tell you if the problem responds to vision therapy. If vision therapy is indicated, an individualized program can be designed to specifically address the difficulties your child is having. When the visual system functions correctly, learning becomes enjoyable again. Your child is free to think and learn instead of struggling with the reading process. Where books were associated with headaches and discomfort, they can again become gateways to learning.


What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of A Visual Problem?

Physical Clues:

  • One eye turning in or out
  • Squinting, eye-rubbing
  • Excessive blinking
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Dizziness or nausea after reading
  • Head tilting, closing or covering an eye

Performance Clues:

  • Avoidance of near work
  • Frequent loss of place
  • Omits, inserts, or rereads words
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Letter or word reversal
  • Difficulty copying from the board
  • Poor handwriting
  • Inconsistent or poor sports performance

Secondary Symptoms:

  • Smart in everything but school
  • Low self-esteem, poor self-image
  • Temper flare-ups, aggressiveness
  • Short attention span and daydreaming
  • Fatigue, frustration, stress and/or irritability
  • Takes an excessive amount of time to complete homework



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Residency in Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation in a Private Practice

This practice offers private practice residencies to qualified candidates, allowing graduates of colleges of optometry to gain valuable clinical experience in providing vision therapy services. For more information about this pioneering program, see: Private Practice Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation (Optometric EducationVolume 36, Number 2 / Winter/Spring 2011 [PDF Format]

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